Imitation, they say (though who ‘they’ are is up for debate), is the sincerest form of flattery. A competitor may mock, but if you catch them tracing around your design to make theirs, then you know you’ve probably done something right. So I suppose in some way, Apple is the real winner out of today’s announcement that the ZTE Blade D6 not only exists, but is coming out in the next few months where it’ll tour Australia, Russia and Japan as the iPhone 6 knock off it is. So what’s going on under that ‘high grade’ aluminium alloy body, then? Let’s find out.

Certain styling thoughts aside, the Blade D6 is about as mid-range as you can possibly go, with a 5″ 720p iPS display, MediaTek’s 64-bit MT6735 SoC with a 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU and Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, a 2,200mAh battery and the usual assortment of sensors, antennae and connectivity options.

Rounding out the specifications are a 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash (sound familiar, iPhone 6 owners?) and a 88-degree wide angle 5MP front facing camera which packs in all the dumb features that camera software includes these days, like beatification options and smile shutters. There’s also a 3-in-2 SIM tray, which either accepts a micro-SIM and a nano-SIM or a micro-SIM and a MicroSD card, depending on your preference.

Returning to that, ahem, inspired design for the moment, it’s made of 6013 aluminium alloy and is 6.95mm thin, weighing 120 grams, which means that whilst it’s unlikely to be the fastest phone it should at least feel mighty pleasant in the hand. Here’s what Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE Mobile had to say:

We’re delighted to unveil both our first ever smart home gateway and the latest rendition in our affordable premium Blade series at this year’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai. The smart home revolution is fast upon us, and our strong track record in R&D has allowed us to deliver an innovative product to support this emerging trend.

The Blade D6 should be trickling into markets over the next few months, where it’ll be available in pink, gold, gray and silver. We’re still working on getting a price, but will update this article when it becomes clear. Until then, why not check out our Chinese made smartphone buyers guide?

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