The ZTE Axon 7 was – and still is – one of the best flagship killers out there. It has a great build, high-end specs and features, yet priced at way below the likes of Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and other 2016 flagships.
Now, in 2017, we expect to see the phone’s successor in the shape of ZTE Axon 8, but the company is still silent on the matter. Despite the silence, it doesn’t mean that nothing is going on. In fact, the latest developments give us what could be the first look at what the Chinese OEM is planning to release in the coming weeks.
Released in June 2016, the ZTE Axon 7 should be ready to welcome a successor, possibly this or next month. If ZTE sticks to its previous calendar, the ZTE Axon 8 should be announced this month, with an official release to follow in June. But before this happens, as usual, we have some leaked photos and specs that are said to be for the Axon 8 thanks to China’s certification body TENAA.
Even though these features – and design – are somehow impressive, there’s one or two letdowns to expect, if at all the leaks are to be believed. Apparently, the ZTE Axon 8 should stick to the same design materials, but this time around, there will be a dual-lens camera on the back. Apparently, this setup will include a 20MP lens and a 12MP lens and just below them will be a fingerprint scanner. For the front shooter, you’ll get an 8MP lens for selfies and video calls.
The display screen is set to remain at 5.5 inches with a WQHD AMOLED resolution, but there might some real disappointments when it comes to the performance specs. Like the Axon 7, the incoming ZTE Axon 8 might come in with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Alternatively, the slightly improved Snapdragon 821 could take over from last year’s SD820, with the RAM sticking at 4GB (although the Chinese market got a 6GB/128GB variant of the Axon 7).
In terms of memory, the ZTE Axon 8 will reportedly come in with three storage options of 64GB, 128GB and a massive 256GB and keeping the device alive will be a decent 3320mAh battery unit, slightly bigger than the 3250mAh unit used on the Axon 7. Another disappointment on the Axon 8 could be the OS, where the leaks suggest that Android Marshmallow will run the show out of the box, which is an add choice given that the Axon 7 is already running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat thanks to an OTA update.
These are just leaks and not word from ZTE. In short, take the report with a grain of salt – or perhaps two – at least until ZTE comes out to clear the air. We’ll be looking out for more details and update you when available. Stay tuned!
Update: According to fresh reports, it actually appears that this is not a ZTE Axon 8, rather, it’s a variant of the Axon 7S. This justifies our earlier dissatisfaction with the specs of the alleged Axon 8, which had hardware specs that are so 2016.