ZTE, who we know for shipping out a device and going into hiding before letting us know about another seems to have changed their tactics. Strangely, this OEM has appeared online a couple of times already with regards to different handsets.
They recently released a new build for their Snapdragon 820 powered 2016 flagship smartphone, the ZTE Axon 7 which added new functionalities and came with bug fixes for it. Thereafter, they revealed their interest in making official a successor to the aforementioned handset with the moniker, ZTE Axon 7s.
This device will come in with a more powerful SD821 chipset and other niche additions. Nonetheless, this is not enough to classify the Axon 7s as a worthy 2017 flagship. This is not to undermine the power of the SD821 chipset, but the fact that they silently announced it brought us to the conclusion.
Now, thanks to TENAA, we get to see what might just be their next flagship smartphone which has the codename ZTE A2018. From the images provided by TENAA, there is a striking resemblance between this phone and the Axon 7s. More so, since A2018 is definitely not the final name of the device, we might just be looking at the same device as the Axon 7s has not been officially launched yet.
On the outside, the Axon 7s and ZTE A2018 both have their dual camera and fingerprint scanner positioned on the same place at the back. They both come in with what we can call the same stereo speakers and they also have Quad HD OLED touchscreen displays.
The ZTE A2018 has an 8Mp snapper above its crispy display which is accompanying a dual camera at the back comprising of 12MP secondary sensor and a 20MP primary shooter. These back sensors have PDAF capabilities and they are also graced with 1.5x optical zoom.
It runs the Android Marshmallow operating system from the box and is powered by and an unspecified processor running at a speed of 2.15GHz. This SoC will be bundled up with 4GB of RAM and storage choices of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB all of which are made expandable to an additional 256GB.
There is a 3320mAh battery pack under the hood keeping the lights on for many hours. With this large battery, the phone manages to remain sizeable as it weighs in at 170g.
We are still in the dark as to when the A2018 will go official, however, since it has made its way through TENAA, then the wait shouldn’t be long.