China’s ZTE just got certification for a new smartphone model, which is believed to be the Axon 7s and that has some weird specification. It wants to look like a flagship, but there are some specs that doesn’t recommends it as a true flagship.
The model that appears at TENAA is registered under the name of ZTE A2018, it get stereo speakers, dual rear cameras, fingerprint scanner, 5.5-inci 2K OLED display and 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of ROM with support for storage expansion.
The strange part comes with the processor. The A2018 is powered by an unspecified 2.15GHz quad-core processor. Some say it is the Snapdragon 820 but while it is unusual for ZTE to under-clock their processors, it could be Snapdragon 821. But it could even be the Snapdragon 820, even though it odd to release a phone with a Snapdragon 820 phone in 2017. Also the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was released in 2015. And that’s why we think ZTE A2018 is not quite the flagship, ZTE fans might’ve waited.
The dual rear cameras on the ZTE A2018 are the same 20MP + 12MP dual combination as the Axon 7s though they have a 1.5x optical zoom. The front facing camera is an 8MP sensor and there is a 3320mAh battery under the hood. The phone measures 151.7 × 75 × 7.7mm, weighs 170g.
Since the ZTE A2018 has gotten its TENAA certification, the launch should not be far off. However, we think the phone is another variant of the Axon 7s and not necessarily a different phone entirely.