2018 was a difficult year for ZTE. Following the announcement of the continuation of the Axon 7, ZTE was accused by the US government of spying on the Chinese government. After much back and forth ZTE is now fully operational in the US. And Axon 9, once considered dead, is back on track.
When the ZTE Axon 7 arrived two years ago, he questioned the idea of the flagship, the price. The Axon 7 offered better specifications than the OnePlus 3 for the same price. Although it was not perfect (especially its software), it has evolved over time into an amazing phone with great ROM support and is well on the way to getting Android Oreo. When ZTE announced the Axon 9 (they skipped the Axon 8), many Android users were thrilled.
We hope that ZTE will learn from their mistakes and their success so far and will replace them. And with their US operation, which was rescued by President Trump, we hope they will take this opportunity to truly deliver a great successor two years later.
- OS Version: Android 8.0 Oreo
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845  GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 4 GB or 6 GB
- Display: 6 "2880 x 1440 AMOLED
- Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
- Rear view camera: 20 MP f / 1.7 and unknown second camera with dual LED flash
- Front camera: 13 MP and unknown secondary camera
- Speaker: Rear firing
- Additional Features: Fingerprint Scanner Integrated in Display
- Price: $ 550- $ 630
When the US Department of Commerce introduced the ZTE ban, it prevented it that a US company took part in trading with the Chinese company. As a result, it made the chance of the Axon 9 almost impossible since both Qualcomm and Google are American companies.
While there was a question as to whether Google's Android operating system was banned (since it was open source)), there was no question about Qualcomm, making it impossible for the ZTE Axon 9 to use Qualcomm's latest chipset (or any other) Chips) used. But after the ban was lifted, ZTE should have no problem with the latest from Qualcomm.
When ZTE unveiled the Axon series for the first time in 2015, they released two models, the ZTE Axon and the ZTE Axon Pro. While skipping the Pro model with the Axon 7, it seems they are bringing it back with the Axon 9 series. An official Weibo post from ZTE shows the Pro model, which has a different design than the previously leaked Axon 9.
Similar to the Pixel 3 series, ZTE is a phone with a display notch and one without, with the Pro version will be the first. The camera is also located in the upper left corner of the back cover compared to the Axon 9, which has the camera centered.
6 "QuadHD + AMOLED display
According to AndroidHits, the Axon 9 becomes a 6-inch – AMOLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440. While there are no rumors about the specifications of the Pro version, we expect a slightly larger screen to separate the two products, and because of the display notch, the resolution will also be different.
According to AndroidHits, the Axon 9 will have four cameras – two in the front and two in the back We do not know the specifications of the secondary lenses, We know that the main camera in the back of 20 MP and the primary front camera has 13 MP Whether it is a wide-angle or a telephoto lens can At least we assume that portrait mode should be available on both cameras.
The leaked images look like the Axon 9 Join the small list of Android smartphones that still have capacitive buttons. Much of the device has removed these hardware buttons in the search for thin apertures, but it looks like ZTE is tackling this trend. While the buttons have shrunk, the fans of the Axon 7 will have no trouble adjusting as layout and placement are similar.
What we do not know
Currently, neither the leaked images nor rumors address the elephant in the room, recording a headphone jack. The Axon 7 not only had one, but also had one of the best 3.5mm headphone jacks when it was released two years ago. Recording a hi-fi DAC made it possible to beat audio and surpass our list of best midrange phones for music lovers, so it would be a shame for ZTE to give up this feature.
Additionally, there is no mention of speakers outside their placement on the back of the phone. One of the key benefits of the Axon 7 over the OnePlus 3 was its audio capability. It was one of the first phones Dolby Atmos offered, delivering one of the cleanest speakers (a feature only surpassed by the recently released Razer Phone). Many fans of the Axon series (including myself) hope that ZTE will continue to focus on audio quality.
While this is all we know about the Axon 9 today, we will continue this article as new information comes out. Are you looking forward to the Axon 9? What features do you hope for with the new device? Let us know in the comment section.