In 2016, Chinese manufacturer ZTE launched a smartphone called ZTE Axon 7, which stopped shipping now. But ZTE promised they would launch a worthy successor of the device.
A new smartphone from ZTE has been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The device includes model number Z2321U and is speculated to be the ZTE Axon 8, the successor of the ZTE Axon 7. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo, which is currently available only for the Pixel and Nexus devices.
This is the first time the device has been spotted and hasn’t appeared yet on other certification sites like FCC, TENAA, or Bluetooth SIG. It speculated the device will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, to be held next month from February 28 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. This certification hints at the fact that the device is ready for sale.
Apart from the OS, there is no other information about the ZTE Z2321U. As for the ZTE Axon 7, specs had an Aluminium body and a 5.5-inch AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. It was powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 coupled with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal space. The device offered a 20 MP rear camera sensor and 8 MP front camera sensor, which supported 2160@ 30fps, 1080p@ 30/60fps, and 720p@ 240fps recording. The device first ran on Android 6.01 Marshmallow ( later got the Nougat update) and was backed by a non-removable Li-ion 3250 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The device included a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security.
Compared to the Axon 7, the ZTE Axon 8 should have flagship-level specs. The MWC 2018 is also an excellent event to get to the competition, where flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 are expected to be there.