The ZTE Z986 has been spotted online; includes Android 7.1.1 and a massive 6-inch screen

The ZTE Z986 has been spotted online; includes Android 7.1.1 and a massive 6-inch screen
Throughout 2016 and even so far in 2017, ZTE has proven to know a thing or two about what it takes to create a quality smartphone that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Last year's Axon 7 lineup and ZMAX Pro proved to be some of the best smartphones for their price range, and this year's Consumer Electronics Show is where we were first introduced to the commendable Blade V8 Pro.

ZTE already has some true winners under its belt, but the company is nowhere near to calling it quits. ZTE took the stage at Mobile World Congress 2017 to announce the Blade V8 Mini and V8 Lite, and a new leak that's just surfaced shows off a heap of information for a ZTE-branded phone with the model name Z986. The leak comes by way of a GFXBench performance benchmark test, and the two biggest takeaways from it are the large 6-inch 1920 x 1080 FHD display and presence of Android 7.1.1 Nougat that should be running on the phone from day one.


Powering the ZTE Z986 is an octa-core Snapdragon processor that's clocked at 2.0GHz, Adreno 506 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. The rear camera will feature either a 12 or 13MP sensor, the front-facing shooter will be of a 5MP nature, and 16GB of storage is present out of the box for locally storing all of your files.

There's no word on pricing or availability for the Z986, but judging by the specs that are including with the phone, our guess is that it'll be quite affordable. Most of the spec sheet is fairly underwhelming, but folks looking for a large display and the latest version of Android could find a lot to like with ZTE's latest offering once it's officially announced.

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8 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will also come with 1st class data mining software that sends your info to sketchy Chinese servers...

2. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

while all the other devices are being monitored by the cia

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hey, you can't forget all the freebies that China has thrown on them. I think it's call free spyware.

3. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Hmmmm. Which should I choose: sketchy Chinese servers or the CIA ? Guess it really doesn't matter.

4. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Hmmmm. Which should I choose: sketchy Chinese servers or the CIA ? Guess it really doesn't matter. Hey its got Nougat 7.1.1 and that's all that really matters. Right?

5. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

ZTE got caught selling US tech to N.Korea,

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not only that. Who knows what spyware is installed on them.

6. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

it's best to stay away from Chinese devices, don't know what they're gonna do, if they can sell us tech to enemies of the us, what can't they do

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