ZTE Axon 9 will be the spiritual successor to the Axon 7 flagship

ZTE Axon 9 will be the spiritual successor to the Axon 7 flagship
ZTE is expected to unveil a new flagship in the not so distant future, but for some reason, the Chinese company has decided to skip the Axon 8 naming scheme in favor of Axon 9. The only thing that comes to mind is that maybe ZTE wants to have the same number next to its flagship as Samsung.

As many of you already know, Samsung plans to unveil the Galaxy S9/S9+ next month of MWC 2018. Perhaps ZTE believes an Axon 9 can better compete with Samsung's flagship, rather than an Axon 8.

The information was recently confirmed by ZTE's CEO, Cheng Lixin, at the Axon M official launch in China last week. Aside from announcing that the company's next flagship smartphone will be named Axon 9, ZTE's CEO didn't reveal anything else.

Still, you can expect the Axon 9 to be a true flagship killer since this is ZTE's only chance to compete in the US with more popular brands like Samsung and Apple.

source: Pocketnow

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Axon 7
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3250 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. BGChicago

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 16, 2014


2. burkett375

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Give it OFFICIAL verizon support this time! not going to happen with all the crap with Huawei that just happened.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's up to Verizon, so probably not.

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I love my Axon 7 and the warranty is top notch. Looking forward to the Axon 9. Hopefully it has an 18:9 display and stereo speakers.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I loved my Axon 7 too. Had mine for 14 months. It was just getting a little long in the tooth so I had to switch it up for something else. If the Axon 9 has the same recipe I'm totally going to buy it. But if they change it too much from what the 7 is I'm not interested. I don't want some stupid iPhone clone or a Galaxy look a like.

5. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Have you guys tried the Google camera app on it? I would love to see few samples, I wanted to buy the Axon 7 since day one, but the camera was always holding me back.

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1388; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i wasn't able to get it installed :(

9. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

The phone doesn't support camera2 api. We can only hope that ZTE will add it to the OREO build.

10. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That sucks. I was hoping it works on the Axon 7 as well, as it can turn any mediocre camera phone with a good hardware, into a very good and even great performer. I had the Essential Phone for almost 10 days, and I'm not exaggerating, with the Google camera app, I was getting better pictures than my Note 8. That HDR+ is a piece of magic.

8. Furbal unregistered

Get a good camera and it's a winner.

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1989; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I can already predict the specs. 6" 18:9 "bezel less" screen, 4GB RAM with lower level of storage (probably 64GB), and 6GB RAM with higher level (128GB). Some sort of poor implementation of a dual camera setup. And the latest from Qualcomm. Just like every other phone. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

12. ShadowHammer

Posts: 213; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

It is kind of sad that phone makers don't really have many hardware options to really distinguish themselves in today's market. It seems like software customizations are the main differentiator. It makes me wonder - how much more innovative can the smartphone format get?

13. JerryR

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Bought my Axon 7 online during Black Friday mania, had been waiting for a deal before replacing my dying Note 4. Paid about $355, fell in love with it, then it was my first lost/stolen phone in almost 3 decades! And no I didn't have google security location on. I am just know recovering from my grief! I have been anxiously waiting for the Axon 8. Now I am wondering if the 9 will be as reasonably priced? Or will the next gen be priced higher than their first flagship competitor? Any ideas about the initial pricing? Were the low production rates of the 7 due to low pricing to wedge into the high end market? Not sure how much longer my Note 4 will make it?

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