ZTE Axon 9 Pro announcement teased with high-quality product image

ZTE Axon 9 speculation was rekindled just a few weeks ago, but following a fairly vague recent official IFA teaser and event invitation, the phone’s upcoming announcement has already been confirmed on the company’s Twitter and Weibo channels.

Bizarrely enough, while all the specifications remain under wraps, ZTE has decided to build further buzz for its next flagship model by... sharing a high-res product image on Chinese social media.

We’re not talking about an obscured or blurred-out photograph in any way, mind you, as today’s official ZTE Axon 9 Pro render reveals pretty much everything we need to know about the handset’s design.

At first glance, we must say this thing looks a tad generic, resembling the vast majority of high-enders out there (and a growing number of mid-rangers too) with a wide screen cutout, generous “chin”, narrow side bezels, vertically-arranged dual rear cameras, and a circular fingerprint scanner also mounted on the back. 

It’s hard to be certain of this just by looking at a press-friendly render, but the Axon 9 Pro seems to adopt a shiny all-glass construction that’s grown in mainstream industry popularity of late.

Bottom line, for its grand comeback, it looks like ZTE will play its cards relatively safe, essentially following every modern trend you can imagine. Then again, the company has been dropping hints about 5G innovations too, so what if the Axon 9 ends up being the world’s first smartphone (theoretically) capable of next-gen download speeds? By the way, we’re also curious to see how the Axon 9 Pro will differ from the non-Pro variant. Only a little over a week to go...

Sources: Weibo (1), (2), Twitter

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Axon 9 Pro
  • Display 6.2" 1080 x 2248 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I have a notched phone but I can't understand this notch though. Why so wide, this loses the real estate needed for icons to sit around it? Seems dumb to implement the notch and leave so little screen. So much will be hidden unnecessarily.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Axon 7 is really good looking phone. Why do they have to ruin that with notch?

5. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Well, first, it isn't an Axon 7. Second, no one really cares about the notch except for people who just really like complaining. If it didn't have a notch, I bet you'd complain that it needed one.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh so you can see the future, nice! Everyone come look at this guy here.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

so unfortunate... the damn chin is terrible too... i loved the axon 7... they should have remained original... so sad

10. matistight

Posts: 1023; Member since: May 13, 2009

Exactly, where's the front facing speakers???

3. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

So they held it off for two years just to come back with an iPhone X copy??

4. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

This phone has been in development before their short ban, so they should have no excuse for designing such an ugly phone

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Phone designers want to differentiate themselves from the pack. Yet many of them copy the iPhone X. How ironic.

9. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The notch is too wide. The remaining space isn't worth the effort.

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