ZTE Axon 2 listed on TENAA with Snapdragon 820

Axon 2

Apparently it’s the Snapdragon 820 flagship season, because another one of those has just surfaced on the TENAA certification site. This time it’s the successor for the Axon line and the ZTE Axon 2 looks pretty much the same design-wise as the last generation at first glance. The same HTC-like look of the front panel is there, but when you turn the phone over the differences will start to flow in.

Axon 2 is going to offer more rounded full metal body than the predecessor, but with significantly thicker body than its normal these days with 9.8mm and 174g of weight. ZTE engineers decided to ditch the dual camera setup of the first gen so the Axon 2 will feature lone 20 Mpix back camera with dual LED flash and fingeprint scanner just below the lens. Front cam is probably going to be pretty good selfie shooter with 8 Mpix too.

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On the hardware side the phone will have 5,5-inch OLED display with 2K resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage, USB type-C port and 3140 mAh battery. It’s also highly likely that there is going to be slightly toned down version with only 3 GB RAM (and 32 GB of storage ?). The phone will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.

Official release date of the Axon 2 is yet unknown, but at least we have some pricing rumors for you. The 3 GB version is supposed to be sold for something around 2699 yuan (415$), while the 4 GB one takes an extreme jump to 3888 yuan (598$). That sounds pretty fishy to me, because such price discrepancy can’t be attributed to just a small bump up in RAM and storage capacity, there must be something else in play. We shall see pretty soon i guess with the official launch event information.

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  1. MattD
    April 26, 2016

    So… 10mm thick phone with a 3000mah battery and still a protruding camera?! Like WTF?!?!

    • Assefa Hanson
      April 26, 2016

      im puzzled myself

    • Roberto Tomás
      April 26, 2016

      I find it strange that they went back to 1 camera… I wonder if this is a lytro-kind of a thing?

    • Alexis T
      April 26, 2016

      It can be an unraveled technological advance from ZTE (like passive cooling i7 + Radeon in a phone). Or maybe incompetence as a manufacturer + search of highest margin.

      atm anything is possible.

  2. Roberto Tomás
    April 26, 2016

    so now (looking at that crazy price) it will be hi quality audio and a VR headset.

  3. balcobomber25
    April 26, 2016

    Like Apple it is very much “inspired” by HTC. For me it is way to thick for a 2016 phone. Like MattD said with that thickness it should at least have a much bigger battery or a flush camera. Good Luck to ZTE on this one.

    • Joel Adames
      April 26, 2016

      From the sides picture i asume it has a very curved back that ends up in iPhone like thin sides. We will see…

  4. Joel Adames
    April 26, 2016

    These ARE news… OK?
    Now that we got that cleared…

    I do like those 2front SPEAKERS audio and hope for HI-Fi audio on the earplugs. Now if the really rounded back counst It migth be really confortable. Did you guys noted it is not 200grms but more like 174 i bet for thick at the very middle and a nice curve dragged to the borders.
    Anyways it is a bit over priced.
    Fabian you mention that “is likely a toned down bla bla bla” but then in the next paragraph even specific pricing is given so… Uhmmm you get the point. And yes it is odd that big difference in price unless the mild version happens to go just FHD and maybe lower camera and maybe no NFC if it ever gets it… Just saying.

    • realjjj
      April 26, 2016

      The price mentioned in the article is baseless speculation.
      If we were to speculate, the Axon Pro launched last year at 399$ in the US with 1440p, SD810, 4GB… so it would be reasonable enough to expect a similar pricing. At that price it would be better value than Xiaomi ( cheapest 2 versions 3GB RAM and ofc 1080p) or Zuk (assuming 2499CNY pricing for the 4GB Zuk ) , with only LeEco offering more but LeEco has some downsides and they won’t have enough supply anytime soon. LeEco sold 1 million units in 2 hours today , their first sale for the 3 new phones.The Max 2 delivery times were at a few weeks to begin with and this model sold out in 57 seconds.Will take at least a few months before the Max 2 prices settle.

  5. Yōsei
    April 27, 2016

    I love front-facing speakers. I will sell my S7 edge that disappoint me with its weak sound and buy this instead.