Despite the “A2017” moniker, we should expect ZTE to produce this phone well before next year comes to pass. At least, if business continues on the way it has been.
While we have seen the Axon Pro listed as the A1P, ZTE has also named a China-destined Axon with a fingerprint sensor the A2015. The Axon Elite that came out during the fall was marked down as the A2016. But those two phone weren’t exactly intended for the US market, so it leaves us wondering if we’ll have to catch a different codename for that business. But “ZTE A2017” is going to be the name we have to work with as we find that such a device has come to GFXBench for some testing.
It’s here that we find pretty typical specs for a 2016 flagship, including a 5.5-inch quad HD screen, a Snapdragon 820 with all the trimmings, a theoretical 4GB of RAM tagged with 64GB of storage and a 20-megapixel camera alongside an 8-megapixel selfie shooter (barring rounding errors). And yes, the phone’s on Android 6.0.1. That’s all she possibly wrote.
We’re wondering how the parts acquisition process is going for ZTE, given its ongoing troubles with the Commerce Department. Beyond that, we hope that doesn’t put a kink in launching this thing, if everything we see here is valid.