ZTE launched its flagship device under its Axon series in China, the ZTE Axon 7 last year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Now, the company has officially confirmed to roll out the Oreo update to Axon 7 in April 2018. The Chinese company has already stopped Axon 7 production, so it is expected that the smartphone will not get any major Android OS updates going forward.
The update’s roll out time frame has been revealed by ZTE’s German forums. The post says “Our plan is that we expect to distribute the new software update to your devices in April 2018. With the update, our new Stock + UI for the Axon 7 will also be available for the first time.” As per the post, the update will bring the Stock UI to make the user experience with lesser or even no bloatware.
The Android 8.0 Oreo comes with several new features like picture-in-picture mode that lets users to two tasks simultaneously. So, for example, one can minimise a YouTube video while sending a text message or writing an email. Google has also introduced Android Vitals, which helps in optimizing battery life, startup time and more. Under system optimizations, the company had made it easier to run faster and smoother.
Then there are the Notification dots, which are basically tiny chat heads for notifications. The user can long-tap on a Notification Dot and it will preview the notification, and one can swipe to dismiss, drag down to see the full notification or tap to open the app. Google made it easier to remember your passwords with Autofill framework. This allows users to autofill the user id and passwords, which makes it easier to log in to different apps, while you are setting up a new device.
The ZTE Axon 7 features 5.5-inch AMOLED (2560 x 1440 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It is fitted with a Quad-Core Snapdragon 820 64-bit processor, which is paired with Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of internal storage, and an expandable storage slot of up to 128GB capacity. The smartphone is backed up by 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
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The Axon 7 has a 20-megapixel shooter with Dual LED flash, Samsung Isocell sensor, sapphire lens, PDAF, OIS, f/1.8 aperture on the back panel, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Besides, the smartphone offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 ac/a/b/g/n), NFC, Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. The handset measures 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, and weighs 185 grams.