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ZTE Axon 7 Mini

Confirmed: ZTE Axon 7 to miss SA, Blade V8 set for Q3 2017

ZTE has had a South African presence for several years now, largely thanks to its white-labelled devices and network business. However, the company had big plans at the tail-end of 2016, telling Gearburn it plans to launch the ZTE Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini in the ensuing months.

The Axon 7 Mini saw a release earlier this year, being available via the likes of MTN and TFG. Unfortunately, the Axon 7 was missing in action, but a ZTE representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the Axon 7 is no longer scheduled for South Africa.

However, the representative has revealed that the mid-range Blade V8 handset is tentatively scheduled for a Q3 2017 release. It’s unclear if it will be the standard V8 or the V8 Pro.

The Blade V8 features a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 13MP and 2MP layout. This setup allows for depth-of-field effects and 3D photos. Otherwise, selfie fans will be pleased with the inclusion of a 13MP front-facing snapper. Other notable specs include a Snapdragon 435 chip, 2GB RAM/16GB storage or 3GB RAM/32GB storage, a fingerprint scanner and 2750mAh battery.

The Pro model features dual 13MP cameras, an 8MP selfie shooter, a Snapdragon 625 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner and 3140mAh battery.

Now, if only ZTE would bring the Nubia range of devices to the country…

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  1. Sumpil

    April 25, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I’m not really sure about ZTE, just look at their facebook page they don’t even respond to people’s queries.

  2. Brandon81

    June 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve been using the ZTE Axon 7 for a while now (bought the US model from Amazon) and ZTE don’t communicate via Facebook but rather a community page; for your specific device; that you become apart of when you buy the phone and if you have a question or problem, you tell them there on the website and they will get back to you on there.

    For example some people complained on the community page about the phone having a privacy bell on the Lock Screen that hid new notifications so if you had new messages you’d only see the bell with a red star, this has since been removed and is now rather an option.