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ZTE Axon 2 already in the works, could launch in under a year

ZTE spent 18 months developing its first Axon phone, but it may not take as long to push out a sequel. The company recently told TechnoBuffalo that it’s already starting work on the Axon 2.

“Assume a similar cycle you see from other manufacturers,” a ZTE product manager told us. “We might try to pick up the pace just a little bit.”

As for specific plans to improve the phone, ZTE couldn’t really go into detail. The company is waiting to see what customers say about the original Axon before it decides what specs to improve, along with which features to add or drop for the second-generation device.

We also asked about any plans to bring the Axon Mini, Axon Lux and Axon Watch to America. All three devices were unveiled alongside the flagship Axon at a recent event in China. The Axon Mini seems like the most likely candidate for a U.S. launch, and ZTE told us to “stay tuned” for an announcement. As for the watch, it runs a Chinese operating system; that means the new wearable won’t be available outside the country, at least not “in its current format.”

In the meantime, we’re looking forward to spending some time with the new Axon, and we’ll be sure to let ZTE know what we think could be improved for the follow-up smartphone.


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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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