ZTE Axon 9 Pro has slightly different specs in new TENAA listing

By | 7th September 2018

The front of the ZTE Axon 9 Pro.

  • A new TENAA listing gives us the previously-announced specs of the ZTE Axon 9 Pro.
  • However, the specs on TENAA don’t quite match the specs announced by ZTE last week.
  • There appear to be more RAM and storage options than we expected, although TENAA could be incorrect.

At IFA 2018 in Berlin last week, we got our first look at the ZTE Axon 9 Pro, the follow-up to the ZTE Axon 7. Along with the phone’s reveal (check out our hands-on with the device here), we saw the official spec sheet of the upcoming flagship smartphone.

Today, we have the Chinese TENAA listing for the Axon 9 Pro, and there are some strange anomalies.

As a refresher, here are the official specs of the Axon 9 Pro that ZTE supplied during IFA 2018:

 ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Display6.21-inch AMOLED
2,248 x 1,080 resolution
18.7:9 aspect ratio
SoC10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPUAdreno 630
Storage128GB UFS 2.1
Main camera: 12MP sensor, f/1.75 aperture, 1.4 micron pixels, OIS
Secondary camera: 20MP super wide-angle sensor (130 degree field of view)

Front: 20MP sensor
AudioStereo speakers, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology
No headphone jack
Surround sound recording with three microphones
Battery4,000mAh battery
Wireless charging
IP ratingIP68
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
2x2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
SIMSingle nano-SIM
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo with ZTE "Stock plus"
Dimensions156.5 x 74.5 x 7.9mm

The specs listed on the TENAA website line up with the ones listed above, with two major exceptions: in RAM and internal storage. On the TENAA listing, there are both 6GB and 8GB variants, not just 6GB as the specs above would lead us to believe. Also, there are two additional storage options aside from the 128GB version: a 64GB version and a 256GB version.

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Now, it’s not exactly unique for OEMs to release different variants of the same device. Most recently, we saw two versions launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9: one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and another with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. But it is certainly peculiar that ZTE didn’t make this information clear during its launch of the Axon 9 Pro.

It is also possible that the TENAA listing is wrong and there is only one variant of the ZTE Axon 9 Pro. Or, it could be that ZTE will eventually launch lower-end and more high-end versions of the Axon 9 Pro at some point in the future but filed the regulatory TENAA listing with all the variants at once.

Whatever the case, it’s not often that we see anomalies like this between official specs from a manufacturer and the filed specs with regulatory agencies. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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