With the ZTE Axon 9 Pro nowhere to be seen in the US, ZTE is preparing to launch the Axon 10 Pro

With the ZTE Axon 9 Pro nowhere to be seen in the US, ZTE is preparing to launch the Axon 10 Pro

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Remember the ZTE Axon 9 Pro? The last few months of 2018 was packed full of new flagship smartphone launches, so I wouldn’t blame you if you forgot about ZTE’s flagship. The Axon 9 Pro was supposed to be the successor to the 2016 Axon 7, but the new smartphone took away a lot of features that Axon 7 fans loved. It’s probably for the best that the smartphone was never actually released in the U.S., then. The Axon 9 Pro is available in Europe and China, and the company does support the product as seen by the recent release of an Android 9 Pie beta in China. Before the ZTE ban saga, we heard that the company was planning to release a 5G smartphone in the U.S. in the first half of 2019. While we don’t know if the company still has any U.S. launch plans, ZTE has confirmed the existence of a new 5G flagship smartphone.

Announced on Weibo, ZTE is teasing a new flagship smartphone, though the teaser is a bit ambiguous as to whether the 5G smartphone will be an Axon smartphone. It’s possible that the company will release its first 5G smartphone under a new flagship brand, but Axon is ZTE’s existing flagship brand so it would make sense for the 5G smartphone to be an Axon device. The EEC recently certified a ZTE smartphone headed for Russia called the “ZTE Axon 10 Pro,” so we suspect that whatever smartphone ZTE will unveil at MWC will be the Axon 10 Pro. ZTE has set February 25th as the date for their new product launch, so we’ll find out their plans in just a week. I’m hoping to see ZTE return to form this year with a new Axon smartphone that pleases their fans but also introduces new features to stay competitive with the crazy tech we’ll see this year.

We don’t know anything about the ZTE Axon 10 Pro, but we’re guessing it’ll feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and will run on Android 9 Pie-based MiFavor 9. If you haven’t seen the Axon 9 Pro yet, check out our hands-on of the device from IFA.

This article was updated at 12:16 AM ET on 2/18/19 to reflect that the Axon 9 Pro is available in Europe.