Recently, we reported that ZTE Axon 7 will be getting the Android Oreo update. While the company didn’t provide any timeline for the update, it was reported that the update will be available as soon as April this year.
Now, according to the new reports, the ZTE Axon 7 has now started receiving the Android Oreo Beta update in the United States. The first beta build has already been rolled out to the users who have been a part of the company’s beta program.
According to a picture posted on the ZTE forums by a community manager, the latest beta build looks very much similar to the stock Android rather than a heavily skinned version of the operating system. ZTE is reportedly calling its new UI skin as “Stock+UI”, suggesting that it will be a stock version of Android with some added features.
Currently, we don’t have access to the full changelog for this new update. But, it seems that the update comes with the latest January security patch. While there is still no information when the final build will be released, it is assuring to see ZTE is working hard to keep its promise.
The Android 8.0 Oreo comes with several new features such as Picture-in-Picture, smart text selection, notification dots, Project Treble, and more. Going by the reported April timeline for the update, by the time the Android Oreo update starts hitting the Axon 7, the phone will be almost two years old, surpassing the two years time limit for rolling out major updates.
The ZTE Axon 7 features a 5.5-inch display with 2K resolution, 2.5D curved glass and a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 protection on top. The phone is fuelled by a 3,250mAh battery, which also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It comes with a 20MP f/1.8 aperture camera with OIS and EIS on the rear side, while up front, there is an 8MP f/2.2 88-degree wide angle shooter.