ZTE Android 7.0 Nougat update: release date and device list

Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) Corporation is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment which stands fourth when it comes to mobile production. ZTE concentrated mainly on the mid-range until recently, with launch of its premier Axon series.

As far as OS upgrades are concerned, ZTE has been a let-down so far, but things seems to be changing for good with Axon 7 Max, set to launch in December, 2017 with Nougat pre-installed. There are still no official announcements from ZTE about upgrades on existing devices, but speculations are rife. ZTE uses the MiFavor Android skin, which had bloatware issues till recently, but seems to have fixed things with the recent MiFavor 4.0, which is closer to stock Android.

ZTE Android 7.0 Nougat Update List

Device Android Version Release details Android 7.0 Nougat update
Axon 7 Android 7.0 Likely to receive upgrade from Marshmallow in Q1 2017 Yes
Axon 7 Max Android 7.1 Expected to be launched in December with Nougat 7.0 pre-installed, likely to  be updated to 7.1 by March 2017 Yes
Axon 7 mini Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates from Marshmallow No
Axon Elite Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Axon Lux Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Axon Max Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Axon mini Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Axon Pro Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Axon Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Avid Plus Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade V7 Max Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates from Marshmallow No
Blade V7 Lite Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates from Marshmallow No
Blade V7 Android 7.0 Likely to receive further updates from Marshmallow in Q2 2017 Likely
Blade V Plus Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade X9 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade X5 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade X3 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade S7 Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade S6 Plus Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade S6 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade Qlux 4G Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade Q Pro Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade L5 Plus Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade L3 Plus Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade L3 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade G Lux Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade G Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade D6 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade Apex 3 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade A610 Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade A512 Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade A460 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade A452 Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive further updates No
Blade A410 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Blade A2 Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive further updates No
Boost Max+ Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Grand X2 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Grand X Max+ Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Grand X Max 2 Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates from Marshmallow Unlikely
Grand X 3 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Grand S3 Android 7.0 The older phone won’t receive further updates with unsupported hardware No
Imperial II Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Maven Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Nubia Z11 mini S Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates from Marshmallow No
Nubia Z11 mini Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Nubia Z11 Max Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Nubia Z11 Android 7.0 Likely to receive upgrade from Marshmallow in Q2 2017 Likely
Nubia Z9 mini Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Nubia Z9 Max Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Nubia Z9 Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Nubia Prague S Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Nubia N1 Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates from Marshmallow Unlikely
Nubia My Prague Android 7.0 Unlikely to receive further updates No
Obsidian Android 7.0 The older budget phone won’t receive further updates. No
Sonata 2 Android 7.0 Budget phone unlikely to receive update from Marshmallow Unlikely
V5 Lux Android 7.0 Unsupported hardware of the phone won’t receive upgrade from Marshmallow No
Warp 7 Android 7.0 Unsupported hardware and budget phone won’t receive upgrade from Marshmallow No
Zmax Pro Android 7.0 Budget phone likely to receive update from Marshmallow by Q2 2017 Likely
Zmax 2 Android 7.0 Unsupported hardware and budget phone won’t receive upgrade from Marshmallow No

ZTE Axon Series

The premium series of ZTE, will be first in line to receive Nougat updates. In fact, Axon 7 Max, is set to launch in December with Nougat OS. The device should likely receive Nougat 7.1.1 by February, 2017. The current flagship Axon 7 should receive Nougat update in Q1 2017. However, the Axon 7 mini is unlikely to receive Nougat as ZTE looks unlikely to invest further on the budget version.

The older Axons, Axon/Axon Pro/Axon Mini/Axon Max/Axon Pro all are unlikely to receive updates, considering ZTE’s pattern of launching devices with newer upgrades, rather than updating the older ones.

ZTE Blade Series

The Blade V7 is likely to receive Nougat update in Q2 2017, but its variants Blade V7 Lite/ V7 Max may have to stay in Marshmallow. The older Blade V Plus can be ruled out from Nougat probability.

The Blade X9/X5/X3 are all older budget devices, unlikely to attract ZTE attraction further.

The Blade S7/S6/S6 Plus are also unlikely to get any attention from ZTE in OS upgrade.

The Blade G/G Lux/L3/L3 Plus/L5 Plus/Q Pro/Qlux 4G are also budget phones, which won’t see Nougat in them.

The Blade A2/A410/A452A460A512/A610/Apex 3/D6 are all unlikely to receive Nougat updates.

ZTE Grand Series

The Grand series has one representation in the Marshmallow family Grand X Max 2, which itself is unlikely to receive upgrades, so you can forget about your Grand S3/X3/X2. Launched along with, Grand X Max 2, Grand X Max+ didn’t receive Marshmallow, so no questions about Nougat.

ZTE Nubia Series

The Nubia Z11 is expected to receive the Nougat boost in Q2 2017. However, its variants, namely Nubia Z11 Max/Z11 mini/Z11 mini s may have to stay in Marshmallow. Having said that, the Nubia Z9/Z9 Max/Z9 mini/Nubia My Prague, all of which are older and mid-range won’t see Nougat in them. The Nubia N1 is also most likely to stay in Marshmallow in spite of a capable SoC, being in the budget range.

Other ZTE 2016 launches

The Zmax Pro is likely to receive Nougat in Q2 2017, but the unsupported hardware rules out the probability in Zmax 2/Warp 7/V5 Lux/Sonata 2.

ZTE Miscellaneous

The ZTE Obsidian/Maven/Imperial II/Boost Max+/Avid Plus are all older phones which are not going to get OS upgrade attention from ZTE ever again.

ZTE has been reluctant in upgrading OS in current devices and has been following the trend of launching new devices with newer version of Android. You should be curious to have a look at how Nougat is gonna look in ZTE devices here. We expect ZTE to improve its Nougat reach in the coming days, with Google insisting OEMs to provide updates for devices for at least two years.

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