ZTE is seemingly working on launching a new smartphone bearing the model number Z851. The device has been recently spotted in the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) database where it’s listed as running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The regulatory agency seems to have already certified the ZTE Z851 on May 8, suggesting that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is now pushing the mysterious device through the necessary formalities ahead of its official release that will likely happen later this year.
This is the first occasion on which the ZTE Z851 model number emerged online, and not much additional information has been revealed by the WFA in regards to what the smartphone might have in store for future prospective buyers. Nevertheless, this isn’t the only unannounced ZTE smartphone to reach the headlines in recent weeks, as earlier this month the alleged ZTE Axon 8 flagship bearing the model number ZTE A2018 passed through TENAA in China, flaunting a metal body and a QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display. Having said that, the ZTE Z851 doesn’t seem to be part of the company’s Axon lineup, and in fact, the model number closely resembles the one carried by the ZTE Grand X2 (ZTE Z850) launched in 2015. However, the ZTE Grand X2 Z850 already has a successor – the ZTE Grand X3 – released in 2016 bearing the model number ZTE Z959, and with that in mind, it wouldn’t make much sense for the manufacturer to go backward with the model number for a potential ZTE Grand X4.
Only time will tell what the ZTE Z851 is all about, but seeing how the smartphone has already been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, it shouldn’t take much longer before the device will reach other regulatory agencies and/or benchmarking platforms, building up to a more comprehensive picture ahead of the smartphone’s official unveiling. As for the company’s ongoing lineup, last month ZTE launched two new smartphones in the United States - the ZTE Blade Max 3 via US Cellular and the ZTE MAX XL through Boost Mobile. They both fit in the mid-range segment of the market carrying competitive prices under the $200 mark, and perhaps the mysterious ZTE Z851 won't stray far from that price point.