Chinese tech giant, ZTE, released a new high-end smartphone in July, and it’s called Axon 7. The handset is the vanguard of ZTE’s latest generation of flagships, and it has everything to compete against the iPhone 6S, the Samsung Galaxy 7, and the Nexus 7.
The company announced the phone for the first time a couple of months ago. The Axon 7 continues the Axon and Axon Pro series which were ZTE’s flagships, until now.
The handset arrived the United State’s stores on July 27 for selected carriers, and it surprised consumers with its new set of exciting features.
A BMW subdivision specialized on avant-garde design consulting, Designworks, helped ZTE’s engineers with the smartphone’s looks. The result is the Axon 7’s 5.97-inch tall and 7.9 mm thick aluminum body, available in Quartz Grey and Ion Gold.
Top of the shelve specs on a budget smartphone
At first glance, the most striking features in the Axon 7 are the dual speakers at the top and bottom of its 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display. ZTE took this original feature from the first Axon and revamped it with HiFi audio output and recording support, as well as Dolby Atmos and Digital Surround sound capacity.
On the back, the Chinese company decided to go minimalistic with a sleek “Axon” logo but did not neglect the inclusion of cutting-edge technology: above the logo and below the camera sits a conveniently located fingerprint scanner.
The Axon 7 rolls with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a 2.15 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPU and has 4 GB of RAM.
ZTE included 64 GB of storage on the 7, with dual SIM capability thanks to a double-function slot that also works for microSD memory expansion up to 128 GB. However, ZTE has reportedly saved the best features for consumers back in the homeland, as the Chinese manufacturer offers an Axon 7 version with 128 GB base storage and 6 GB of RAM.
With a big battery and a nice camera, the Axon 7 could be an “iPhone Slayer”
The Axon 7 sports a 20 MP rear camera with dual flash and a front-facing 8 MP camera. The “iPhone Slayer” has a 3250 mAh lithium ion non-removable battery capable of powering the device for up to 16 hours of talk time. In addition, the battery supports fast charging, providing 50% of power in 30 minutes.
Sharp & quick focus are all it takes to win in fencing; and so is capturing images on #AXON7 #myAXON pic.twitter.com/kERefCFYqF
— ZTE Device (@ZTEDevice) August 17, 2016
The Chinese smartphone might have a real chance against the models dominating the market right now, especially with its price. The Axon 7 costs $399,98 which puts it at the midrange scale. Even Huawei’s Honor 8 will have a hard time competing against the new Axon.