Back in 2015, ZTE introduced the Axon brand the premium range in the ZTE catalogue. These nicely specced devices didn’t quite take the market by storm however they seem to have managed to hold enough interest for ZTE to keep it alive with a new model and a new flagship called the Axon 7.
The Axon 7 is ZTE’s latest Android flagship, running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and features a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4. ZTE has focused heavily on the camera and as there is a 20MP, f/1.8 unit at the back that incorporates a Samsung Isocell sensor, sapphire lens and a whole bunch of features to improve focusing like OIS, EIS and PDAF with a close loop VCM topped off with a dual LED flash. On the front there is an 8MP camera to take selfies.
The Axon 7 had an all-metal body and is apparently to be released in at least two different colour, silver and gold. Inside that metal body is a Snapdragon 820 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU, microSD slot, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of storage, USB Type-C, and a 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The 6GB RAM/128GB storage model also features a Force Touch display. In the audio department as there are two dedicated AKM 4961 + 4490 audio chips as well as Dolby Atmos support. There is a 3250mAh battery inside along with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 that can provide 50 percent charge in 30 minutes of charging.
ZTE is one of the first on the block with the support of Daydream VR, the virtual reality platform announced by Google at I/O earlier this month. ZTE is launching a VR headset to go along with the Axon 7 so that owners can get into VR right away.
The ZTE Axon 7 is hitting China today and will roll out internationally over time, the US is the only country to be confirmed and should ship next month. The 4GB version is rumoured to be priced under $500 and the 6GB to the over $600