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ZTE Announces Axon 7 With High-End Specs on a Budget

ZTE has finally launched the the successor to last year's  flagship, ZTE Axon 7. Originally thought to be called ZTE Axon 2, the Axon 7 has been leaked quite a few times over the past months. The Axon 7 looks elegant with an aluminium unibody that comes in eother Ion Gold or Quartz Grey.

Its hardware also complete the premim look of the Axon 7 with a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display covered by a 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. Powering the monster is a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chioset, which brings along an Adreno 530 GPU, as well as other goodies, like Cat. 6 LTE, VoLTE and Quick-charge 3.0 for the 3140 mAh non-removable battery pack. There is also a rear monted fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C connector.

It seems ZTE didnt have cloud storage in mind when they designed this phone as you get a choice of two options: 4GB of RAM, plus 64GB of storage or the impressive 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board space, both also extendable with a microSD card.

The camera setup on the ZTE Axon 7 consists of a 20MP, f/1.8 main shooter with a Samsung Isocell sensor, sapphire lens and various goodies like OIS, EIS and PDAF with a close loop VCM for better auto focus. It is capable of capturing video at up to 4K at 30fps. There is also a dual-LED flash and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front.

ZTE also did one better with audio performance as the phone comes with a dedicated AKM audio chipset with Dolby Atmos support. This translate into a better audio qualtiy from the dual speakers and a Dimentional and Omni Dimenional audio capture

Full specs of  ZTE Axon 7

  • Display : 5.5-inch QHD / (2560 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with  2.5D curved glass display and Gorilla Glass 4
  • CPU : Snapdragon 820 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU
  • Memory : 4GB RAM/64GB storage  or 6GB RAM/128GB storage
  • Platform : Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Rear Camera : Samsung 20MP isocell sensor with f/1.8h dual-tone LED flash, OIS, EIS, PDAF  and 4k/30fps video
  • Front Camera : 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • Sensors : Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions : 151.8 x 75 x 8.7 mm;Weight: 185g
  • Connectivity : 4G Cat. 6 LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Battery : 3140mAh with Quick harge 3.0 support.Non-removable battery.

ZTE didn't reveal any information about its availability but its expected to be priced at $450 which is very competitive compaed to other flagship smartphones with similar specs. (HTC 10 which has very similar hardware costs $700).

ZTE also announced a VR headset to go with the Axon 7. From the official renders released by ZTE, it looks like the VR will work in the same way as Samsungs Galaxy Gear VR; with the Axon 7 strapped just inches away from your face and doing much of the heavy lifting.

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