ZTE's Axon 7 is a $450 various to pricy Android flagships

Final yr, ZTE stunned us with the Axon, an all-metallic Android telephone with surprisingly excessive-finish specs for simply $450. However whereas it was a noble try at an reasonably priced flagship, we had points with its barely chunky design and lack of storage. Enter the Axon 7, ZTE’s followup which as soon as once more goals to tackle rather more costly Android telephones. It has a luxe-feeling unibody metallic case, a great deal of storage choices and a pointy 2K show. And better of all? It is nonetheless simply $450.

Gallery: ZTE Axon 7 palms-on | 6 Photographs

As quickly as I picked up the Axon 7, it felt acquainted. Between the marginally curved edges of its 5.5-inch show and its unibody case, I might have sworn I used to be holding my iPhone 6S as an alternative. It feels pure in your hand, much more so than HTC’s 10. Talking of HTC, the Axon 7 additionally shares a couple of design parts from the One collection, from its rear antenna bands to its stereo entrance-dealing with audio system. At this level, each telephone producer takes a little bit of inspiration from the competitors (even Apple), so I am not knocking ZTE.

A part of the credit score for the Axon 7’s design goes to BMW’s Designworks, a famend design agency that is developed issues like insane computing equipment for Thermaltake, a bobsled for the US Olympic staff and even BMW’s personal X collection automobiles. The Axon 7 is the group’s first telephone design, however you would not have the ability to inform by taking a look at it.

ZTE's Axon 7 is a $450 alternative to pricy Android flagships

Underneath the hood, the Axon 7 is operating a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor at 2.2GHz, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You may as well add a microSD card for as much as 128GB of further storage. Altogether, it is an enormous enchancment over the mere 32GB of non-upgradeable storage from the earlier Axon. There’s additionally a fingerprint sensor on the telephone’s again, which at this level is just about anticipated.

Ultimately, ZTE plans to launch a $639 model of the telephone with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a strain-delicate display (just like Apple’s 3D Contact know-how). It’s going to have a walnut “composite materials” case choice, however in any other case the corporate did not have a lot else to say about that gadget but.

Whereas the Axon 7’s display continues to be 5.5-inches, it beats out its predecessor’s 1080p show with a quad-HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) decision, and it additionally makes use of AMOLED as an alternative of LCD. In typical utilization you in all probability would not discover an enormous distinction, however ZTE says it additionally constructed the telephone with Google’s Daydream VR platform in thoughts. Since VR just about requires low display persistence (principally, extremely quick refresh charges and low response occasions), they needed to go together with an OLED scree this time round.

The Axon 7 packs in a 20 megapixel shooter on its again (with optical picture stabilization and a F/1.eight lens for strong low-mild efficiency) and an eight megapixel digital camera on the entrance. It may possibly shoot 4K video at 30FPS, and and 240FPS sluggish movement at 720p.

Gallery: ZTE Axon 7 product photographs | 12 Pictures

As for these twin stereo audio system, they sounded even louder than the Boomsound choices I’ve heard from HTC. There was a loud company occasion occurring proper close to my briefing with some ZTE reps, and the Axon 7 had no hassle enjoying music loud sufficient to drown out that noise. As soon as once more, there’s additionally a top quality DAC contained in the telephone supporting 24-bit/96kHz audio. ZTE additionally packed in Dolby Atmos headphone help, which provides you a number of methods to listen to audio in digital encompass sound.

ZTE is not saying when the Axon 7 will probably be out there but, however we anticipate to listen to extra quickly. For now, it is an intriguing curiosity. It might find yourself being a strong competitor to the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10 this yr. And whereas it is costlier than the beloved OnePlus 2, it nonetheless packs in loads of worth in comparison with most different flagship telephones.

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