STATES CHRONICLE – ZTE is a Chinese smart device manufacturer who has so far been quite modest with its releases. Targeting a mid-budget starting out is always the smart marketing idea, and ZTE quickly managed to make a name for itself for high-quality components in low-price packages. The ZTE Axon 7 is the company’s flagship, and its potential gateway to a whole new audience.
The design is similar to the HTC model phones with a double set of speakers on the top and the bottom of the device. The audio is quite solid too. It is very close to the HTC level but falls flat (pun maybe intended) with some tunes.
ZTE Axon 7 Tech Specs
The phone is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. With the Snapdragon 821 being recently announced, some may consider the Snapdragon 820 to be “last year’s chip” but Qualcomm has stated on repeated occasions that the 821 is not a direct upgrade to the 820 and that they are meant for different devices and, to a certain degree, serve different purposes.
The Snapdragon 820 chip comes equipped with a Kryo quad-core 2.15 GHz CPU, an Adreno 530 GPU, and an X12 LTE modem.
Accompanying the Snapdragon 820 chip, the ZTE Axon 7 comes with either a memory of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, or a memory of 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage.
The phone supports A MicroSD memory card in the SIM 2 slot. The external memory for the card is capped at 256GB.
The elegant screen has a 5.5-inch-wide AMOLED display.
The front camera is more than adequate for taking selfies, recording video messages or streaming and has a resolution range of 8 MP and 1080p for video.
The main camera has a resolution range of 20MP and can also capture high-quality video at 2160p, as well as 1080p and 720p. For dynamic and intense videos where every detail matters, we suggest the 720p resolution as it captures 240 frames per second, while the other two are capped at 30 fps.
The power source for the ZTE Axon 7 is a non-removable Li-Ion 3250 mAh battery.
The operating system is the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and the Snapdragon 820 supports Google’s VR platform, Daydream.
We recommend the ZTE Axon 7 with the higher memory and internal storage, as it is a solid model for price/efficiency and it can reliably remain a usable phone for over two years. It will not be available for distribution in the US, but it is still a solid pick if users can manage to get ahold of it.
The ZTE Axon 7 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage is available for pre-order for $400 unlocked. ZTE will begin shipping out the devices, Sunday, July 17th.
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