Chinese manufacturer ZTE has crammed its best technology into the AXON 7. Here's what to expect from the device.
Better known as an OEM manufacturer of phones and communications equipment for other brands (both Telstra and Optus are long-time customers), ZTE is looking to push its own brand with the launch of its flagship Axon 7 in Australia.
The phone originally launched internationally in the middle of 2016 in the US, but only arrived in Australia in January 2017. ZTE says the delay was caused by the engineering required to ensure the device conformed to Australian network specifications. The phone isn't locked to any network, but does support a huge number of the mobile frequencies used by Australian 4G mobile networks.
What is the ZTE AXON 7?
The latest flagship from Chinese manufacturer ZTE, the AXON 7 has an impressive spec sheet. Running Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, the AXON 7 boasts a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen and is powered by the SnapDragon 820 processor from Qualcomm.
Designed in conjunction with BMW subsidiary Dreamworks, the all metal unibody design houses a 3250mAh battery, rear fingerprint scanner similar to the Pixel XL, a 20MP rear camera with image stabilisation and the world's first mobile integration of Dolby Atmos certified front speakers.
There's also a dual-SIM / MicroSD card slot, NFC and USB C charger with fast charging capabilities. ZTE says that you can recharge your battery from zero to 50% in 30 minutes.
ZTE has also integrated support for Google Daydream, the search giant's mobile VR platform. While the VR platform is still in its infancy, the fact ZTE has been able to confirm support is a solid selling point.
Is the ZTE AXON 7 waterproof?
ZTE may have packed the AXON 7 with high-end specifications, but that doesn't include water resistance specifications. The focus on Dolby Atmos speakers would make the prospect of sealing the entire AXON 7's body challenging to say the least.
How do I charge the AXON 7?
The AXON 7 features the new USB C standard for charging, which allows for both easy connection with a reversible plug as well as fast charging functionality.
ZTE claims that you can charge the AXON 7 to 8% full in just 5 minutes, 17% full in 10 minutes, 50% full in just 30 minutes and completely full in 100 minutes.
How much does the ZTE AXON 7 cost?
While the spec sheet places the AXON 7 in the premium smartphone space, the price tag says otherwise. The AXON 7 is available exclusively through JB Hi-Fi for $699.
That price point puts it up against phones in the mid-range, from the likes of the Galaxy A7 from Samsung and the Oppo R9s. It also puts it up against flagships from last year like the HTC 10 or the Galaxy S7.
ZTE AXON 7 specifications
|Resolution||1440 x 2560|
|Software||Android Marshmallow 6.0.1|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Size||151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm|