ZTE Axon 7 mini is a mid-range copy of the Axon 7 with a $333 price tag

September 2, 2016


BERLIN — This summer, ZTE launched the Axon 7, the company’s new flagship phone — which in ZTE’s case pretty much means affordable but solid.

Now, ahead of the IFA show in Berlin, the company followed up with the ZTE Axon 7 mini, a smaller version of the Axon 7, with an ever lower price but also a significantly weaker set of specs.

The ZTE Axon 7 mini has a full-HD, 5.2-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, a 16-megapixel rear camera (plus an 8-megapixel selfie cam), 3GB of RAM,  32GB of storage memory and a 2,705mAh battery. Make no mistake, this is not just a smaller version of the Axon 7; this device will not perform as good as its older, bigger brother, but it should still deliver solid performance for the not-too-demanding consumer.

ZTE points out the phone’s sound as one of its main strengths; the Axon 7 mini has dual, front-facing stereo speakers with a Dolby Atmos signature, which should mean listening to tunes on it should be a bit more enjoyable than on an average smartphone.

On the design front, the Axon 7 mini is quite similar to the Axon 7, with an all-metal body and 2.5D glass (meaning curved edges).

The ZTE Axon 7 mini will hit Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 7; it will come to the U.S. at an unspecified, later time. The global price will be 299 euros ($333).

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