If you are looking for a smartphone with a decent set of specs at a budget-friendly price, a ZTE offering might be a good choice. Especially worth your attention, at least in the US, is the Axon series which includes a few models, all of which are available unlocked. Last week the family got expanded with a new member as at IFA in Berlin ZTE announced the cheapest smartphone in the Axon lineup.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini just debuted at IFA with pretty good specs, compact size and mini price tag.
Called ZTE Axon 7 Mini, the phone is a close relative of the Axon 7 which was released in July. Looking at the name you would naturally expect a compact device, but with its 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, the Axon 7 Mini is actually the size of an average smartphone. However, compared to the 5.5-inch Axon 7, it indeed is smaller. Dimensions aside, on the outside the Mini model looks identical to the larger variant – both phones have the same design with aluminum unibody, front-facing speakers, fingerprint scanner located on the back and 2.5D curved-edge glass touchscreen.
As far as specs are concerned, though, the differences are more prominent. For starters, the Axon 7 Mini is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and offers 32GB of built-in memory. If you need more space for your content, there’s a microSD slot for storage expansion. On camera front, the handset comes with a 16-megapixel main sensor equipped with phase detection autofocus and a dual LED (single-tone) flash. There’s also an 8-megapixel user-facing camera which should be more than enough to snap a decent selfie.
As for connectivity, the device should play nice with GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, and LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/38/40/41. ZTE also confirmed that the phone would support LTE band 12 and VoLTE on T-Mobile but unfortunately, Wi-Fi Calling doesn’t come with the package. Other key features include Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, dual-SIM support, USB Type-C port and a 2,705 mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 which will let you juice the phone up to 46 percent in 30 minutes.
The ZTE Axon 7 Mini will go on sale in Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, India, and Saudi Arabia by the end of this month. ZTE will sell the phone for €299 which is approximately $330, or $70 less than the Axon 7. The company will also bring the phone to the US, though at this point it’s unclear when it might happen and how much the device could cost.
source: ZTE Devices