Review: ZTE Axon 7
The Axon 7 from ZTE is a fine option for people who prefer unlocked handsets. It works well with both AT&T and T-Mobile and at $400 is much more affordable than the top phones from HTC, Samsung, LG, and Motorola. Moreover, the Axon 7 competes well with the Alcatel Idol 4s, Huawei Honor 8, and OnePlus 3, which are all vying for the same market.
ZTE did an excellent job crafting and assembling an attractive and high-quality piece of hardware. The Axon 7 has a premium metal unibody chassis, gorgeous screen, incredible battery life, and decent voice/data performance. The Snapdragon 820 processor delivers speedy performance and having options such as expandable storage should appeal to some buyers.
I'm glad to see Android 6 Marshmallow aboard the Axon 7, and ZTE's customizations allow owners to tweak much of the experience to suit their own preferences. The fingerprint reader is a standout.
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The ZTE Axon 7 is well worth a look if you're in the market for a solid flagship smartphone that doesn't carry a premium price.
May 26, 2016
ZTE today announced the Axon 7, its flagship smartphone for 2016. ZTE designed the phone with the help of BMW Group's Designworks studio.
Feb 14, 2018
ZTE today said owners of the Axon 7 smartphone can take Android 8 Oreo for a beta test spin. People interested in testing the new system software will need to register with ZTE's Z-Community.
Jan 29, 2018
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Mar 16, 2017
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