Towards the end of May, the new ZTE Axon 7 was officially announced. ZTE initially launched the device in China, but it was expected that availability for international markets would soon follow. The European and the US markets were expected to be first in line, but ZTE said that Canada was soon to follow. Speaking of which, the retailer Newegg Canada is now taking pre-orders for the device with a release date of July 27. Newegg’s ‘low price guarantee’ shows a pre-order price of $509.99 plus $8.99 shipping for a total of $518.98. It is a steep price to be sure, but it seems like quite a bargain when you look at its specs.
The ZTE Axon 7 does resemble past ZTE models – however, ZTE went the extra mile and worked with Designworks, owned by BMW, to help design the Axon 7 and then hired the world-renowned pianist, Lang Lang, to endorse the device. The all-metal design has bold grilles across the top and bottom of the device, and the sides and back are slightly rounded, making it easy to hold for extended periods of time. It measures 151.8 x 75 x 8.7 mm, weighs in at 185 grams, and will initially be offered in Ion Gold for Canada. The device comes in two variants – 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage – however, only the 4GB/64GB model is being sold in Canada. Both variants will offer expansion up to 128GB via a microSD card. It will run Android 6.0.1 with ZTE’s MiFlavor UI 4.0 on top.
The ZTE Axon 7 comes with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 534 pixels-per-inch (PPI.) ZTE picked the best processor currently on the market – the Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor to power the smartphone with dual cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and dual cores clocked at 2.15 GHz and an Adreno 530 GPU to handle the heavy graphics. The model sold in Canada packs 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of the new, faster UFS 2.0 memory that is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. A large 3,250 mAh non-removable battery powers the lot. The Axon 7 takes advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 to give you a full charge in 100 minutes. The main camera is a 20-megapixel ISO-Cell sensor with a sapphire lens, Phase detection autofocus (PDAF), OIS, EIS, and an aperture of f/1.8 for good low light shots. The front-facing camera (FFC) is an 8-megapixel camera for great selfies and video chatting. Lastly, it comes with a fingerprint sensor and NFC for mobile payments.