ZTE announces S7 beater, the Axon 7

Manny Pham
May 26, 2016

ZTE’s new Axon 7 promises to be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S7 range and not to mention cheaper.

Samsung are the Android manufacturer to beat and Axon are taking that challenge with a serious contender. The Axon 7 will run a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 820, with an Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4GB/6GB of RAM.

Samsung’s S7 and S7 edge hits two out of three, both running the less powerful 2.15Ghz Snapdragon 820 in North America. The European variants of the S7 uses Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8890, which runs at 2.3Ghz.

Axon didn’t just stop there, the standard model will have a massive 64GB internal memory, with no 32GB model alongside. A sign that Axon are listening to demands and fulfilling it. In case 64GB is not enough, a microSD slot is available that also doubles as a dual-SIM slot.

But wait, there’s more. The Axon 7 keeps on giving with Dolby surround sound, front-facing speakers, a rare trait nowadays in the smartphone world.

It measures up in the phablet category with a 5.5-inch screen, while the battery is a decent 3,140mAh. There’s 20-megapixels to snap with the rear-camera and 8-megapixels for the front-facing.

DesignWorks were tasked with designing the all-metal body, who are also responsible for designing BMW’s cars. A back fingerprint sensor is also included.

DayDream compatible

ZTE are going the full Samsung mile by also announcing the ZTE VR headset, promising to be one of the first VR headsets, to be compatible with Google DayDream. For this reason, the Axon 7 will be ready for the Android N update once it is complete.

The Axon 7 will retail for US $450, while the Galaxy S7 range is north of $600. It will arrive in the US in the coming weeks, UK pricing and release details will follow.

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