ZTE Axon mini gets detailed: $425 price for Premium Edition, SD616, eye scanner
You may not remember this, but technically, the Huawei Mate S wasn’t the world’s first phone to go official with a type of Force Touch or 3D Touch-similar technology. Back in July, ZTE expanded the Axon from US to China, also taking the wraps off the Axon Watch, plus the pressure-sensitive screen-equipped Axon mini.
In the meantime, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus started their global invasion, so we predictably forgot all about the diminutive Android handheld ZTE refused to specify upon its formal announcement. Now, at long last, the Axon mini is (nearly) ready for primetime, launching in China in a matter of weeks, then Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain, and Italy “in the coming months.”
Though a mini-flagship in appearance, the 5.2-incher is certainly no pushover, and it’s priced in accordance. The standard configuration will hit China at the equivalent of $360 and up, Asia-Pacific at $379, and Europe at 329 EUR ($373).
Meanwhile, the Premium Edition is set to cost between $425 and $440, and we’re guessing the only distinguishing element should be Force Touch-enabled “enhanced functions and experience, such as interactive gaming, passwords and more.”
Another one of ZTE Axon mini’s key selling points is eye recognition, used to unlock the phone in addition to fingerprint authentication and voice control. Then you have a robust Boeing 787 aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy construction, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processing power, Full HD screen resolution, 2.5D glass, 13 and 8MP cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 2,800 mAh battery, and microSD support.
All in all, we’re looking at a (mini-) beast of a phone, premium on the inside and outside, that’s probably worth the not-so-diminutive price.