The Axon 7 was revealed at a Beijing event and it is about as strong a phone as its spring compatriots and at least just as strong as a possible fall release. For one, you can purchase a variant of the phone with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.
Some of the other major features of the phone include the return of Hi-Fi in a big way: the Axon 7 has two audio chipsets from AKM, one providing the DAC function and the other as an amplifier. The 24-bit 96KHz playback is further enhanced with Dolby Atmos codecs. You can hook up a pair of cans or use the device’s dual, front-facing speakers — configured into different modes.
Also getting a lot of play is the main camera: there’s a 20-megapixel ISOCELL sensor paired to a sapphire lens and aperture of f/1.8. The unit has both OIS+ and EIS+ to support it and a mean autofocus system.
There’s Quick Charge 3.0 on the device, a back-mounted fingerprint sensor and USB 3.0 through a Type-C connector.
Here’s the skinny on the rest of the specs:
|Screen size||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|Pixel density||538 ppi|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|RAM||4GB / 6GB|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB (microSD expandable)|
|Camera||20-megapixel rear / 8-megapixel back|
|Battery||3140mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0 (50% charge in 30 minutes)|
|OS||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|SIM type||Dual-SIM (nano / hybrid nano-SIM or microSD slot)|
|Colors||Ion Gold / Quartz Grey|
|Dimensions||151.8 x 75 x 8.7 mm / 185g|
The company has switched away from Seattle-based design firm Teague, — and away from the distinctive triangle motif that ran across the body of the original Axon — going with BMW Group’s Designworks. The Axon 7 takes its design inspiration from “handmade timepieces”.
ZTE is supporting the phone with its Axon Passport 2.0 Program to ensure that major Android updates get on the Axon 7 as well as a $100 credit towards a replacement phone if one gets lost or stolen during international travel. The program also provides out-of-warranty repairs to complement a two-year limited warranty on the Axon 7.
We’ll update this post when we hear about pricing and availability, but with the cellular band layout and a recent ad posting in the Wall Street Journal, this phone looks very likely to be heading for North America.
Jaime Rivera contributed to this story from Beijing.