Chinese manufacturer ZTE is turning up the dial to seven. After last year’s US-launched Axon, it has taken things back home to reboot the stratified series.

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.

zte-axon-7-profile

Here’s the skinny on the rest of the specs:

Component Description
Screen size 5.5 inches
Screen type AMOLED
Resolution 2560 x 1440
Pixel density 538 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Type Quad-core
Speed 2.2GHz
GPU Adreno 530
RAM 4GB / 6GB
Storage 64GB / 128GB (microSD expandable)
Camera 20-megapixel rear / 8-megapixel back
Flash Dual LED
Battery 3140mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0 (50% charge in 30 minutes)
OS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
GSM/EDGE B2/3/5/8
CDMA BC0/1/10
UMTS/HSPA B1/2/4/5/8
LTE B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29/30/41
LTE 2CA B2-B4/B2|4-B12/B2|4-B5/B2|4-B5/B25-B25/B41-B41
SIM type Dual-SIM (nano / hybrid nano-SIM or microSD slot)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes
Infared No
Fingerprint Yes
Build Aluminium unibody
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.

Source: ZTE

Jaime Rivera contributed to this story from Beijing.

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