Yet another reason to lament the unwillingness of most top Chinese smartphone manufacturers to more aggressively pursue a Western audience? Well, ZTE is actually among the few also making a splash stateside, so we should probably cut it some slack.
After all, the surprisingly affordable, exceptionally powerful Axon 7 is looking better and better by the day, while derivative recent Nubia releases could maybe hurt ZTE’s focus on American shores if expanded outside Asia.
But we wouldn’t say the same about a device merely known by its convoluted BV0730 model number, certified by Tenaa a few days ago with a colossal 4,900 mAh battery. Although not technically record-breaking, the cell eclipses that of the Axon 7, which is no pushover itself at 3,250 mAh capacity, squeezing into a 9.8mm-thick, 189 gram-weighing 5.5-inch package.
Yes, the enigmatic ZTE BV0730 is just as large as the Axon 7 (well, a couple of millimeters taller), albeit it comes with inferior overall specs. Full HD screen resolution, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processing power, 13 and 8MP cameras, plus a square-shaped fingerprint reader on its back. Not exactly flagship material, but that’s precisely why we’d like to see this autonomy champ go international. Chances are it’ll be priced at $300 tops… in China.