Three weeks back, we first heard of the mysterious Axon, a high-end-sounding smartphone with 4GB of RAM and some interesting hardware, like its dual rear cameras. And while that would be noteworthy enough on its own, there was also the big secret concerning who was making Axon; while the official info didn’t clearly identify the phone’s manufacturer (and seemed to go to some effort to hide its role), a fair amount of evidence pointed to ZTE’s involvement. This afternoon the secret’s out, as ZTE finally steps out of the shadows and takes credit for the Axon handset.
The Axon offers users a 5.5-inch quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, and 4GB of RAM. That dual-camera arrangement we saw teased turns out to be a 13MP main sensor joined by a lower-res 2MP component, not dissimilar to HTC’s Duo Camera layout – there’s even a hardware camera button. Up front, you’ll find an 8MP selfie cam. Storage clocks in at 32GB, and the phone gets its juice from non-removable 3000mAh battery. There’s even a high-quality audio subsystem, with a pair of dedicated chips helping to deliver some best-in-class mobile sound.
ZTE calls the Axon the company’s first flagship phone made in the US, for the US. Today’s launch may be the first Axon device, but ZTE plans to bring us more in the future, positioning Axon as its new flagship US brand.
Pre-orders of the Axon are opening now, with the phone set to ship starting on July 27. The handset’s being sold unlocked, with LTE band support for both AT&T and T-Mobile, and will come in a choice of blue, gold, and silver colors, priced at just about $450. The earliest orders will also score themselves a free pair of $50 JBL headphones