ZTE Axon 7 Mini opens US pre-orders at $300 with premium design and audio

Does the “full-size” ZTE Axon 7 feel a little rich for your blood, at $400 unlocked? Don’t need Snapdragon 820 power, a copious 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, Quad HD screen resolution or a remarkable dual image stabilization 20MP rear-facing camera?

Starting today, you can “settle” for a scaled-down $300 ZTE Axon 7 Mini configuration stateside, available exclusively at Best Buy for the first 60 days in Ion Gold, and up for pre-orders in Platinum Gray through Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Newegg, and the manufacturer’s own local e-store.

While pretty much everything about the larger Axon 7 is downgraded on the Mini, the IFA 2016-unveiled “diminutive” flagship doesn’t look like a featherweight in the slightest. It’s still 1080p-capable, with a respectable 5.2-inch AMOLED display in tow, packs octa-core Snapdragon 617 processing muscle, 3GB RAM, a 2,750 mAh quick-charging battery, 16/8MP shooters, plus a fingerprint reader, USB Type-C port, and 32GB expandable hoarding room.

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini also mimics the “streamlined industrial design” of its bigger brother, with a “sleek aluminum, unibody case” and dual front-facing speakers, the latter of which are still complemented by a state-of-the-art HiFi chipset and Dolby Atmos digital surround sound for an “immersive audio experience unlike any other.”

Oh, and your 300 bucks will secure you peace of mind for two whole years, courtesy of the Axon Passport Program 2.0 including unlimited out of warranty repairs, upgrade and replacement assistance.

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