It’s ZTE’s turn to shine at IFA 2015 in Berlin, and as expected, the Chinese device manufacturer has traveled to one of Europe’s biggest consumer electronics trade shows with some distinctly familiar gear. The Axon, or Axon Pro phone is up for grabs in the OEM’s homeland, plus the US already, and starting September 24, it shall further spread its wings on the old continent.
This time branded Axon Elite, the premium 5.5-inch Android is actually less “elite” than the American and especially Chinese versions. Granted, it offers no less than three different biometric authentication options, including fingerprint and eye scanning, two features missing stateside.
But it also lowers the screen resolution bar from Quad HD, i.e. 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, to Full HD or 1,080p, aka 1,920 x 1,080. The resulting ppi count is 401, down from the mouth-watering 534 density of both Axons available in China and the US.
Another major tradeoff sees 1GB RAM shaved off the record-matching 4 gig tally, although 3GB should really still be enough for your standard multitasking needs. Besides, European ZTE Axon Elite buyers will also get an exclusive perk, in the form of microSD support, allowing them to expand on the 32GB internal storage space.
You’re probably familiar with everything else, from the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC to the dual 13 + 2MP rear camera, 8MP selfie shooter, 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge capabilities, and lightly skinned Lollipop software.
The whole shebang shall set you back 420 Euros ($470) in EU territories, and GBP 300 ($460) in the UK. The first wave of eBay launches goes down September 24 in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, followed by offline sales in Germany, Spain, France, Turkey, Russia, as well as Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and the Philippines outside of Europe in late September and beyond.