While the Axon series pioneer looked mighty promising from the get-go, helping ZTE heighten its US brand awareness, little did we know it was supposed to lay the groundwork for a high-end Android family of roughly half a dozen products.

The latest and, ZTE says, “final model” of the “high-powered Axon flagship series” seems to target a Chinese audience that works hard, but also plays hard. It’s dubbed Axon Max, it’s the largest of its kind, packs a phenomenal battery with fast-charging capabilities and several energy-saving modes, yet all in all, it’s not the world’s most powerful phone.

How could it be when it’s only set to cost CNY 2,799, i.e. $430 or so? Don’t get us wrong, there’s excellent value for money to be had. A 6-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, 4,140 mAh juicer that can go from 0 to 60 percent capacity in roughly half an hour, and 3GB RAM headline the phablet’s more than respectable spec sheet.

Granted, the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor isn’t ideal, and the pre-loaded Android 5.1 Lollipop’s time has passed, but on the bright side, the 16 and 13MP cameras sound outstanding, not to mention 32GB expandable storage, fingerprint and voice identification, USB Type C connectivity, and top-of-the-line Hi-Fi audio playback.

The ZTE Axon Max is a beaut too, much like all its cousins, measuring a slim 7.5mm in depth, and sporting an aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy-made skeleton. Such a shame there’s no word on Western availability yet, though maybe ZTE plans to surprise us at CES in Las Vegas next month.

Source: Business Wire

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