From what we already knew leading up to today’s launch event, the Axon phone was sure promising to be an intriguing piece of hardware, but we didn’t have the full picture on just what to expect from this new ZTE US flagship until a few hours ago. What we learned proved to only have the handset become that much more appealing, matching some top-tier specs with a price that any smartphone fan can appreciate.

But the Axon is more than just a quad HD screen, Snapdragon 810 SoC, and the sort of 4GB RAM capacity that practically demands, “throw ALL your apps at me.” ZTE has also given the phone some unique hardware, including its high fidelity audio circuitry and unusual dual-rear-camera setup. Add some 4K video capture support and not-quite-stock but still quite minimal skin, and you’ve got the makings of a compelling package.

We went hands-on with the Axon at today’s ZTE event, anxious to give this powerhouse a spin for ourselves. Watch on to see what we found in our initial run-in with the phone:

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