ZTE Axon 7 review
ZTE Axon 7 is an Android phone with a slick design, powerful specs and reasonable price that challenges the Samsung Galaxy S7 and forthcoming iPhone 7 in a dual SIM, unlocked form. That explains the confusing name of this successor to the ZTE Axon Pro (ZTE Axon Elite in the UK) when we haven’t gotten a ZTE Axon 2 through ZTE Axon 6 in between last year and now. The Chinese phone maker is ambitiously trying to compete with the flagship manufacturers from the US and South Korea, so much so that it designed the phone outside of China - in the US. What we end up with is the a Android Marshmallow smartphone with the polished metal design, 2K display, front-facing speakers and software customizations of a more expensive handset. We’re less than a month out from the ZTE Axon 7 release date, given the fact that the Chinese launch event was May 26 and it’s estimated to be coming to the US a month later.
ZTE Axon 7 is the grown up version of last year’s ZTE Axon Pro thanks to its all-metal design and considerably less chunk. It’s ready to compete with Samsung, LG and Apple. I can hold it in one hand, but with dimensions of 151.8mm x 75mm x 7.8mm and a slippery aluminum design, I found myself struggling to reach for the corners without resorting to two. Luckily, a clear silicone case is included in the box along with a earbuds and a USB-C-tomicro-USB adapter.