ZTE Axon 7 re­view

Fiji Sun - - Techworld - SOURCE: TIMES OF IN­DIA

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.

De­sign

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.

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