ZTE Axon Elite

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Ian Chee

phone. You get the fin­ger­print key that's all the rage th­ese days, the eye scan­ner that re­ally makes you feel like the star of a spy film, and fi­nally, voice au­then­ti­ca­tion. Add all that on top of the usual pat­tern and PIN meth­ods of un­lock­ing, and you'll have the most ways of lock­ing the av­er­age Joe out of your phone.

With all th­ese se­cu­rity mea­sures, it doesn't look like a por­ta­ble vault, for­tu­nately. Ac­tu­ally, it looks much like any other flag­ship de­vice, with its own de­sign fla­vors. It has tri­an­gles go­ing about the top and bot­tom, look­ing al­most like hexag­o­nal speaker grilles. The ac­tual grilles, if you look care­fully, take up only a very small por­tion of its en­tirety.

It has de­cent in­nards too, with a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 810, 3GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh bat­tery. For stor­age, you have 32GB built in and ex­pand­able by 128GB via mi­croSD. As for soft­ware, you've got An­droid 5.0.2 Lol­lipop with ZTE's Mi­Fa­vor 3.2 UI over­lay.

Us­ing the Axon Elite is much like any other flag­ship, but un­for­tu­nately with a few an­noy­ances. First is the built-in key­board soft­ware, which is very un­like the ones of other brands that you're more used to. This can be very an­noy­ing at first, but it's eas­ily solv­able by just down­load­ing the Google Key­board off the Play Store. The ca­pac­i­tive but­tons are also rep­re­sented by a cir­cle for ‘home' and two dots for the other two. This can cause con­fu­sion be­cause you won't be able to tell by look­ing which is for back and which is for the task man­ager or con­tex­tual menu. This needs to be over­come by sim­ply get­ting used to it.

Per­for­mance-wise, we have the bench­mark apps mea­sur­ing that for us. The scores for Fu­ture­mark's 3DMark Ice Storm Un­lim­ited and PCMark Work bench­mark comes up to 25,942 and 4,216, re­spec­tively, while those of AnTuTu and Quad­rant are 58,438 and 34,571, re­spec­tively. Its bat­tery life is an im­pres­sive eight hours and 15 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to the PCMark bat­tery life test.

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