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ZTE intros the Axon Lux (with faux leather and 128 GB of storage space), Axon Mini, and Axon Watch

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ZTE intros the Axon Lux (with faux leather and 128 GB of storage space), Axon Mini, and Axon Watch
Last week, ZTE made quite a splash with the Axon, a new high-end smartphone which, according to the company, is "designed in the US for the US." However, the handset isn't a US exclusive: it will be released in Canada, as well as in China (ZTE's country), where it was officially presented today.

During the announcement of the Axon in China, ZTE had a few surprises to reveal. As we already assumed, the Chinese version of the smartphone has a fingerprint scanner on the back (which is nowhere to be found on the US variant). Another difference is that the handset features leather-like material at the top and bottom, this reminding us of the faux leather materials that Samsung is using on some devices (like the latest Galaxy Notes).

The regular ZTE Axon for China offers 32 GB of storage space, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. But there's also an Axon Lux model, which comes with 128 GB of expandable internal memory, 4 GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. Moreover, the Axon Lux is presented as "the world’s first smartphone that can be unlocked with three different biometric authentication options", thanks to the fact that, in addition to the fingerprint scanner on the back, it can be unlocked by voice, as well as via eye scan. The Axon Lux is ZTE's second handset to feature an eye scanner, after the ZTE Grand S3.

The regular ZTE Axon will cost about $435 in China. The Axon Lux will obviously be more expensive: around $625. Both are powered by octa-core Snapdragon 810 processors, run Android Lollipop, and feature dual (13 MP + 2 MP) rear cameras, as well as 8 MP front-facing cameras.

ZTE also announced an Axon Mini, which sports a 5.2-inch AMOLED display, and should be released later this year in China. Most of its features are unknown at this point, though it looks like the Mini won't be as powerful as the regular Axon.


Another new device that ZTE announced today is the Axon Watch. Obviously, this is a smartwatch, though it doesn't run Android Wear, as you may expect, but Tencent OS - which means it's going to be sold only in China. The Axon Watch sports a circular 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 pixels, further featuring a heart rate monitor, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory.

Right now, we don't know if the ZTE Axon Lux and Axon Mini will be available outside of China.


sources: ZTE (in Chinese), Business Wire, ePrice (translated)

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posted on 21 Jul 2015, 20:35

1. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


"comes with 128 GB of expandable internal memory." Just wow. ZTE really is trying to gear up the hype train. China's cloud service must also suck big time to make ZTE release such products.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 22:40 1

9. My1cent (Posts: 345; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


The hype train is "Designed in USA"
I hope the hype will help.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 20:57 3

2. Hama22 (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


5.2 inches,called Axon MINI and won't even be as good as the bigger ones.
Looks like in a couple of years people like me who want decent Android phones with a normal size rather than a 5.5 incher(which is pretty much becoming the norm) will just have to keep dreaming!
It's really stupid.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 21:28 2

4. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


If there are no more 4" flagship phones in the future, I'll just settle with mid rangers. Bye pocket-sized phones. The Z compact models really are the last of their breed.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 04:39 1

12. Swordylove (Posts: 198; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


The smallest mid-range phones now are 4.5". 4" is reserved for crappy budget ones.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 12:23

14. SitiNurbaya0 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 May 2015)


You could buy 4.5" samsung galaxy S9 MICRO

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 21:01

3. yonith (Posts: 144; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


This thing is huge. Especially the top and bottom of the phone. Not for me.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 21:43

7. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


But those aren't aesthetic flaws? They house the speakers?

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 23:11

10. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Only 1 speaker, the top is for the ear piece.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 21:35

5. Zylam (Posts: 753; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


I hope they allow you to unlock the boot loader. This beast needs Nexus level custom rom support.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 21:36

6. fonelover (Posts: 217; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Good job Zte, keep it going.

posted on 21 Jul 2015, 21:50

8. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


nice design

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 04:37 3

11. Swordylove (Posts: 198; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


Ugh 5.2" the new 'mini'. This is beyond stupid.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 07:42

13. Marslander (Posts: 81; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Back when these Axon phones were announced, they really pushed the selling point about them having 'Hi-Fi' sound, and the fancy top and bottom grills gave the impression that they had top and bottom front facing speakers, but in truth they're just for show, and only the bottom grill has a speaker. I feel like ZTE was being a little deceptive.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 14:46

15. Hama22 (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


the Axon Mini has Force Touch Technology I can`t believe PhoneArena didn`t mention that!

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