ZTE Axon 7 pre-orders now live in the US: a lot of phone for under $400

ZTE Axon 7 pre-orders now live in the US: a lot of phone for under $400
ZTE USA today started taking pre-orders for the Axon 7, a new Android smartphone that was announced back in May. Succeeding the Axon Pro - a device that we liked last year - the ZTE Axon 7 costs less than expected, and you can pre-order one, unlocked, for $399.98. The first 500 customers who place pre-orders will get a free Axon 7 Clear View Folio Case, though we imagine that these are going to evaporate quickly.

Running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (customized with a ZTE UI), the Axon 7 is a powerful metal-made handset that offers high-end features, starting with the 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, the Snapdragon 820 CPU, and the 4 GB of RAM that you'll find on board. On the back, the smartphone has a fingerprint scanner, and a 20 MP camera with OIS and 4K video recording. Furthermore, the new device comes with an 8 MP front-facing camera, HiFi audio (just like the Axon Pro from 2015), microSD card support, and a 3250 mAh battery with quick charging. For the beginning, you will be able to use the Axon 7 only on AT&T and T-Mobile, with support for Verizon and Sprint possibly coming later this year (the handset supports almost all 3G, CDMA, and LTE bands deployed in the US anyway).

The Axon 7 also has a version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, but this one doesn't show up on ZTE USA's website, and we don't know if it's going to be available stateside.

You can pre-order the Axon 7 in Ion Gold (this model should start shipping on July 27), or in Quartz Grey (though this won't ship before August 17) - check out the source link below. Interested?


source: ZTE USA via Axon (Twitter)

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Axon 7
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3250 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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40 Comments

1. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

For 400$ better than 1+.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed.

4. Blaz86

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Why? OP has better camera, performance and battery life.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And you know this how again?

11. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

We also wouldn't know of this is better than the OPO without testing

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Feature wise, it is considerably better. Hi-fi audio, QHD panel, universal fast charging (no need for a specific charger), DayDream compatible, and it will probably get Android N by early next year (unlike 1+).

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yeah, I don't trust L BS to be unbiased :D.

19. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

l bs is the most unbiased person on youtube. dont get mad cause your favorite device lost

27. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I wouldn't call this my favorite, and I'm not upset with his findings. I just don't trust individual reviews all that much.

32. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

i know you trust those reviewers who are afraid to say when a device is crap

28. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

L BS and bias never goes along. The guy says it like it is.

31. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

yeah unfortunately L BS is too real for these sensitive fanboys out there.

29. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

- even with 2k screen it only have 4% less battery life time (15min, over 6hours) compared to OP3 with FHD.. - charge time isnt so different - OP3 camera looks so washed out outside, sky and cloud all white.. lets see their still photo comparison

39. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Correction: with QHD screen AND 250mAh more battery

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

better camera? better performance? how did you know? :-/ and this phone have - 2k AMOLED screen - HiFi sound (I guess its DAC) - better design (but bigger bottom black bezels is kinda bugging me :-/) - front stereo speaker (unless that bottom grill is just accesories)

17. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

look at post #15

30. Blaz86

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Youtube. There are great comparison videos.

13. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Dual speakers dual speakers dual speakers dual speakers.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

^This as well :D.

20. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Well, this has a bigger battery, microSD card support, Bands that work across all carriers, HiFi Audio, 2K Amoled Screen, & a 20MP OIS camera. Thus, I can't see the OP being better more like equal depending on what you are looking for. Plus US buyers get passport 2.0 included which has the following features: 30-day risk-free trial Full two-year product warranty Free Premium Protection to cover repairs out of warranty Free advanced exchanges of devices Free two-way shipping Support for new Android updates when made available

23. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

look at post #15. spec dont mean everything

24. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

If they fix their camera processing for the US release, then I can absolutely see this as being the better buy over the OnePlus 3. As long as there are custom roms that'll let me change the screen res to 1080p, then I can definitely see myself buying this instead.

33. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

WELL! I JUST FOUND MY NEXT PHONE! I'm selling my 64 GB 6P right now. I wanted to get a OnePlus One but I want more storage than 64 GB, and they have been reporting people as having water damage to get out of warranty claims; so I don't trust them anymore. Or I was hoping to get the 256 GB ZenFone 3 Deluxe however I'm not willing to wait forever or pay $750+ for it. Then here comes ZTE with 64 GB + micro SD card support. Here I come with a 128 GB micro SD! Wooowoooo!

36. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

One thing that turns me off about the OnePlus 3 is the 5.5" 1080p Pentile display. I can't really go from the 5.7" WQHD screen on my Nexus 6P down to a 1080p Pentile....

22. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Seems that way, and I thought the same before the phone was released. There are some people that have it already, LBS on YouTube is one of them. He has done many tests between the two of them, and in practically all of them the OnePlus beats the Axon 7. He has tested the following things: Cold app starts (w/ OP update/RAM fix) Apps in memory App loading times (games, etc.) Benchmark scores Audio performance Camera (main/selfie - daylight, lowlight, night; video) Battery endurance Recharge speed The Axon 7 has a strange greenish tint to most of its photos...strange. Anyways, the OnePlus last longer on its 3000mAh battery than the Axon does on its 3250mAh. And it's faster. And it takes better pictures. And the selfie cam is way better...it's even better than the S7's selfie cam for lowlight and video, and arguably for daylight. Again, there are definitely reasons to get the Axon 7, but there are also ones for getting the OnePlus 3.

25. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

You do understand that OP3 is the reason zTE have priced it same!! Right!! And Better wait for later half of this year before buying phone now!!

37. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

The back is ugly like the Htc10 and G5.

3. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

OPO is dead

6. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You'd think so, considering the OPO is 2 years old now.

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