ZTE Axon Mini to be launched in various countries, Force Touch in tow

ZTE Axon Mini to be launched in various countries, Force Touch in tow
At a media event held earlier today, ZTE talked about plans for its flagship handsets, and revealed the countries where the ZTE Axon Mini will be made available. While Apple and Huawei have since released phones with Force Touch, back in July the Axon Mini was actually the first smartphone to be announced as offering the pressure-sensitive screen that can differentiate between a light, normal or heavy touch of the display.

Constructed from Boeing 787 aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy, the ZTE Axon Mini features a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, and 2.5D curved glass. Inside the device, a Snapdragon 616 SoC provides an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 405 GPU. 3GB of RAM is aboard along with 32GB of native storage. Those needing more memory can use the 128GB capacity microSD slot that is available.

The 13MP rear camera uses Phase Detection Auto Focus to get your pictures ready to be snapped in just .1 second. A front-facing 8MP camera snaps selfies and handles video chats. Dual microphones provide high quality audio recording, and the 2800mAh battery keeps the lights on. A trio of biometric verification options are available: voice control, fingerprint scanning, and eye-scanning. The Axon Mini is offered in Ion Gold, Chromium Silver, and of course, Rose Gold.

In China, the device will be available from ZTE's own MyZTE Store, and from online retailer JD.com. Other retailers will also offer the handset. After the launch in China, you will be able to find the ZTE Axon Mini in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain and Italy. The pricing varies by country, but in China the Axon Mini will cost you the equivalent of $362 USD. As we told you last month, a premium version will be available featuring team logos from certain NBA franchises. That model is priced at the equivalent of $425 USD in China, and comes with special NBA content pre-installed.


On October 27th, ZTE's Axon Watch will be available for purchase from the MyZTE Store. While there is no word on pricing, the timepiece features a 1.4-inch display, protected by Gorilla Glass and a sapphire coating. The wearable has a 300mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and runs on the Tencent OS. The device offers Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, and is IP67 certified for protection from water. The Axon Watch can be submerged to as deep as 3.3 feet for as long as 30 minutes, and emerge unscathed. The smartwatch supports the usual health and fitness monitoring, and works with messaging apps that are used in China like WeChat and QQ.


source: ZTE

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Axon Mini
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(18h talk time)

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23 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So, ZTE was the first to announce it, Huawei to implement it and Apple to...um...follow and get all the credit just because it has a better application ecosystem??

3. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

How the hell didn't you get used to it already? Thit is always like that. And now if I see an article here (or somewhere else) hailing the innovative super new iPhone features (which can be found on other phones before on the iPhones) I just get over it and don't say anything, that is useless at this point. :(

15. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

One must continue to resist, instead of quitting. 'Resistance is futile' is the idiom used by the oppressive and the tyrannical. LOL. I got a bit ahead of myself but I meant to say, don't be a quitter, regardless of all the odds against you.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who implemented an array of super-acurate sensors to measure even the smallest force, into the backlight of the display itself to minimize the size and weight compromise and shipped this product to the benefit of tens of millions of people worldwide ? Btw if Apple only wanted to be first, they could have anounced 3D touch like three years ago, when they started working on it.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No they couldn't and wouldn't cause they "just started working" on it.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

They DON'T get credit for having first smartphone with Force Touch, they get it because they are the only ones that have done it good. If You really believe that ZTE and Huawei did this because they found it useful and not just for sake of being before Apple you are stupid. Sorry, if there weren't any leaks that Force Touch will come with 6S no one would even think about it right now

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its synaptics, they're the biggest tech company on every touch based technology

12. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Apple Watch ring a bell?

17. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Well i hope Apple won't get another credit for iPencil, i remember how Apple fans called air view a gimmick. I admitted time I'll give them credit for better force touch implementation - by the way that better ecosystem will allow more apps developer to take advatage of having force touch.

2. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

A lot of people compaine about the so called "mini" sizes, but I think the normal "mini" sizes around 5' are good. They are completely manageable and for today's standards they are really mini-sized. BUT WOW this is a MINI phone whit the size of the NORMAL Xperia Z2-3-4-5 and even bigger than the Galaxy S6... wow. And don't get me wrong, in my opinion this size is excellent, but calling this "mini"... I can see the complaining crowds about the size right now :D

4. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

I wonder what according to them is a mini in it. The screen or the actual size of the phone?

5. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

The back so “Motorola”.

7. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Mini and it has 5,2 inch display? Really? And pricing is crazy,425 dollars for SD616 ? For that price i can have better phones. This should cost around 250 USD

11. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

They'm wondering, how the hell is 5.2 mini smartphone screen where is the mini here ?? These manufacturers damaging the ecosystem of smartphone with all this nonsense.

18. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Maybe they mean 'mini' eyes or 'mini' brains.

23. horangeh

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Better phones? Can you have HiFi sound, large battery, and f/1.8 camera for that price? Really?

8. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

If it's $299 then this phone would be sweet.

10. P3rsona

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

Mini should be 4.5 to 4.8

19. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

No, mini should be 4.5 or less.

20. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nawww, mini should be no more than 4.7... I.E Sony Xpeira Compact. Anything over 5inches that is called a "mini" makes no dam sense anymore lol. I'll let it slide tho if its 5inch but has an awesome screen to body ratio over 70%.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its called mini just because its smaller than original version

13. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Another "mini" version that has dumbed down specs. F you ZTE. It's not event hat mini - 5,2 inch brick with massive bezels - competition can easily squeeze flagship components inside even smaller devices.

16. carrykim

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

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