ZTE Axon Phone now available to pre-order in the US: Quad HD screen and other high-end specs for under $450

ZTE Axon Phone now available to pre-order in the US: Quad HD screen and other high-end specs for under $450
ZTE, which prides itself in being the fourth largest smartphone maker in the US, today started taking pre-orders for the Axon Phone, a brand new handset that was first presented in June.

The Axon Phone is a high-end device that's sold unlocked, costing less than most other high-end smartphones out there: $449.98. It can currently be pre-ordered in the US from ZTE's website, Amazon, Newegg, and eBay, with shipping expected to start at the end of July.

Made out of materials like metal and glass, the Axon Phone measures 154 x 75 x 9.3 mm and weighs 175 grams, so it's not the thinnest, nor the lightest high-end smartphone on the market. Anyway, ZTE says that the Axon was "designed in the US for the US."

The new handset sports a 5.5-inch Sharp-made TFT Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, and runs a near-stock version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, the Axon Phone further offers LTE connectivity, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space (apparently not expandable), and a 3000 mAh non-removable battery. The rear camera of the Axon is a dual-lens one (13 MP + 2 MP, suitable for bokeh effects) with 4K video recording and f/1.8 aperture, while the front-facing camera is an 8 MP one.

A highlight of the Axon Phone - at least according to ZTE - is that it features an AKM 4961 Hi-Fi (high fidelity) audio chipset that should deliver "excellent sound quality." The smartphone also comes with "advanced sound recording" thanks to dual microphones. Reportedly, "long-distance voice pickup will capture the slightest of sounds from up to 20 feet away" (of course, we'll have to test this to see if it really works).

The Axon Phone is fully compatible with the GSM/LTE networks of AT&T and T-Mobile, but does not work on Verizon and Sprint. For a closer look at the new smartphone, check back soon to read our Axon Phone hands-on post.


sources: Axon Phone, ZTE, Press release

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20 Comments

1. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

HTC one X anyone?

2. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

yep yep

4. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

I soldered a new connecting wire to the HTX One X. Tegra 3 and the added heat was really merciless to the battery. I will see if this phone doesn't have any bugs or issues like that, like if the S810 in the ZTE Axon is the first "beta" model, or the revision. If it's the buggy, overheating and battery thirsty chip then this is going to be exactly like the One X.

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

you did what?

10. Simona unregistered

oooh shut uup .. it looks interesting,,..

3. waddup121 unregistered

Great stuff haha

5. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

A much better option than oneplus two. But I wont be sold just by the amazing spec/price alone, becoz build quality is arguably more important. Need a review first.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Just ordered 1 from Amazon. I love their return policy.:)

7. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I like the audio features

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They can't be serious and think that HQ lossless audio and limited storage are a good combo?!?! Then again they can't think th S810, a 5.5in QHD screen and a 3000mAh battery are a good combo either

8. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

bravo on the design. the ui doesn't look bad either.

9. Furbal unregistered

Damn why 32gb :(

11. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Only 32 gigs nonexpandable- will someone be ok with that? Like the design- looks like droid turbo

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Please I know this is off topic but I really need this info. Has any of you bought from Chinese reseller Gearbest? If yes, how long did it take for it to get to you and your take on their service? PayPal is offering a crazy promo of upto 80% discount on purchases made at gearbest with PayPal in Africa and I can't miss this sweet deal. So anyone PLEASE?

18. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I've ordered from them in Australia, just made my order like a few weeks ago and haven't received anything yet but from what I've heard it takes a good while for them ship stuff, like between 1-2 months. That's for Australia so not sure about Africa.

19. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Thanks for the reply. Made my order a couple of hours ago, fingers crossed.

13. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

TFT quad hd in 2015? They r so 90s.

20. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

It's a new TFT technology that Sharp recently invented. I read up on it just awhile ago and it looks awesome

15. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

When you do your full review, could you address ZTE's history of OS updates. Will this ever see M?

17. mosc2k

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

HI guys, could you please help me? I want to upgrade my note 3 - what phones would u recommend? The money category doesnt matter

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