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

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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Axon Pro
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(12h talk time)



1. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

9. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

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

2. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 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.

4. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

12. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

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

14. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

You could buy 4.5" samsung galaxy S9 MICRO

3. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

7. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

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

10. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

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

5. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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

6. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Good job Zte, keep it going.

8. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

nice design

11. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

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

13. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

15. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

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

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