ZTE's Axon 7 gets updated to Android 7.1.1, enables Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile customers

Affordable doesn't always mean low-quality, and the proof lies in the existence of the ZTE Axon 7, one of the popular choices among US consumers looking for an unlocked mid-to-high-end device. Just last month, the Axon 7 was finally upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat following some development setbacks, but today the company has announced it will further bump it up to version 7.1.1, bringing a slew of improvements to the device.

The major new functionality here will be good news for T-Mobile users: after the install they will finally be able to use the carrier's Wi-Fi Calling option, which lets them call and send text messages even in areas with no mobile reception. Apart from that, ZTE has also added some improvements to the newly-introduced Daydream functionality, which was introduced to the phone with the Nougat upgrade. There's also the regular 7.1.1 improvements, including the new, gender-neutral emoji, as well as sending GIFs directly from the keyboard and support for home screen app shortcuts.

As usual, there's also the regular performance improvements and bug fixes, as well as Google's February security patches. This update solidifies the Axon 7's reputation as an attractive but cheap high-end device, since many other smartphones trying to claim the same title often fail to provide regular software updates. The upgrade should be rolling out to all users as of today, so Axon 7 users should make sure to manually check for updates if they haven't received it yet.

  • T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support – T-Mobile Axon 7 users will now be able to send and receive both calls and text messages over Wi-Fi. Don’t have service in a certain area? Don’t miss a beat by connecting to a wireless network to continue talking and texting.
  • More ways to communicate – With 7.1.1, Google made all its emojis gender-equal, representing a wider range of professions for both men and women – so now you can be the astronaut you always wanted. Plus, you gain the ability to send gifs directly from your keyboard on supported apps. Go ahead, express yourself!
  • Daydream update & optimization – One of our favorite 2017 announcements was that the Axon 7 was finally Daydream-ready! With Android 7.1.1, we’re making your virtual reality even better by updating and optimizing your experience.
  • Google security patches updates through Feb 2017 – Speaking of security, Google fixed all of its known vulnerabilities with 7.1.1. Sound boring? You may be right, but these patches are critical in keeping your information even more safe while sending emails, browsing the website, texting, or processing media files.

In addition to the above updates, your Axon 7 will also receive miscellaneous performance improvements and bug fixes. We continue to strive to provide the best experience possible on the Axon 7 and we’re excited for you to try out Android 7.1.1. So simply go to Settings, click System Update and download to experience now!

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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)



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well... That was quick from 7.0. Way to go Axon, impressive. Here's hoping the update improves the fingerprint scanner, it's about the only thing the device doesn't do well.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Odd. My Axon 7 has zero issues with my finger print scanning. I just saved multiple profiles for both my pointer fingers and everything is good. I had to do the same thing with my Nexus 6P prior so nothing new really.

7. oldhickorytony

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

My Axon 7 fingerprint scanning after the 7.0 update is ever so slightly slower than it was but is still awesome. And I certainly don't think of it as an issue. Love this phone.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

When my Axon 7 is asleep, it's a good 2 to 3 seconds before it unlocks.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

2-3 secs? Hum have you tried factory reset? It might fix the issue.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2661; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yup. I've done that with each update. It seems to a known issue over at XDA.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Running 7.1.1 now. Really impressed with ZTE and the Axon 7.

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Any bugs? I hate updates. Everytime I update I end up having to do a factory reset, there's always battery drain bugs and software crashes on every phone I've ever updated, Nexus especially.

8. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

If you have the Axon 7, update it. It's so much smoother than B15, and I'm not even exaggerating.

3. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

This is great news.

6. daddyd302

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

Wow that was fast. They updated to 7.0 like a month or so ago and now we're already on 7.1.1!

9. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

It came with the March 1st security patch, not February. Although I understand the confusion since the release notes state February for some reason.

18. oldhickorytony

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Hadn't noticed it's got the March update. Sweet.

11. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Could not be happier with my Axon 7 this phone is amazing. You'd be a fool to pay $700+ for a phone when something like this exist.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"You'd be a fool to pay $700 fora phone when something like this exist." To be fair, the Axon 7 doesn't have the best camera, nor the most sensors, nor the best battery life. So, I'll take the S7 edge over the Axon 7 any day. To each his own.

14. D-SHEL

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

OnePlus 3/T to follow. Just updated it.

17. haydenb

Posts: 139; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Really the finger print sensor works really well for me. Im impressed by the speed of the updates really the only areas where this phone needs improvement is the low light performance while better still struggles a bit and the software is a bit rough around the edges. Other than that really good phone

19. omar92

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Can someone in Phonearena please make a review of this phone? I think is the best phone in the market and I would like to know your benchrmaks and opinion with all of your lab tools. Thanks P.A.

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