ZTE Axon 7 Launches - Powerful Chinese Flagship for Under $500

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  1. dgstorm

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    Chances are, assuming you don't live in China, you have probably never seen or dealt with any of the previous Axon products from ZTE. Don't let that deter you from taking an interested peek at their latest creation: the Axon 7. What's really funny about the ZTE Axon 7 is that there was only a ZTE Axon before this... no 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Ah well, someone in ZTE marketing must have just liked the sound of "Axon 7." Also, that number does make it match up closer to current smartphones from opposing brands.

    Regardless of the marketing decision, this new flagship from ZTE will be launching with cutting edge specs, and will be available in the U.S. for less than $500. You will be able to get it from Amazon, Best Buy and from ZTE's own retail website. The initial version will only be compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, but there is talk of a CDMA version for Sprint and Verizon.

    Here's a breakdown of the absolutely monster specs for this new flagship entry in the U.S. market:
    • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2K quad HD resolution
    • 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 processor
    • 3,140 mAh battery with quick charging support (50% in 30 minutes)
    • A microSDXC slot
    • Dual speakers
    • 20-megapixel rear camera
    • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
    • High-speed fingerprint scanner - ZTE claims it is the fastest avaialble
    • Two memory configuration options: a 64GB model with 4GB of RAM or a 128GB version with 6GB of RAM
    As you can see, for a device with specs this good, a sub-$500 price is aggressive indeed. Its design aesthetic may not be too fancy, but most of you will throw a case on it anyway. What do you folks think? Assuming the quality and support is adequate, could this suddenly become one of the top contenders in the U.S. mobile market?

    Here's a small starter thread for the phone in our generic Android Smartphones section (if it takes off, we will probably create a new Category for ZTE and move this Forum into that): ZTE Axon 7
     
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    Need a VZW version.
     
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    I like the soundof a 128gb, 6gb phone with microsdxc as well. Not to mention its a Snapdragon not MediaTek. This phone looks like HTC One & LG G4 had a baby.
     
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    I would not hesitate to buy this as a secondary phone for testing and for children who you want to buy something that is newer technology but doesn't cost nearly the same price tag as Apple or Samsung flagships.
     
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    I vote yes, this could be a contender, with the right marketing. People don't really know about the overseas phone manufacturers that aren't big names in the US. But if this is a solid phone, with solid android update paths after they are released, i think this could definitely be a HUGE hit with the mid-price ranged phone people.