The ZTE Axon 7’s updated design will hardly get people chattering, but this new model certainly has character with its smoothed edges and aluminum metal casing.
Although the curved back has been done before, the phone actually feels different and really, neat to hold. The quality of the structure is such that it cannot bend, even if someone was dumb enough to try.
The layout of power and volume buttons is good, they both situated on the right hand side, and the device has a very cool, recessed, ergonomic fingerprint reader. This innovative idea helps to identify it from the camera module. I have just one small objection to make to the ZTE Axon 7’s slight camera bulge, although it is not large enough to make the phone wobble unless you really bang about near it.
Antenna lines compliment the new design, which also has a slightly curved screen display.
Questions will undoubtedly, be asked, regarding the Designed in USA label on the back. Although ZTE is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, we know that they collaborated with BMW Group subsidiary, Designworks, based in the USA. The phone clearly has some BMW type features, for example, its curved shape, and elegant design: Although this has a tendency to make the phone a bit slippery to hold.
The new Axon 7 does exceed expectation when it comes to display. Compare it to other similar priced android phones and you will be surprised how much better this phone is. It has a Quad HD 5.5” AMOLED display, pixel density of 538PPI; giving sharper image, better color saturation and reproduction with easier viewing angles and better contrast. If compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 for example, it definitely gets my thumbs up.
In bright sunlight, the display clearly has good readability and is better than I have found for use in bad light environments. The Axon7 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, which is a great advantage; you don’t have to worry about scratching the display face. The screen is large and good for any content without making the phone difficult to hold.
When it comes to performance, the Axon 7 is high powered. It has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, with two cores operating at 2.15GHz and two at 1.6GHz. The Snapdragon 820 has been around for a while and is now running in every high-end smartphone this year. It is a marked step in the right direction; the Snapdragon 810 was a complete pain for users who complained that their phones had serious overheating problems.
The Axon 7 also comes with 4GB of RAM; enough for even those of us for whom multitasking is a way of life. This smart phone is equipped with dual independent Hi-Fi audio chips, AKM AK4961 and AKM AK4490 both recording and listening are taken to a new level of sound experience. You can also get a fair crack at mobile gaming with the Adreno 530 GPU installation. It really is a smartphone with a difference.
The ZTE Axon 7 operates with an unlocked dual-SIM device. This works with all major phone carriers in the United States. This means that even if you are on Verizon or T-Mobile Band 12, you will receive full coverage. The Axon 7 is not officially supported, by Sprint or Verizon, so you will need to contact the manufacturer, ZTE, if you encounter any issues with phone service coverage. The previous version of Axon was only available with 32 GB of non-expandable storage. The ZTE Axon 7 not only has double, the storage, 64 GB, but it is also equipped with a micro SD card expansion slot to accept up to 256 GB. This does mean that you will need to give up one SIM card slot in order to take advantage of the microSD, card expansion feature. However, you will agree with me, this is an incredibly valuable piece of hardware for those who need lots of space. In my opinion, it gives the ZTE Axon 7 just a bit more than a slight advantage over much of the competition.
All in all the ZTE Axon 7 is way ahead of the pack when it comes to providing great hardware, amazing audio fidelity, incredibly clear display and a very reasonable price tag. ZTE has spent good time and money developing one of the best smartphones to hit the market and it will certainly take up a lot of business from the likes of Samsung and others.