ZTE wants the mini to be a flagship killer, with specifications and price. The core design uses a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC (4x ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.5 GHz, 4x A53 at 1.2 GHz, Adreno 405) and a Cat 6 modem with FDD + TDD support plus carrier aggregation (bands listed below). The smartphone uses USB Type-C, and supports Quick Charge to rake it’s 2705mAh battery from 0% to 50% in a rated 30 minutes.
ZTE is keen to point out that the design for the mini was a collaboration with BMWs Designworks division, known for its designs (PC users may remember their involvement in Thermaltake’s Level10 chassis or Asrock’s M8 barebones). This is pointed out as part of the metal unibody finish and 2.5D curved glass design, which seems to be a strong selection in a number of releases at IFA this year.
Rather than go into extensive depth on cameras (16MP PDAF+8MP), ZTEs focus was on the audio, with a collaboration with Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM) to adjust the audio. This includes Dolby Atmos and what ZTE calls a ‘7.1 surround sound hi-fi experience’.
ZTE Axon 7 Series Axon 7Axon 7 miniSoCQualcomm Snapdragon 820
2 x Kryo @ 2.15 GHz
2 x Kryo @ 1.60 GHz
Adreno 530Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
Adreno 405RAM4 GB3 GBNAND64 GB32 GBDisplay5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED5.2-inch 1920×1080 AMOLEDDimensions151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm
175g147.5 x 71 x 7.8mm
300/50SIM SizeDual Nano-SIMDual Nano-SIMFront Camera20MP, f/1.8, PDAF, OIS16MP, f/1.6, PDAFRear Camera8MP, f/2.28MP, g/2.2Battery3250 mAh2705 mAhConnectivityLTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29/30/41 (USA)
1/2/3/4/5/6/8/19/20/28/38/40/41 (A2107G)LTE Band
Type-CLaunch OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0Launch Price~€450€299
The mini is set for Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia and USA, with a price of €299 (that’s including tax). Outside the US, the release date is set for the 7th of September.