ZTE AXON 7 mini

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Pretty soon, IFA feels like it is going to overtake Mobile World Congress for smartphone and mobile type launches. With all the announcements already out, ZTE has one as well – a companion device to their recently launched flagship. The AXON 7 gets the AXON 7 mini as a smaller sibling, with the idea being that a number of the features of the AXON 7 are migrated down into a 5.2-inch

form factor.

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.

IFA 2016: ZTE Launches the AXON 7 mini

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.

IFA 2016: ZTE Launches the AXON 7 mini

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

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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
153gModemCat 6
300/50Cat 6
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
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20
38/40/41USBUSB 3.0
Type-CUSB 2.0
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.

IFA 2016: ZTE Launches the AXON 7 mini

IFA 2016: ZTE Launches the AXON 7 mini

IFA 2016: ZTE Launches the AXON 7 mini

IFA 2016: ZTE Launches the AXON 7 mini

Source: anandtech.com

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10 thoughts on “ZTE AXON 7 mini

  1. I remember getting the very first Galaxy Note 5 years ago (5.3 inch), and returning it because it was just too damn large, it simply didn't fit in my hand. Now they call a 5.2 inch phone “mini”???

  2. Mini means we took .3 inch off the size of the screen. Sheesh.Hey, I like big phones but if you want to call it a mini, try 4″, or 4.5″.

  3. I am not sure why they don't use a better SoC for the mini. I thought they use a slower SoC bc the compact design of a smaller phone but the mini is not so mini (still have a 5 inch screen).

  4. yeah, 650 or 652 will totally suffice. That A53 is definitely no flagship killer. These company throws around these words to dilute their meanings.

  5. They should have used a 650 or 652 in there instead of having a higher clocked A53 cluster. Even two A72 cores is enough to boost performance to near-flagship levels.

  6. This phone has a curved back, will wobble on table anyway, flush camera or otherwise. Only phones with camera module in the bezel have managed to have flush camera without making the phone uncomfortable.

  7. So it has inferior focus, or did you mean make the entire phone thicker to accommodate it?

  8. Looks great, except… make the damn camera flush with the phone already. Sick of protruting lumps on these hi-tech devices

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