Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2705mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2705 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 11.2 days standby time, 900 minutes (2G).



The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is a solid mid-range phone let down by poor battery life and unwanted software changes.

- Andrew Williams , TrustedReviews 

The Axon 7 Mini is a great-looking phone with a vibrant display, outstanding audio and a serviceable rear camera.

- Philips Michaels , Tom's Guide 

Reviews summary

5.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Premium look and feel
  • Excellent audio
  • Dual SIM or microSD card support
  • Fingerprint reader
  • USB Type-C
  • QuickCharge 2.0

What's bad  

  • Weak battery
  • Dim display
  • MiFavor UI

Usually, when you see a “mini” version of a phone released, you expect that they’ve shrunk down its predecessor. In the case of the ZTE Axon 7 Mini, it’s not so much a smaller version of its big brother as an all-around less powerful version. But if cuts are made in the right areas, that’s not always a bad thing?

Did ZTE succeed in trimming the price and size of the well-received Axon 7? Reviews are rolling in! Let’s see what they have to say!

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The phone’s aluminum chassis and rounded edges were a hit with every review we found. Many noted how comfortable the phone was to hold and how upscale it looked. The fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device was also noted for its fast response times and accuracy. Android Central noted, “Tthe Mini's futurustic style makes you feel like you're carrying a device worth more than its price tag.”

Heading around front, reviewers loved the slim bezels and dual front-facing speakers. While a few reviewers mentioned the plastic speaker grills standing out to them, most loved the design.

Unfortunately, reviews on the display were mixed. The 1080p AMOLED screen provides great color and detail according to reviews. However, virtually every review noted how dim the screen was in outdoor settings or bright lighting.

Powering the phone, you’ll find a 1.5GHz eight-core Snapdragon 617 processor. Paired with 3GB of RAM, it pleased reviewers for basic usage--such as emails, social media and web browsing. However, it’s far from a powerhouse. PhoneArena notes, “Try firing up something a little more demanding (like a graphics-intensive game), and the 617's limitations quickly become apparent.”

You’ll find 32GB of internal storage. Should you need more, you can use microSD cards up to 128GB in capacity. However, adding a memory card requires using the slot for second SIM. So you’ll need to choose between expanded storage and expanded calling and data options.

ZTE’s MiFavor 4.0 runs on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallows. Reviews of the UI varied greatly. Some didn’t notice much difference at all while others called it one of the worst parts of the phone. Trusted Reviews said, “I don’t think the interface looks good. The ZTE Axon 7 Mini has fairly ugly app icons. And while there are several icon packs that change their colour scheme, all have the same lumpen quality.”

Camera reviews were equally varied. With good lighting and slow movement, the 16MP rear camera appears capable of taking decent shots. However, with any amount of movement or in low lighting, reviewers were quick to point out a severe lack of detail--particularly near the edges of the frames.

There’s also an 8MP front-facing shooter for selfies and video chat. Reviewers loved that you could use the fingerprint sensor to trigger the front camera. However, in the end, its reviews were as mixed as the rear camera. Trusted Reviews said, “The Mini can't compete with the high-end camera phones, but it still produces some pretty sharp-looking photos so long as the light is right.”

The biggest complaint about the phone across all reviews is battery life. The 2,705mAh battery didn’t last a full day on a single charge for any of the reviews we found. However, support for QuickCharge 2.0 does allow for fast top-offs if you have easy access to power outlets throughout the day. Tom’s Guide summed up opinions well, saying, “Get this phone, and you're giving up all hope of making it to dinnertime without having to look for a charging port.”

However, reviewers did find one thing about the phone to rave about--the dual front-facing stereo speakers. Trusted Reviews declared that the phone “has among the loudest speakers in its class, and the sound doesn’t become an ear-serrating mess at top volume, either.”

Unfortunately, the biggest flaw in the device appears to be in a crucial area. For this reason, most reviewers recommended passing on this phone. Trusted Reviews offers an excellent overview of most reviews, saying, “The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is a solid mid-range phone let down by poor battery life and unwanted software changes.”


Reviews (5.8/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Trends

Can’t keep up with cheaper budget phones

from Digital Trends
At $300, even if it’s priced appropriately in terms of internal hardware, the processor isn’t capable of offering a smooth user experience. The same is still true if it’s priced at $200 — and it’s a clear fault of the software, not of the processor. Go get a Moto G4 Plus instead and you’ll be much happier... Full review
TrustedReviews

Competitive price and still-solid features

from TrustedReviews

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is an awkward mishmash of good and bad, adding up to a phone destined to be thought of as an also-ran even though it does have some great features. Its speakers are unusually loud and Dolby Atmos processing is worth experiencing. The OLED screen is good, too. The just-OK camera, tasteless software alterations and flat-out bad stamina are likely to be sticking points for many, though, as they affect you on a daily basis. If it wasn’t for the battery life you could whip the ZTE Axon 7 Mini into shape with a few surface-level tweaks, but there are no tricks... Full review

PhoneArena

Fantastic sound, well-executed, attractive design

from PhoneArena
The Axon 7 Mini falls short of being the platonic ideal of a “mini” phone, one that takes a flagship, features intact, and gives us a handset with a smaller screen. Instead, it practically turns that approach on its head, barely decreasing size at all, and instead bringing us a phone that might be better called the Axon 7 Lite, dialing back on processing power and bells and whistles... Full review
Tom's Guide

Solid phone with a deal-breaking flaw

from Tom's Guide
There's a lot to recommend the Axon 7 Mini if you're in the market for a phone that won't break the bank. This device retains the same great design as the flagship-challenging Axon 7, while making acceptable trade-offs in performance to keep the price low. The rear camera can turn out some pretty good-looking images, and watching videos on that vibrant screen with stereo sound is a pleasure... Full review
GreenBot

Not quite as good as its bigger brother

from GreenBot
The Axon 7 Mini may look like the more capable Axon 7, but it’s not up to par with its performance. Spring for the more expensive model if Axon is the way you want to go... Full review
Android Community

Smaller, but not as quick

from Android Community

For a smaller smartphone starting at $300, the Axon 7 Mini is pretty well-equipped. In addition to the features covered here, the Mini also has an expansion slot for a microSD card that doubles as a SIM tray for when you're overseas. Additionally, it sports a USB Type-C port, which is quickly becoming the standard for Android devices across the board. There's also a generous 32GB of storage inside, which is double what you normally find in a phone this price. ZTE has bundled in a plethora of audio features, including a chip for Hi-Fi Recording, as well as dual noise-suppressio... Full review

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