Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The ZTE Axon 7's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3140mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3140 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 960 minutes (2G), 960 minutes (3G), 477 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The ZTE Axon 7 delivers top-of-the-line hardware at an incredible price.

- Kyle Wiggers , Digital Trends 

A sharper display, superior sound and more attractive body could help this $399 phone take down its top rival.

- Cherlynn Low , Engadget 

Reviews summary

7.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 13 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Fast performance
  • Beautiful display
  • Front-facing dual speakers
  • Excellent sound processing
  • All-day battery life
  • microSD support
  • USB Type C with Quick Charge 3.0 support

What's bad  

  • Bloatware
  • MiFavor UI is cluttered
  • Camera performance is inconsistent
  • Fingerprint scanner is inconsistent
  • Voice controls are inconsistent
  • Cramped navigational controls

ZTE has long touted their “affordable flagship” devices. Yet, they have not made a device that really captured the market. With the release of the ZTE Axon 7, they’re trying once again to take on an increasingly competitive mid-tier field of phones.

While the spec sheets might look nice and the price is amazing, does the experience add up? Let’s see what reviewers around the Internet are saying!

ZTE worked with BMW Designworks to style their latest phone and reviewers seem to feel that the pairing worked great. In typical fashion for recent phones, the fingerprint scanner is on the rear of the phone making for easy access and a natural feel. Reviewers all noted that the phone was heavy--though this is a bit relative at only 175g. Some also noted delays in the responsiveness of the fingerprint scanner as well.

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Heading around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel. The 2560-by-1440 resolution screen was a hit with reviewers. Android Authority called it, “One of the very best displays I have seen on a smartphone.”

However, to keep the size of the phone down while including the large display, ZTE had to shave the bezels. Add in the need for capacitive buttons and you have an issue that all the reviewers pointed out quickly--the navigation buttons at the bottom of the phone are very small. Even worse, they’re not backlit.

The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM. Performance reviews are generally positive. Android Police said, “Opening apps, multitasking, loading web pages, and all the other general smartphone tasks are very snappy.” PC Magazine agreed, saying, “Even with games and numerous apps open in the background, I wasn't able to get the phone to stutter.”

You’ll find 64GB of internal storage to keep all of your apps, media and other goodies at hand. Should you need more space, the phone supports microSD cards as well.

One area of contention on the phone’s performance is the MiFavor 4 interface ZTE paired with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. Many reviewers had issues with menu placement and configuration. Android Police summed up opinions well, saying, “MiFavor 4.0 doesn't look bad. It's just overloaded with buggy features that probably don't need to exist. It feels cluttered.”

Photography was a similarly mixed bag. While the 20MP rear camera with dual flash and optical image stabilization looks great on paper, reviewers found it struggled in low light and provided inconsistent results. Reviews noted that while the 8MP front-facing lens takes great shots, the “beauty” mode on the phone tends to over process photos.

Fortunately, reviewers all agreed on battery life--it’s great. With a 3,250mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0 support you can enjoy all-day battery life with rapid top-ups if needed. Android Central noted, “It lasted from the time I woke up until I went to bed. And I get up early and go to bed late.”
Audiophiles and media fans will find a lot to love about the Axon 7 as well. The phone includes 32-bit HiFi Dolby Atmos sound processing, a premium amplifier and dual front-facing speakers. Reviewers raved about both the clarity and loudness of music and movies from the phone’s speakers and were similarly pleased when hooking up headphones. Mobile Syrup said, “The sound quality lives up to the hype, providing a level of excellence that I have previously never experienced with a mobile phone.”

Reviews for the phone were positive overall. While the competition at this price point is heavy, most of the flaws noted in reviews had nothing to do with hardware and everything to do with software issues that ZTE will hopefully fix in the future. Engadget summed up opinions well, saying, “Those who prefer a great multimedia experience and a distinct aesthetic will find a more suitable companion in the Axon 7.”


Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


Feels like overpriced, out-dated mediocrity by comparison

from Good Gear Guide
The ZTE Axon 7 does little wrong, but it launched overseas many months ago and, at this high price, there are many better choices to be made... Full review

The flagship killer to buy

from Digital Trends
At $400, the Axon 7 is a no brainer. It packs a speedy processor, the best audio we’ve heard on a smartphone this year, a great display and camera, and software that’s unobtrusive. It may not sport dual cameras, bleeding-edge silicon, or an ungodly amount of memory, but to call the Axon 7 a slouch is to do it a disservice. Short of smartphones hundreds of dollars more, it’s one of the best on the market... Full review

A worthy opponent for high-end smartphones

from Notebookcheck
ZTE has not promised too much: The Axon 7 easily matches upper-range smartphones, such as Samsung's Galaxy S7 even if ultimately it cannot quite pull level to such devices. ZTE's smartphone does not have the final feature polishing for this - a faster USB port, larger internal storage, and wireless charging function would have led to a slightly higher rating. However, this does not at all lessen the superb configuration and performance package that the user gets with the Axon 7... Full review

The brightest sound

from GSMArena

The ZTE Axon 7 isn't a perfect phone, but a perfect phone is quite hard to come by, even today as we're nearing the end of 2016. The Axon 7 has its shortcomings, but they're quite agreeable when you consider the phone's price of USD $400. What's more, you can easily check it out in brick-in-mortar stores across the US like BestBuy or Walmart unlike the other mentioned Chinese brands, which only sell their products online. In other words, giving this phone a consideration is certainly a must if you're in search of a solid all-around device. It almost reminds us of a Swiss army knife - it's a... Full review

Outstanding with a few faults

from Android Guys
While there are some notable downsides to having this phone, such as the poor low-light camera, occasional performance stutter, the frustrating “feature” of hiding notifications from you on your lockscreen, and the lackluster navigation keys, ZTE has seriously stepped their game up this year and is offering a flagship phone that I almost wanted to purchase myself... Full review

Can’t quite kill the flagship killer

from Mobile Syrup
The ZTE Axon 7 is, all things considered, a fantastic device at a terrific price point. On paper, in many ways, it outstrips the OP3. But when it comes down to the essentials — processing, camera and design, in particular — it feels as if the line has yet to fully find its feet, while the OP3, now on its third attempt to kill flagships seems a more confident and stable offering... Full review

Mostly good hardware, but bad software

from Android Police
Looking at the ZTE Axon 7 on paper, it seems great. The specs are high-end, it's running Marshmallow, and it looks quite nice. In practice, it wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. This isn't a bad phone—there's no single deal breaker for me, but there are a lot of little things that make it a frustrating experience... Full review

Incredible hardware, dicey software

from Android Community
Not only is it wonderfully compact for a 5.5-inch phone, but it is well-made and nicely designed, replete with an excellent camera setup and superlative sound. If you can overcome the need to have the latest software (or expeditious software updates, for that matter), the ZTE Axon 7 is one of the best unlocked smartphones you can buy today... Full review

ZTE's 'affordable premium' promise

from Engadget
Overall the Axon 7 feels like a dependable, well-made handset. If you want a cleaner OS and can live with a less-sharp screen, the OnePlus 3 is a better bet at the same price. But those who prefer a great multimedia experience and a distinct aesthetic will find a more suitable companion in the Axon 7... Full review

ZTE's best to date

from Cnet
In both design and hardware performance, the Axon 7 is ZTE's best phone to date. But there are better alternatives. It is ZTE's best to date, but the OnePlus 3 is a better phone at the same price... Full review

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