ZTE Axon Pro launches at several online retailers for $449.98 unlocked

After making its official debut a couple of weeks ago, ZTE’s new high-end Axon Pro is now available for purchase.

You can snag an Axon Pro from ZTE’s web store or from Amazon, Newegg, or eBay if you prefer those retailers. No matter which shop you choose, you’ll end up paying $449.98 for the ZTE Axon Pro. You do have a color choice, though, because the Axon Pro is available in Phthalo Blue, Ion Gold, or Chromium Silver.

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Moving on to specs, ZTE has outfitted the Axon Pro with many of the high-end specs that you’d expect from a flagship phone in mid-2015. It’s got a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The Axon Pro’s also packing a dual lens rear camera setup that offers a main 13-megapixel shooter as well as a second 2-megapixel camera that’s meant to help speed up focus and let you shift focus after taking a photo. Rounding out the Axon Pro’s spec list is an 8-megapixel front camera, 32GB of storage, Quick Charge 2.0, and a 3000mAh battery.

It’s also worth noting that the ZTE Axon Pro includes support for LTE bands 2, 4, and 12, so it should play nicely with T-Mobile’s network. ZTE has said that the Axon Pro has Voice over LTE as well, but ZTE hasn’t made any mention of Wi-Fi calling.

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If you do decide to pick up the ZTE Axon Pro, you’ll get a pair of premium JBL E13 headphones (worth $50) and the ZTE Passport protection plan. This two-year warranty covers manufacturer defects and also offers a Premium Protection Plan that covers things like drops and “minimal” liquid damage. If one of these unfortunate situations happens, you can get a new Axon Pro for a $79.99 deductible.

Overall the Axon Pro looks like a solid first effort for ZTE’s new premium “Axon” brand. The phone’s lack of a microSD slot will likely be a turn-off for some, but the Axon Pro checks most of the other flagship phone feature boxes. And at $449.98, the Axon Pro is more affordable than several other big-time Android phones, slotting into the “affordable flagship” category with the likes of the Moto X Style/Pure Edition and OnePlus 2.

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Sources: ZTE, Amazon, Newegg, eBay

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  • steven berson

    I kinda like the oneplus 2 better.

  • Paul

    OOOOoooo, wait…no microsd?
    Pass.

    Looks like a really good effort from ZTE. Hopefully it’ll do well enough for ZTE to bring another version with as microsd. It’s a beautiful phone.

    • Trevnerdio

      Same exact thing. Looked very tempting, was looking to upgrade from my Note Edge…then “no MicroSD card slot” and I just stopped reading. Sorry, no longer a contender.

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    • Mike Palomba

      It has a micro SD slot where the second sim would go

      • Paul

        Thanks for sharing. I wasn’t able to watch the video, only read the article.

      • Morton H

        no it doesnt

  • VG

    So, what’s the deal with WiFi Calling? I thought Google was going to bake it into the Android OS so that any unlocked GSM phone would support T-Mobile WiFi Calling? Or is that a pipe dream?

    • Lukasz Balicki

      On Nexus 6 right now it’s T-Mobile specific. On Android M WiFi calling is baked in.

      • a d00d

        Guess people still need to be reminded: the “Wi-Fi Calling” in question is proprietary and lives in the baseband rather than running under the main processor; it’s strongly implied it shares code with VoLTE, which makes sense because they’re both VoIP with some network-specific QoS features.

        On the plus side, this means reduced power consumption and a better call (in theory), but on the minus side us peons don’t get access to the baseband even on a Nexus so it’s easy for spyware from NSA and others to live there–and on Snapdragons, the baseband has full control over the handset’s hardware, including mic and cameras, all the time, even when the main phone is asleep!

  • Acdc1a

    Nope.

  • archerian

    Only $30 more for the LG G4, and it comes with a removable battery and SD card.

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  • zen2k

    Cancelled my pre-order after the moto x pure announcement.

  • Lukasz Balicki

    My main concern is if ZTE will support it with OS updates, they don’t have a good track record.

  • I wouldn’t mind it not having a Micro SD card so much if it it had either of these options, the base model was 64GBs or they sold a 64GB version for a little bit more.

    • Mike Palomba

      It has a micro SD slot

      • Are you sure? @mikepalomba:disqus On their website it states, “N/A” for Expandable storage.

        • Mike Palomba

          According to the video in the article yes but I have never seen the phone in person so I can not say for sure

        • I see. Thanks for that info.

      • Morton H

        No it doesnt, stop saying that,, thats Axon Lux Pro International version. The Axon Pro does not have one. I have the phone.

  • steveb944

    At least they have one mono front facing speaker in the bottom.

    The lack of OIS keeps me away unfortunately.

  • Ryan

    Didn’t ZTE’s ZMAX just get banned from California and Minnesota for not having some type of anti threat function at Metro PCS? Will the AXON run into the same program?

  • Joe

    No SD Card slot? No way. I will never buy a phone that does not have a slot for extra storage. Hopefully the Note 5 has one and the rumors are false because I think that’s my next phone.

    • Stumptown Retro

      Ive seen it in person. No sdCard slot Joe. Sorry to give bad news. :( I was hoping for one too.

      • a d00d

        And no removable battery, either. You think they would have gotten the hint from the ZMAX debacle.

        Sigh…only reason I have Nexus 6 is because it’s Nexus with a huge screen. Otherwise, I really miss a removable battery and uSD.

    • Mike Palomba

      It has an SD card slot

  • PaulH.

    I am satisfied with my G4.

    • JJCommonSense

      Me too…lol

  • Deibid

    No reason to get this… Way overpriced for what it is. I’ll stick with getting the oneplus two or new Moto X.

  • Mike Palomba

    According to the video in this article it has a micro sd slot but if you use it you lose the ability to use dual sims.

  • bobododo

    Nice, but these new phones are too big. I personally am looking forward to the Axon Mini that’s supposed to come out in the fall. 5.2″ screen with force touch.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Please come out with a 5in flagship!

  • Alex P.

    Mediocre battery capacity, unnecessarily high display resolution… Yea, thanks but I’d rather get something like Moto X Play. T-Mobile refuses to carry this model but I can still get it from Canada’s Motorola site.

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    Should have made it 64gb internal memory or at least had a micro SD slot then it would be a much better phone imo