ZTE Axon 7 is a new Android flagship designed with help from BMW Designworks

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While the ZTE Axon was launched as an unlocked phone sold straight to consumers, ZTE gave it support for T-Mobile band 12 LTE, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi Calling. Now the follow-up is official, and ZTE says that it supports T-Mo, too.

The ZTE Axon 7 is a high-end Android 6.0 phone with a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display. There are front-facing speakers at the top and bottom of that screen, as well as an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. ‘Round back there’s a 20-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and optical image stabilization, as well as a fingerprint reader.

Inside of the Axon 7’s 7.9mm-thick body lives a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, USB Type-C, and NFC. One model of the Axon 7 will include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the second version will bump things up to 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a Force Touch display, too. However, both phones include microSD slots for adding more storage.

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ZTE touts the Axon 7 as being ready for Daydream, the virtual reality platform that Google announced at I/O. ZTE plans to offer its own VR headset as well.

Rounding out the Axon 7’s feature set is something that’s not a hardware feature, but a customer service one. The Axon 7 includes the Axon Passport Program 2.0, which offers two-year support with unlimited out-of-warranty repairs. ZTE will also ship you replacements or repaired devices for free, and if you want it, ZTE will give you assistance with upgrading, replacements, and setup.

The Axon 7 is launching in China today and will come to the US shortly after. In the US, it’ll be available from ZTE, Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, eBay, and Newegg for a price that ZTE hasn’t officially announced, but promises will be less than $500. ZTE does say that the Axon 7 will be compatible with T-Mobile, complete with band 12 LTE, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi Calling.

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  • besweeet

    Seems promising. Back is a bit plain, though…

    • beachtrax

      It does have the horsepower and features nailed :) Can you give some detail on what would make the phones less plain?

      • besweeet

        Basic circular fingerprint sensor on the back, camera centered above it, same antenna lines we’ve seen everywhere, etc.

      • He wants 50s fins somewhere.

        • Acdc1a

          I’d be all over it.

  • thepanttherlady

    I’ve been waiting for a new phone to come out with front facing speakers. Might check this one out.

    • BadBatz

      HTC 10
      :-)
      The redesign proves that you don’t need both front facing speakers to sound at least as good as all the HTC One M models with front facing speakers.

      • thepanttherlady

        Haven’t purchased an HTC since the Sensation. Well, technically the Amaze but that one went back immediately (it was a gift).

        • George Salcedo

          You are missing out my friend, the 10 is a beast but pricing stinks though.

  • GreatNews

    Now I’m debating between this and the S7 Edge, this seems more promising, anybody?

    • Verizonthunder

      I’m waiting for the One plus 3

    • Acdc1a

      Bang for your buck? This phone by a mile. Quality and reputation? Well… maybe the 2 year service program will calm your fears.

    • onstrike112

      BlackBerry priv, easily.

    • George Salcedo

      If you like stock Android then get the ZTE, no competition

  • George Salcedo

    Looks like an HTC One knockoff, looks nice though. The zmax was a beast of a phone for the price.

    • David Firebaugh

      I agree it does look a lot like the HTC line. I had the Zmax phone for a week and returned it. My problem with it was the screen. I could see where I was touching it. If you know what I mean. Colors would change. Hopefully they did better here. I wonder if it has Gorilla Glass. I didn’t see it mentioned.

      • George Salcedo

        I never noticed any color changing on my Zmax and overall it performed very well. I regret selling it to buy an M9 only cause my M9 can’t compete in the battery life departments.

  • Jesse Edgar

    This there is any chance this will be sold at T-Mobile stores?

    • Acdc1a

      None

    • Kendrick Vargas

      Amazon, next best thing… Just no leasing program option.

      • JBrowne1012

        Get the store card instead

        • thepanttherlady

          5% statement credit or 6-12 months 0% interest. :)

    • carl

      Best Buy has some unlocked phones on display, so you can play with them before you buy. That’s how I decided not to buy the Moto G 3, the BLU phones and Sony’s. And they sell them for the same price as online stores.

  • Erik

    I’m wait for the Note 7. Should be available in like 2 months. Going to be a beast

    • Jay J. Blanco

      You mean 6?

      • Erik

        No, 7. Haven’t u heard? Samsung is skipping 6, and right to the 7.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Wow, cool

      • Matt Starzer

        They are trying to align the notes numbering with their regular galaxy line, instead of being one behind. Because:marketing.

        • MattPortland

          It’s a great marketing move.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Makes sense that’s cool.

    • onstrike112

      The Note will still be less productive than my BlackBerry PRIV. Even with a BlackBerry Hub ripoff.

    • Hows that working out for you?

      • Erik

        Working out awesome. Since in the U.S., don’t really have to worry about the defect. This phone exceeded my expectations. What r u using?

        • Um, I live in the US in CA and the recall is a huge deal, so I call bullshit.
          Also, the specs were all wrong that you were saying.

        • Erik

          What and when was I talking about specs? What did I say? Whatever I say was based on what was read. Wow, u must have some vendetta against Samsung, hey? Whatever it is u have against Samsung, take it up with them. I have nothing to do that, don’t take it out on me.

        • You’re a moron. I don’t think you e even have a Note 7.

        • Erik

          Trust me, I have a Note 7. Got it on the 18th. Black Onyx tyvm. There is nothing wrong with my device to even worry about starting on fire. Yes, when my replacement comes, then I will be exchanging it.

          Dude, why the animosity?

        • Because you’re endangering yourself and others. You are not qualified to know what is safe and what isn’t.
          People like you are why bad shut happens. You think your special.

          That kid who has burns all over him that went to a trauma hospital is the victim of people like you.

        • Erik

          Awww, you care. Trust me when I say, there is no danger myself or anyone else. Everything has been taken care of.

        • Hey, how’d that work out for you?

        • Erik

          The phone was awesomely great.Nothing wouldve went wrong with the Note 7. Did not want to trade it in. But if I’m to get $125 in bill credits, shoo, I’m all for that. Just going to get the S8 in March, then back to the beloved Note in August/September.

  • JJCommonSense

    Dam! I guess ZTE said “anything you can do I can do better!” I want to see whatsup with the 6GB ram version! I didnt know the Snapdragon 820 was ready for that much memory..

    • Kendrick Vargas

      Depending on page size and other address table properties, arm64 (64 bit arm devices) can map anywhere from 512GB to 256 TB of RAM. I don’t think we’ll see phones with 512GB of RAM any time soon, but I don’t think 6 is a stretch…. though it is a bit bonkers given the resources typically consumed today :-)

      The thing that IS a concern for me is that the more RAM you add, the more power you’re spending to keep it active. 6GB seems a bit excessive, even for future proofing.

      • donnybee

        If the range is 512GB – 256TB, it sounds like the minimum is 512GB. Are you sure you didn’t mean 512MB? That would put both the 4GB and 6GB versions right in that range

        • Kendrick Vargas

          No I wrote it right. Those figures are all upper limits taken from the Linux kernel documentation for Aarch64 memory configuration. They aren’t really ranges. The minimum is 0MB. Depending on the page size and the depth of the table level, max memory could be as little as 512GB OR it can be as much as 256TB.

          https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/arm64/memory.txt

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Oh wow, I might take this over the OnePlus Three.

  • Acdc1a

    The 2 year support my just sway me. The OnePlus Three won’t have this type of service.

  • that_guy

    What does that down arrow do in the navigation bar to left of the back button? Does it bring down the notification panel?

    • CDavisUnlimited

      That would be very cool.

      • that_guy

        I think it’s just to hide the navigation bar. Never mind.

    • Acdc1a

      For a much better price.

    • carl

      I think it’s for the notification panel too, similar to what some other brands have it but with a different arrow design.

  • Thatguy

    This phone is better than LG5 and HTC 10!

    • carl

      We don’t know that yet.

    • MattPortland

      Time will tell.

    • onstrike112

      Won’t beat BlackBerry’s Priv though. That hardware keyboard makes it the best phone yet.

      • SirStephenH

        Hardware keyboard?! What, is this 2005?

        • onstrike112

          You obviously haven’t had a hardware keyboard since 2005, otherwise you wouldn’t open your mouth and insert your foot like you just did.

  • pseudoswede

    I wish they made a 5″ version (even with lower specs).

    • Acdc1a

      Looks like there’s no wasted bezel space. You might find yourself happy as is.

      • carl

        I disagree, look closely and don’t let the glass distract you. I say it’s on pair with the LGs.

  • steveb944

    Wow this may be my next device.

  • Jake Fitzpatrick

    Wow, nice warranty.

  • Pitahson

    Hopefully it comes out soon. My wallet is ready to try something new

  • onstrike112

    Handwriting doesn’t make your device productive. It’s a gimmick like just about everything Samsung does. The physical keyboard on the other hand, is capable of productivity.

    • Erik

      Okay okay okay, I’m sorry man. You ain’t got to lash out like that. I just said what I like and you said what you like. Please don’t beat me up because I like the Note series and not the priv. And seem that you have some pent up anger against Samsung.

      It’ll be OK. You do what you do and like and I’ll do what I do and like.

      Let there be peace

      • onstrike112

        I’m not lashing out. I’m stating facts, and Samsung is known for selling devices on gimmicks and buzzwords. Yes, I hate Samsung, and that’s because they cake Android with so much encumbering crap that their latest Exynos and the latest Snapdragon feels slower than my BlackBerry Priv’s Snapdragon 808. That’s the only one feat Samsung has accomplished.

        Fine by me. I’m just stating facts.

        • Erik

          Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    • donnybee

      Maybe not every user is a productivity user and in need of a productivity workhorse. I get where you’re coming from because it works perfect for you but to other people, their phone is more than just a tool, it’s an extension of their personality and traits. Some people want the crafty, less productive, additions.

      • onstrike112

        Well, practicality and productivity are important to me, so I guess logically I need a BlackBerry device. So I’ll never be caught dead with a Samsung, LG, or HTC. I just don’t see the merits of Samsung devices with how bad TouchWiz is, and will probably continue to be, regardless of what people say about how it’s “much better now.”

        • Acdc1a

          I understand being excited about a device, but seriously, how much is BlackBerry paying you to promote their device? There are many practical devices that will allow you to be productive that don’t have the BlackBerry name or price tag.

        • onstrike112

          None of them have the BlackBerry hardware keyboard.

      • Acdc1a

        I’m a productivity user and I find the stock Android keyboard to do just fine. The physical keyboard would be nothing more than a novelty to me.

  • mreveryphone

    I’ve been looking for a long term backup phone and this might just do the trick… That warranty is boss!

  • riverhorse

    Bigger please…. anything over 6″, up to 8″.

    • impasse

      #twss

      • thepanttherlady

        Bwahahaha!

    • Say What??

      I’m waiting for something new around 6.2-6.4 inches to be released here in the U.S. Hopefully one day this will happen as it has only been happening overseas.

  • Rob

    Looks like a killer device… But I don’t trust these Chinese companies. Great, 2 year warranty, but what happens when you have to keep replacing the phone? Pricing that low, corners are going to be cut somewhere.

    • George Salcedo

      Or Samsung and Apple kill you by overpricing their devices, it’s tough to really know but my zte zmax was pretty damn good for the price.

  • JMccovery

    To choose between this and the Note 6/7…

    Would probably be able to buy two of these for the price of a 128GB Note; maybe 3.

  • Richard Darrington

    I just wish it was coming out in T mobile stores so I could lease it

  • Critic4U

    Definitely looks great, could care less about the cheap VR, I’m holding out for Microsoft’s HoloLens, that to me is premium VR and it’s definitely not on a phone I hold up to my face because I would I never consider to be a premium VR experience.

  • deh2002

    I hope it comes to T-Mobile stores

    • Kaulana1989

      Available only at best buy or Amazon for 450 unlock

  • blindexecutioner

    T-mobile wifi calling! They’re doing it right.

    • Eddie Harrington

      Apparently the phone does not arrive with wifi calling working though everyone seems to think Tmobile will fix this in the future. Wish we could get a straight answer on this issue sooner rather than later.