ZTE Axon 7 now available for pre-order with 5.5-inch Quad HD display, $399.98 price tag

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After announcing the Axon 7 back in May, ZTE today revealed the all-important pricing and availability details for its new flagship.

The ZTE Axon 7 is now available for pre-order in the U.S., with pricing set at $399.98. As of this writing, the Ion Gold model will begin shipping on July 27, while the Quartz Gray model starts shipping August 17. The Axon 7 is available for pre-order from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, Newegg, and ZTE itself.

As a refresher, the ZTE Axon 7 is a high-end smartphone design in collaboration with BMW Designworks. Its spec list includes a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot that doubles as a second SIM slot, and a 3250mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. The Axon 7 also boasts a 20-megapixel rear camera that rests above a fingerprint reader, and an 8-megapixel front camera. On the software side, it runs Android 6.0.1 below ZTE’s custom MiFavor 4.0 UI.

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Also of note is that ZTE touts the Axon 7 will support Daydream, Google’s virtual reality platform. ZTE says that the Axon 7 will be Daydream-ready this fall, which is when the Daydream platform and its VR products will launch.

Finally, ZTE says that the Axon 7 will support T-Mobile band 12 LTE, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi Calling. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Axon 7 supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, and 31. Also included is support for 2+4, 2/4+12, 2/4+29, 2/4+5, 41+41, and 25+25 carrier aggregation.

The ZTE Axon 7 is another affordable flagship, coming to market to do battle with devices like the OnePlus 3. The Axon 7’s spec list competes with some of the best phones on the market, so it’ll be interesting to see how it performs in the real world.

Are you going to pre-order a ZTE Axon 7?

Source: ZTE

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  • besweeet

    This is pretty tempting, but has 2 blockers for me:
    1) Fingerprint sensor is on the back instead of the front.
    2) 1080p recordings are 30FPS, not 60FPS. Correction: Turns out it does support 1080p60 recordings.

    • landale

      It’s funny how fingerprint sensor location has become the new capactive vs on screen button debate. Personally I prefer it on the back as it’s much easier to reach when I am holding it in one hand. I agree this phone is tempting but with the new Nexus devices likely less than 60 days away from being announced I’d probably hold off until i know what Google is planning.

    • Alex Wagner

      Agreed on the preference for front fingerprint readers over rear-mounted ones. I feel like it takes a bit more effort to contort my index finger to use a rear fingerprint reader than it does to shift my thumb to the area below the screen for a front fingerprint reader.

      • thepanttherlady

        Before receiving the Moto G4 Plus on Monday, I had never used the fingerprint reader on any phone I owned. For the past few months I’ve had the LG V10 and still find myself reaching in the back for volume and lock button. While the fingerprint reader on the G4+ is convenient, I don’t think the back reader will be an issue with the ZTE, for me.

        • Guest

          With all the phones you’re buying you should do reviews. Just a thought.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Already did, but I can’t bring myself to use a gold phone, so I’m waiting for the Quartz Grey to ship next month.

    I hope they still left the option in to use on-screen buttons instead of the capacitive ones.

    • Nathan Buffington

      You can always download a launcher (Like Nova) to get on screen buttons. But be careful, because this is an AMOLED screen which means that the buttons will burn into the screen and you can’t take them off

  • thepanttherlady

    Pre-ordered mine earlier this morning. I really dislike the gold color but one of the tempered glass screen protectors I had ordered has gold at the top and bottom (for the speaker grill) so gold it is.

  • Guest

    The spec list mentions VoLTE+, I’m not sure what it means.

    On the Carrier Aggregation (2CA), I understand B2+B4, but not sure about B2/4+B12. Does it mean it can be either B2+B12 and B4+B12?

    And some people are talking about B7, not sure why.

    • emcdonald75

      Maybe VoLTE+ is EVS (Enhanced Voice Services), which is supported by the SD 820 chip/X12 LTE modem and T-Mobile USA for now.

  • emcdonald75

    Wouldn’t it list LTE Band 41 (2.5GHz from Sprint), and not 31?

    • DStudio

      According to the ZTE website it has B41 instead of B31.

  • riverhorse

    1. Price is Fantabulous.
    2. Kicks Oneplus 3 behind.
    3. I’d wait for the larger GB version.

    The only critiques (The last two I may be the only one in the world complaining) :
    4. Non removable battery.
    5. Screen size too small.
    6. No IR. I wish more companies did like LG… then that software could attract more dev work.
    I’d love to use the phone as a remote control for EVERYTHING.

    • steveb944

      I agree on the screen size, hence why I can’t leave my N6.

  • sgarrand

    I pre-ordered the quartz color on Best Buy (date stated 8/16) because I don’t care for the gold color. The tipping point for me was Wi-Fi Calling. The OP3 does not have it and the Axon 7 does. I work IT in a basement (typical, I know) with no T-Mobile signal but good Wi-Fi. It also checked other boxes as far as front facing speakers, fingerprint reader and SD card support.

  • George Salcedo

    That month long wait for quartz gray is kind of brutal but I guess it gives me to sell my HTC One m9 and maybe my G4.

  • that_guy

    I wish more phones came with 20MP cameras.

    • Andrew Singleton

      why? are you printing murals?

      • that_guy

        You’re right Andy. Why on earth would I want a better picture? My bad.

        • Andrew Singleton

          Megapixels are a useless statistic and only relate to the resolution of an image. Literally the amount of dots of information in your image. They do not speak to quality whatsoever unless you are blowing them up extremely large, but you could very well be blowing up a crapp quality photo.

        • that_guy

          Well Andy my eyes beg to differ. I’ve seen the pic samples from the latest Galaxy and iPhone 12MP cameras and I can clearly see the lack of photo quality/Detail when compared to a 20MP shot from my old Lumia 1520. So I’m talking from experience and you’re clearly talking out your @#$%.

        • Andrew Singleton

          Lmao at what you just said

  • Eddie Harrington

    Unless the reviews turn out to be bad I will definitely be getting the quartz grey version down the road. Glad to see it has WiFi calling.

  • Mike

    Bummer. No unlocked BOOTLOADER… No buy for sure !

  • Enrique Escobar

    ok, I’m pretty sure this has been asked before but anyway, here it goes.
    Axon 7 or OnePlus 3?

    p.s only reason i have not ordered OP3 is because i’m waiting on the gold version that is supposed to be launching by the end of the month

    • steveb944

      OP3 due to more RAM.
      7 due to speakers and Daydream support.

    • Alex Pilaia

      Axon 7 hands down. Yes, OP3 has 6GB RAM, but todays phones will never utilize that. Axon 7 has way better speakers, AMOLED screen, larger battery, 2 year warranty, and fingerprint on the back… all for the same price!

  • Joshua Lapin

    I’ve been struggling to find if this phone will support wifi calling 2.0 (eg HD voice codec over wifi) and if calls can handover from wifi/lte without dropping?

    • Kaulana1989

      Yes it does it has HD voice over Wi-Fi calling and hand over over LTE Get a 4G LTE cellspot from T-Mobile customer service for free with free shipping and it hooks up to your Wi-Fi router give you 5 bars of LTE coverage 3000 square feet

      • Joshua Lapin

        Thanks. Do you have one? Like how do you know about the handoff functionality?

        • Kaulana1989

          it’s part of the LTE modem they use Wi-Fi 2.0 HD voice over Wi-Fi and voice over LTE handoff it’s part of the Qualcomm modem Snapdragon 820 processor

        • Joshua Lapin

          It’s my understanding that the phone needs to use snapdragon 820’s ims client to truly utilize the wifi/lte advancements of the 820 soc. Has anyone figured out if the axon 7 uses snapdragons ims client that supports vilte, rcs, etc?

  • that_guy

    We’re talking about the camera, genious.

    • MisterSuperGod

      Well, duh!

      • that_guy

        smh

        • MisterSuperGod

          That explains the rattling sound, phew! Thought it was my transmission.

        • that_guy

          You must get that a lot since the obviously rehearsed reply.

        • MisterSuperGod

          If it ends your replys, yes, sure, absolutely.

        • that_guy

          The feeling is very mutual.

  • thepanttherlady

    Just got mine! :)

  • arbocorp

    Willmyphonework.net reports this phone may not have full band support for T-Mobile, can anyone confirm?

    • thepanttherlady

      https://www.zteusa.com/axon-7

      Modes GSM/EDGE:B2/3/5/8
      CDMA BC0/1/10
      UMTS/HSPA: B2/B5/B4/B1/B8
      LTE: B2/B4/B5/B12/B13/B17/B7/B3/B1/B20/B29/B30/B25/B26/B41
      2CA: B2+B4, B2/4+B12, B2/4+B29, B2/4+B5, B41+B41, B25+B25

      ETA: I am using this phone currently and have no issues thus far. When I first got it, it wasn’t connecting so I just reset network settings and all has been well.

      • arbocorp

        how’s the connection to t-mobile? If I’m at the park, my One Plus One quickly looses signal but my Samsung Tablet holds the signal better. Have you tried using it as a speaker phone? No one can hear my on my OPO when on speaker phone, Is there a case that you can take advantage of wireless charging? I’ve heard the camera isn’t up to par to the Samsung S7. I was really hoping for the 128gb variant, are you using adoptable storage? If so, any issues?

        • thepanttherlady

          I work in Costa Mesa, CA and the outer walls of the building are concrete. So far connection has been fine. Like I said in my comment above, when I first tried to set the phone up I couldn’t connect until I did a network reset.

          Speaker phone is loud and clear.

          I haven’t looked into wireless charging (just got the phone on Wednesday).

          Also haven’t really played with the camera yet, will probably do so this weekend.

          I don’t think the 128GB variant is coming to the US but I could be wrong. I have a 200GB sd card in the phone now and so far, no issues.

          Just to add: The gold isn’t nearly as horrible as I thought it was going to be. :)

  • James Dien Bui

    @thepanttherlady:disqus
    Can you confirm if the Axon 7 has Tmobile wifi calling?

    • Kaulana1989

      Wi-Fi calling will be added in the next maintenance update

      • noh1bvisas

        not available yet. 10/2/16

  • Richard Darrington

    I just wish t mobile would carry the phone.

    • Kaulana1989

      It’s $400 Wi-Fi calling will be added in the next maintenance update it has voice over LTE

      • noh1bvisas

        someday. it’s not there, yet (10/2/2016)