ZTE Axon 7 Mini debuts with 5.2-inch display and metal unibody design

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ZTE has been going after the unlocked market in the U.S. with its Axon family of smartphones, with the most recent release being the Axon 7 in July. Now the Axon family is growing again.

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini was announced today at IFA 2016. As you might expect, the Axon 7 Mini is a smaller version of the Axon 7, but both phones offer a similar outer shell. They’ve both got the same design, they’ve both got front-facing speakers, and they’ve got both got fingerprint readers below their rear cameras. Things get a bit different when you compare spec lists, though.

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The Axon 7 Mini boasts a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED display, whereas the Axon 7’s got a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOELD screen. Inside the Axon 7 Mini’s all-metal unibody shell is an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, dual SIM slots (slot two can also hold a microSD card), a 2,705mAh battery with Quick Charge support, and a USB Type-C port.

There’s a 16-megapixel camera on the back of the Axon 7 Mini that offers phase detection autofocus and a dual LED (single-tone) flash, and around on the front of the phone there’s an 8-megapixel camera for your selfie needs. The software powering the Axon 7 Mini is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Finally, the Axon 7 Mini’s wireless connectivity includes GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, and LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/38/40/41. ZTE tells me that the Axon 7 Mini will support LTE band 12 and VoLTE on T-Mobile, but not Wi-Fi Calling.

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ZTE plans to launch the Axon 7 Mini in Russia, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, India, and Saudi Arabia at the end of September for €299 ($333 USD). The Axon 7 Mini will be sold in the U.S., too, but ZTE hasn’t yet divulged its U.S. launch and pricing plans for the phone.

The Axon 7 Mini isn’t quite as high-end as its larger Axon 7 sibling, but it’s still got a respectable feature set with premium features like a metal unibody design and dual front-facing speakers. We’ll have to wait and see how ZTE ends up pricing the Axon 7 Mini, but if you’re in the market for an affordable Android phone, this one might be worth keeping an eye on.

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  • StevenM

    Nice phone for the price, assuming they don’t jack up the price once sold in the USA.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Typo I think: “ZTE tells me that the Axon 7 will support LTE band 12 and VoLTE on T-Mobile, but not Wi-Fi Calling.” I think you meant the Axon 7 Mini there. Though to be honest, the Axon 7 so far also doesn’t support WiFi calling (supposedly there’s a hold up in the certification or something).

    • Alex Wagner

      Yep, you’re right! Thanks, Bryan.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        That’s too bad that it won’t support WiFi calling…seems like T-Mobile is really starting to limit that back down to the phones they carry. And after all that work to get the code into Android itself, too….

      • Bklynman

        Alex when are you going to do a review on The Robin by Nexbit,since they have ad on here or am I the only one getting that ad?

        • wright1bby

          I just bought my daughter and wife Nextbit Robin’s for 175 with masterpass promotion on Newegg. They both like them so far…..My daughter is selling her Note 3 with flaky GPS and will almost come out even….with what she thinks is a much better phone….My wife’s Note 4 screen just died…..she liked it better than the Robin…missing IR….camera not as good….and no S pen….

        • Bklynman

          Thanks for the review,still using my Note3,not having found a phone that better than it,not going to pay another $700. for a phone ever again. Was hoping HTC,would bring out bigger screen phone like between 5.5 to 5.7,8,9. But they have not. Might buy Slyto2 from LG.,but my Note 3 works fine.Stick with it for now.

  • emcdonald75

    Dang, I wish Axon 7 mini had at least the Snapdragon 652 processor, which is much more powerful, and WiFi calling. I have to use WiFi calling in several places like Sam’s and University of MS Medical Center.

  • riverhorse

    Interested in the opposite – a Maxi 7″ version.
    Come on Axon, and come on Blu!

    • thepanttherlady

      I’d buy that!

  • IamDefiler

    DOA…

  • M

    Bring the ZTE MAX PRO to tmobile(which Metro Pcs has) and drop this thing

  • fencepost

    I like almost everything about this except the Snapdragon 617 for only $65 less than an 820 in a OnePlus 3.

    • emcdonald75

      I agree. It should have been the Snapdragon 652, if the Snapdragon 820 was not to be used.

  • Expert

    No wifi calling on T-Mobile? No thanks