ZTE Axon Phone is a high-end Android 5.1.1 device with T-Mobile LTE support


ZTE is no stranger to T-Mobile, having released devices like the ZMAX on the magenta network, but it’s rare that we see a high-end ZTE phone on T-Mo. That’s changing with the Axon Phone.

ZTE today officially introduced the Axon Phone, its new high-end Android device for the US market. It’ll launch on July 27 for $449.98 and it’ll be available from ZTE’s own website as well as Amazon, eBay, and Newegg. Here’s what you can expect to get in exchange for your hard-earned $450:

  • 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display
  • 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 lens, second lens for refocusing after taking a photo or applying bokeh
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 32GB of storage (24.35GB available to the user)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/29/30
  • Support for Hi-Fi audio with headphones, mono speaker at bottom of unit
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 with a “relatively light skin”

With LTE bands 2, 4, and 12, ZTE’s Axon Phone should play nicely with T-Mobile. ZTE has also said that the Axon Phone supports Voice over LTE, but the company isn’t able to confirm support for Wi-Fi calling.

ZTE has primarily been known for entry-level and mid-range phones in the past, but it appears to be working to shed that reputation with the Axon Phone, which is a new brand for the company. What do you think of the Axon Phone? Are you interested in picking one up when it launches later this month?

Source: PCMag

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  • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

    The ZTE ZMAX was a really good device so this beast should be a awesome.e one that for the price can be beat..it’s just the update and lock bootloader you might never see a software update never on this. Just like ZTE ZMAX. Stock on Kit Kat for ever.

    • Nick Koecheler

      I’m a ZMax owner. While 5.1 would be great, the ZMax is stable on Kit Kat. IMO, having a phone with older, but reliable software is better than a phone with the latest, and bug ridden software. Coworker had an S5 and dumped it since Lollipop was so buggy. Buddy has a Note 4 and was having the battery drain issue. The ZMax has been solid since day 1 – I’ll keep my outdated phone!

      • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

        I don’t know but my Nexus 6 is is running 5.1.1 and I don’t have any issues. So we can’t generalize things up. I prefer updates so no way I’m going to get a phone stuck like Chuck.

        • Nick Koecheler

          5.1.1 fixed the battery drain, but multiple device had the battery drain issue with 5.0. Also, the ZMax has been rooted / unlocked bootkiader now. It just took longer than the Galaxy phones.

  • rubi76

    Trying to understand… the bottom grille is just a design feature? There is no speaker in there? That’s disgusting.

    • Kinda like the Moto X 2014. Keeps it symmetrical, though.

      • rubi76

        Symmetrical is nice, having 2 speakers for audio while watching videos is nicer.

    • Prod1702

      stats above state. “mono speaker at bottom of unit.” So My guess is the top grill is only for calls and the bottom is where the mic and speaker is at for calls/audio.

    • JLV90

      aesthetics of symmetry, aka it looks better.

  • Francisco llanos

    I’ll get it if tmo announces that they will carry it on the 27th before the 16th

    • I’d keep that time travel secret to yourself bro

      Edit: I’m a moron.

      • Francisco llanos

        What do you mean?

        • haha 20 minutes later I got what you were trying to say.

        • Francisco llanos

          Yea lol. I was like “what time travel secret is this guy talking about?” Lol

    • steveb944

      Doubtful. Have they had other ZTE devices?

      • Francisco llanos

        Yes the zte max

      • JLV90

        ZTE ZMax and a few other garbage ones on MetroPCS

        ZTE phones in my opinion are pretty good close to stock, they have some weird charging issues though. Phones get extremely hot and charge really slow if you decide to use the phone while it’s charging.

      • Stefan Naumowicz


  • dtam

    I wish there were more 5.0-5.2 inch premium phones from these companies (ZTE/Alcatel/etc). I’m not sure I want something that big day to day… Here’s hoping the new Nexus 5 will be good…

  • Paul

    “32GB of storage (24.35GB available to the user)”

    I HATE when they do this. It’s not 32 if I’m not able to use anything even remotely close.

    • Locust Gee

      I hate when you mistype ‘not’ as “note”. – ZTE Axon Team

      • Paul

        I fixed the one error just for you.

    • dcmtnbkr

      So when you buy a new 500gb hard drive, you put it your desktop, install the operating system and you still have 500gb left? Is western digital lying to you by not telling you that your operating system will take space?

      • Paul

        This is true, but WD isn’t selling a drive with the OS pre-installed. Phone makers are selling the drive space with an OS installed.

        If they were honest about the available space there wouldn’t be an issue. The problem is they are saying 32 Gig but it’s not even close. Just say there’s 25ish Gigs.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          All storage devices (hard drives, SD cards, flash drives) have less storage space than what they advertise due to formatting. Are all those companies lieing to you as well?

          “The problem is they are saying 32 Gig but it’s not even close. Just say there’s 25ish Gigs.”

          That’s exactly what they said – there’s 32gb of storage, of which 24.35 is available to the user. What else do you want them to tell you?

        • impasse

          wow you guys need to get off his nuts, when i buy a computer it doesn’t tell me how much is actually used up by the recovery partition or windows installs, so i guess in that sense it’s good to know. but it’s funny when android takes up as much space (~10gb) as windows.

        • Paul

          My Note 3 advertised 16 Gigs of space. It had 16 Gigs available with the OS installed. That’s what bothers me about saying one size but in actuality is far smaller.

          I want then to put the real available space, not the supposed size.

        • Then we might as well make automakers list horsepower at the wheel instead of at the crank.

          Cameras should list resolved MP after lens effects instead of image sensor theoretical numbers. So the lens on your phone will probably resolve only 2 MP.

          While we’re at it, let’s force retailers to list prices after all taxes and fees.

          Maybe all those Octacore SoC should be relabeled as quad core since the max cores running at a time is only 4. Since they don’t even run at the max speed advertised, we should make them list average speed then?

          Do you see the folly of your ways? Phone makers cannot guarantee a specific storage capacity available to the user because as soon as you install one update, that amount changes. Same as Walmart cannot guarantee the same price across the country because sales tax varies.

        • nahaluk

          “While we’re at it, let’s force retailers to list prices after all taxes and fees.”
          Why not? The rest of the world does it, just not here…

        • Because we have varying tax rates from county to county. EU has one fixed VAT.

        • dtam

          better example, when you buy a computer and they advertise 1 TB, but when you get it, there’s only 900 GB available to the user.

          if you can get support for it, you could wipe out the entire android OS and put some other software on it in which case you’ll have your entire 32 GB

    • Android_God

      I would suggest writing a strongly worded letter!

  • Looks good.

  • J Cav the Great

    Very impressed..if only T-Mobile would offer it.

    • FILA

      haha what difference does it make, so you can pay $50 over the asking price of the phone and put it on a loan payment month to month.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        WiFi calling though

        • Durandal_1707

          It’ll be interesting to see if non-branded devices end up getting the Wi-Fi Calling feature. It’s possible, since the Nexus 6 now has it as of the Android 5.1.1 update, and it’s stock.

        • J Cav the Great

          Exactly, that’s why I didn’t respond.

  • Walt

    ZXE Axon vs OnePlus Two = The same price

    Which will be better?

    • Verizonthunder

      ZTE axon, one reason so far voLte.

    • NardVa

      Have to go ZTE since there is no invite system.

      • Chris

        They haven’t announced any invite system for OP2. And they’ve already made OP1 available with no invites.

        I assume they’ve sorted out their stuff with their manufacturers and will most likely not have an invite system.

        • NardVa

          From what I read they will still use the invite system, but the invite system will be new and improved.

        • Nick


        • JLV90

          They said the OP2 will have invites when they announced the OP1 would have no longer have invites.

    • gmo8492

      So far the OP2 has better features than the Axon phone which would be a bigger battery, fingerprint sensor, replacement back covers, and a USB type C port. Both support all of T-Mobiles LTE bands, some bad parts of the OP2 is needing an invite to buy it and the lack of good customer support.

      • nahaluk

        The OP2 will 5.7inch which is too big for me. I wish they could stay within the 5/5.5 range.

        • gmo8492

          I’ve been following OP2 news and the screen size has not been confirmed yet, anything you hear about that is pure speculation. However, OnePlus did post a picture of a OnePlus One on top of the OP2 and it seems it’s actually smaller.

  • NardVa

    I wonder if the phone supports 3G/4G on the AWS band.

    • steveb944

      USM/HSPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
      GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

    • Durandal_1707

      T-Mobile is phasing out HSPA on AWS and replacing it with LTE anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

  • Alex

    The other issue with ZTE is lack of support from developers when it comes to rooting and installing other ROMs of their liking. The ZTE max was umrootable and had a locked bootloader which was hard to break. Like a phone within its own prison. The phone is nice…..but will give buyers the opportunity to do what they want with their paid devices? I doubt it.

    • marcvyrus

      Zmax has been rooted for over 2 months now. Check out the Android Forums, A LOT of roms available.

  • steveb944

    It looks good. And it seems to be worthy competition to the Oneplus 2. Actual stock and not an invite system, and customer Serbia/support. (Disclaimer: I like my OPO).

    From Pandroid-

    ZTE says they’re committed to keeping the Axon running the latest versions of Android

    ZTE is throwing in a TPU case as a free gift for pre-orders.

    ZTE is also introducing something they’re calling the Axon Passport 1.0 program which provides the phone with a 2-year warranty and free shipping for 1 year on repairs. If that’s still not enough, it’s even got a 30-days buyer’s remorse policy, so if you don’t like, simply return it for a refund.

  • superg05

    must have gotten those 810 on discount

    #Heat Issues

    • zen2k

      Act, ZTE uses the revised 818 SoC in the axon phone. It no longer overheats.

  • SirStephenH

    Nice phone, might even consider it if it weren’t for the lack of STEREO speakers.

  • Mike

    For the price u can’t go wrong with this. I would definitely choose this phone over a OP2 for better customer support and warranty policies.

    • nycplayboy78

      BINGO :)

  • Stone Cold


  • Android_God

    Only 25 gigs are available to the user?!?! SERIOUSLY?!?!;!?!?!;;!??!;!???

    • JC

      Do you really need 25GB of storage? You need to get into the new age and use cloud services.

      • thepanttherlady

        People who tell others what they “need” always amuse me.

        Not everyone wants to use the cloud.

        • JC

          is a lot easier to use google cloud than to have an sd card. Because an sd card can get damaged or lost and sorry to say but you will loose everything you had in there. Versus with google backup, all you have to do is remember your gmail username and password and everything follows you regardless of the phone you use.

        • thepanttherlady

          I don’t find it any easier to use Google Cloud than an sd card. It takes the same effort.

          With an sd card:

          1. I don’t have to worry about not being able to access a cloud service if I don’t have service.

          2. I don’t have to worry about my information being shared/hacked.

          3. My information follows me with every phone as well. Does that limit the phones I can get/use? Yes, but my preference in screen size does that as well.

          4. While I won’t disagree that some have had issues with their sd cards getting damaged, I have never had that issue.

          The point of my post is people should stop telling others what they need in a phone. It’s all a matter of personal preference. You don’t prefer to use an sd card, I do. Simple as that.

        • Andrew Sands

          You are clueless

        • Iamnumber6

          You forget 5. Google does not have access to my files and information with an sd card. Important to those with privacy concerns.

        • Logan S

          Your opinion applies to your situation, not everyone else’s. Not everyone likes dogs, or cats or fish or…

  • Very ugly

  • YABD

    Another buggy phone with a bunch of problem.

    • g2a5b0e

      Says the guy who’s never used it.

      • YABD

        You are right. I agree with you.

  • Cruise Guy

    I think it looks very nice, and it looks like they are getting more upscale. If the price point would come down another $100 it would be a winner. Looks like a good improvement to their products.

    • g2a5b0e

      ZTE has had high-end phones from the onset. T-Mobile has just never carried them.

    • NinoBr0wn

      That’s cheap for phone with those specs.

  • zen2k

    Sorry, my mistake. I’ve meant the revised 810.

  • Cole C

    Would have loved on screen buttons.

  • Gordon

    I was thinking of going with this phone until I saw there is no external memory card slot and the One Plus 2 is the same way. And rumor is the Note 5 will not have one either

  • zen2k

    Chinese version comes with 128gb internal storage expandable to 256gb.


  • No SD card no thanks

  • JC

    You dont need an SD card anymore. The phone comes with 32GB of storage. Just like the Galaxy 6 and Edge. If you are able to fill 32GB of storage, you spend way too much time on your phone.

    • Logan S

      Your opinion applies to your situation, not everyone else’s.

      • cb88

        If you save your data on your phone and it dies…. good luck getting it back.