ZTE is one of these aggressive China-based device manufacturers, and is fairly known in the Asian market, although not nearly as much as OnePlus, Xiaomi, or OPPO. But the brand is still fighting for its place in the US market, so this is an interesting move – the outfit bringing a high-end phone in the ZTE Axon to North American shores.
The ZTE Axon has some considerable specs under it. Unlike other Chinese manufacturers, it has chosen to go with an octa-core 2.0Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset rather than the more economical MediaTek chips. That processor is backed up by a whopping 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. Front and center is a 5.5-inch QuadHD (2560×1440) display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also features a dual lens main camera – 13MP and 2MP – for those 3D effects, and an 8MP selfie shooter.
With the Qualcomm chipset also comes its Quick Charging technology for the non-removable 3,000mAh battery. ZTE ditched the microSD for the sleek unibody design. Out of the box, you’ll be getting Android 5.1 Lollipop, although it will be skinned by ZTE’s UI. The ZTE will also feature what ZTE dubs as “Hi-Fi AudioPlayback and Recording.” We will need to see in real world tests what that exactly is.
With specs like that and a price point of USD$449.98 off contract, the ZTE Axon seriously undercuts the current crop of flagship phones which are priced well above USD$500. The device will be available in 3 variants, namely in Ion Gold, Chromium Silver, and Phthalo Blue, and will be up for pre-order sometime very soon at ZTE USA’s website, Amazon, Newegg, and ZTE’s store on eBay.