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ZTE Axon 7

Specifications

ZTE Axon 7
ZTE Axon 7 (Axon Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 2560x1440 pixel 534 PPI, AMOLED, WQHD, Gorilla Glass 4, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 51 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900 MHz), UMTS (850/​900/​1700/​1900/​2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 6 (700, 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz), downloads/uploads up to 300/50 Mb/s, SAR 0.348 W/Kg, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 151.7 x 75 ( = 0.31 x 5.97 x 2.95 in)
Battery
3250 mAh Lithium-Ion, Quick Charge 3.0, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 29 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 21 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 530 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 400 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 20 MPix f/1.8, dual-LED flash, PD auto-focus, OIS/EIS image stabilizer, HDR, videos max. 4K/30 FPS
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f2/2, fix-focus, videos max. 1080p/30 FPS
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (Dolby Atmos), Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power supply, USB Type-C cable, headset, sleeve, SIM/micro-SD slot tool, micro-USB adapter, quick start guide, warranty card, MiFavor 4.0, 36 Months Warranty, USB Type-C, fanless
Weight
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)
Price
449 Euro

 

Average Score: 86.15% - good
Average of 33 scores (from 53 reviews)
price: 87%, performance: 87%, features: 83%, display: 89% mobility: 84%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 77%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the ZTE Axon 7

87% ZTE Axon 7 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Heir to the throne? With the Axon 7, ZTE is about to reach for the smartphone crown. Besides top performance and superb equipment, the 5.5-inch, high-end Android impresses with its Dolby Atmos sound system, which can fill a room with sound.
ZTE Axon 7 Nougat update — Review
Source: Ausdroid English
ZTE have done a half decent job with the Nougat software. Very few manufacturers leave the Google software alone these days and ZTE’s take on Nougat isn’t as bad as many others’. While it’s not perfect it is certainly not a poor experience, once a decent keyboard and launcher was installed.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2017
100% ZTE Axon 7 Review
Source: Toptenreviews English
So look for headphones with flat impedance curves (good luck finding that in specifications though!) and fairly high sensitivity, and all should be fine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% Review: ZTE Axon 7
Source: PC Authority English
So look for headphones with flat impedance curves (good luck finding that in specifications though!) and fairly high sensitivity, and all should be fine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
ZTE Axon 7 quick review – a high-end smartphone at a reasonable price
Source: Laptop Media English
Top specs go hand in hand with top price and this is quite normal. But what if a company that is not at the top of the pyramid of the smartphone market offers a device which is not inferior to other high-end smartphones? ZTE have tried doing exactly this and have succeeded to a large extent. Their Axon 7 looks amazing and provides high-end features.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/29/2017
90% Review: ZTE Axon 7 smart phone
Source: Gadgetguy English
The ZTE Axon 7 is a very good smart phone with a very good screen and very good performance at a price of around two thirds of that you’d pay for one of the big names in phones. That’s pretty impressive.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 100% performance: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% ZTE Axon 7 Review: Affordable Flagship Greatness
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Axon 7 does stumble a bit when it comes to low-light shots, and its loud speakers don't always offer the best bass. The OnePlus 3 and Alcatel Idol 4s are both worthy alternatives — the former for its whopping 6GB of RAM, the latter for its bundled-in VR headset — and both offer better battery life. The OnePlus 3 is still our favorite sub-$400 phone out there, but the Axon 7 is an extremely close second.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% ZTE Axon 7 Review
Source: Make Use Of English
To be completely honest, this is an amazing phone. I struggled to find anything wrong with it. Everything about it is the top of its class, and it’s cheaper than most other phones. I kept looking for the catch, but there doesn’t seem to be one.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
ZTE Axon 7 Review: The Best Value And Sounding Smartphone In The World
Source: Forbes English
But other than superficial aspects, I have no real complaints with this phone. Regular readers know I place a lot of emphasis on value in my reviews (I'm not going to judge a $400 phone the same way I do a $850 phone, and I think phones that cost north of $700 should be scrutinized. That's why I thought the HTC 10 was a pile of "meh"), so whatever minor nitpick I have, such as a less-than-stellar low light camera performance or silly gesture shortcuts or no backlight for capacitive buttons that are too close together, I just tell myself "dude this phone is $400," and I don't think it's bad at all.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/16/2017
84% Axon 7 — Australian Review
Source: Ausdroid English
In the end, if you think you want a ZTE Axon 7 you are most likely the kind of person who will be able to get it working just right. From my time with the Axon 7 I’m desperate to get my hands back on one when the Android 7 update comes out and have little reservations in recommending it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 90% mobility: 80%
80% ZTE Axon 7 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Yes. At $400, the Axon 7 is a no brainer. It packs a speedy processor, the best audio we’ve heard on a smartphone this year, a great display and camera, and software that’s unobtrusive. It may not sport dual cameras, bleeding-edge silicon, or an ungodly amount of memory, but to call the Axon 7 a slouch is to do it a disservice. Short of smartphones hundreds of dollars more, it’s one of the best on the market.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
ZTE Axon 7 review
Source: GSM Arena English
The ZTE Axon 7 is the company's knight in shining armor that's meant to take US shores by storm. We've got good news for you ZTE: you're on the right track with the Axon 7. However, success isn't guaranteed, and that's a bummer considering how great of a product you've put together.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/26/2016
82% ZTE Axon 7 review: Outstanding with a few faults
Source: Android Guys English
The all-metal build that carries over to the front-facing speakers has caught more than a few eyes when using in public, and the screen of this phone is a thing of sheer beauty. I can confidently say these are the second best speakers I’ve ever heard on a smartphone and I’ll definitely miss having those. Playing Fallout Shelter and Monument Valley provided the best gaming I’ve experienced on a phone, and to the average user, every day usage is going to feel very fluid.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
100% ZTE Axon 7 mini in-depth review - Giant by game
Source: Mobile Choice English
The Axon mini is a great little phone. For £229.99 you get one of the best phones in the market, at that price range. The display can rival that of the best flagships, the audio smarts are proven to be outstanding and the camera comes with all the tricks you will need to wow your friends on social media.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 100% features: 95% mobility: 100% workmanship: 95%
Can’t quite kill the flagship killer
Source: Mobile Syrup English
The ZTE Axon 7 is, all things considered, a fantastic device at a terrific price point. On paper, in many ways, it outstrips the OP3. But when it comes down to the essentials — processing, camera and design, in particular — it feels as if the line has yet to fully find its feet, while the OP3, now on its third attempt to kill flagships seems a more confident and stable offering.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2016
ZTE Axon 7 review: Incredible hardware, dicey software
Source: Android Central English
The Axon 7 also sports a USB Type-C port, which is becoming increasingly common among Android phones in 2016. And while the company ships a Quick Charge 3.0 charger and Type-C cable in the box, it generously provides a micro-USB adapter for those who want to keep using those older, far more ubiquitous cables. It's one of many nice touches in a box that includes a very decent pair of headphones and the aforementioned clear TPU case.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2016
80% Affordable Flagship Greatness
Source: Tom's Guide English
I'm still not convinced that the ZTE Axon 7's $399 price tag isn't a typo. This smartphone performs like something that costs hundreds of dollars more, with a fast processor, a rich display and a stunning design that oozes care and quality. The phone's MiFavor interface adds some nice software touches without getting in the way, while its 20-megapixel camera takes gorgeous outdoor photos complete with plenty of tools for photography nuts.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
89% An affordable flagship that is nearly free of compromise
Source: Android Authority English
The Axon 7 leads the way in terms of affordable flagships and aside from one drawback, delivers in every department. ZTE scores another first with an excellent smartphone that’s compatible with all major US networks. With the Axon 7, ZTE raises the bar substantially for premium, affordable flagships by delivering an excellent smartphone with very few compromises, even next to the very best.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 92% workmanship: 92%

Foreign Reviews

82% Eine echte Alternative zu Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 und Huawei P10
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 82%
87% ZTE Axon 7
Source: Chinahandys.net German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
76% Oberklasse-Smartphone zum Mittelklasse-Preis
Source: Verivox German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 76% features: 85% ergonomy: 76%
ZTE Axon 7
Source: Android Pit - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2017
ZTE Axon 7 (64 GB)
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 1/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2016
81% ZTE Axon 7 (64 GB)
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 81%
91% Ab in neue Atmosphären
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 88% performance: 95% features: 95% display: 92% mobility: 78%
ZTE Axon 7 (64 GB)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 16/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2016
100% ZTE Axon 7 (64 GB)
Source: Connect - Heft 9/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
Der Durchbruch der Chinesen?
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/31/2016
90% ZTE Axon 7: Análisis y experiencia de uso
Source: El Androide Libre Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
83% ZTE Axon 7, análisis: ¿ha hecho ZTE el mejor teléfono en calidad/precio del año?
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% display: 85% mobility: 75% workmanship: 90%
85% ZTE Axon 7, análisis: un serio aspirante a top del mercado
Source: Andro 4 All Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 85%
88% ZTE Axon 7, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 90% features: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Unboxing: ZTE Axon 7
Source: Kelisto.es Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price; decent hardware; nice performance; compact size; lightweight; attractive design; large screen; long battery life; quick charge.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/18/2017
ZTE da un (gran) paso adelante con el móvil Axon 7
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price; decent cameras; good speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/13/2016
ZTE está trabajando en una versión oficial de CyanogenMod para el Axon 7
Source: Geektopia Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good hardware; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/19/2016
70% Recensione ZTE Axon 7
Source: Toms Hardware Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
85% ZTE Axon 7, la recensione (foto e video)
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 85% display: 85% mobility: 75% ergonomy: 80%
88% ZTE Axon 7 recensione video
Source: Batista70Phone Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 70% display: 100% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 70%
84% Recensione ZTE Axon 7
Source: Megapk Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 84% features: 90% display: 85% mobility: 80%
87% ZTE Axon 7: la Recensione
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 87%
83% ZTE axon 7 La recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 82% mobility: 75% workmanship: 84%
ZTE Axon 7, la recensione
Source: Panorama Italian IT→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; excellent speakers. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2016
Hands-on ZTE Axon 7: ultieme specs voor Chinese prijs
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Good hardware; large screen with elegant display; quality sound.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2016
84% Test Zte Axon 7, Nos Premières Impressions : Caractéristiques, Date De Sortie Et Prix
Source: Hitek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/09/2017
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 90% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Test Du Zte Axon 7, Le Challenger À Moins De 500 Euros
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 70%
Test du ZTE Axon 7 : un smartphone généreux
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Good price; high performance; excellent screen; decent speakers. Negative: Imperfect softwares.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2016
Test Zte Axon 7 : Du Haut De Gamme, Le Prix En Moins
Source: Phonandroid French FR→EN
Positive: Nice design; metal case; super fast fingerprint sensor; good battery life; good price. Negative: Slippery.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/30/2016
ZTE Axon 7 w Polsce. To świetny sprzęt, ale spodziewałem się niższej ceny
Source: Komorkomania Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Metal case; excellent display. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/19/2016
Обзор смартфона ZTE Axon 7: мультимедиа-комбайн
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Large screen; nice display; long battery life; decent hardware; good speakers; low price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/22/2016
Ревю на ZTE Axon 7 – висококласен смартфон на разумна цена
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; metal case; slim size; excellent display; decent speakers; high performance; good cameras. Negative: No backlit panel.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/13/2017
Представяне на ZTE Axon 7 – 5.5” QHD екран, 20MP камера, Snapdragon 820 и 4GB RAM
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Decent display; good cameras; nice performance; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/29/2016
85% Test ZTE Axon 7
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
90% ZTE Axon 7: Wow, vilken lysande premium-premiär
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
82% Test: ZTE Axon 7
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% features: 80%

Comment

Model: At first glance, it is hard to pull off the Axon 7 as a budget phone. It is a solid-looking and well-built phone, which ZTE claimed was designed in collaboration with Designworks, a subsidiary of the BMW group. It is equipped with a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. With its dual LTE capacity, the Axon 7 automatically suggests the best SIM based on the user’s calling patterns. The device runs on Android 6.01 Marshmallow and its performance is powered by Snapdragon 820 2.15 GHz processor.

The internal storage of the ZTE Axon 7 has the capacity of 64 GB with 4 GB RAM or 128 GB with 6 GB RAM and it comes with a MicroSD expansion slot. which supports up to 256 GB. With a 20 MP rear camera with an aperture of 1.8 combined and a 8 MP front camera with aperture of 2.2, its capacity of delivering crystal-clear photos with multiple functions and modes is unquestionable. Ample connectivity is supported by WiFi, A-GPS and Bluetooth. A fingerprint sensor allows users to customize gestures for unlocking purposes and ID recognition. One key highlight of the Axon 7 is, the high audio quality thanks to HiFi audio. All things considered, its affordability makes the Axon 7 a highly desirable phone.

 

The difference to the ZTE Axon 7 Mini for example is a 0.3 inch bigger display with 2560x1440p instead 1920x1080p resolution, somewhat better camera, cpu, gpu and double memory.

Qualcomm Adreno 530: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that is clocked at up to 624 MHz. Early 2016 it is a high end graphics card for Android based smartphones and tablets that should be able to coop with very demanding games. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
820 MSM8996: High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores (two fast 2.15 GHz cores in a cluster and two power saving 1.6 GHz cores) and an Adreno 530 GPU. Manufactured in a 14 nm HPM process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.5":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.175 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


ZTE:

ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985. The product range includes, for example, USB sticks, routers, smartphones and tablets.

The ratings of the relatively many reviews have a wide range from below-average to very good (as of 2016).


86.15%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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