ZTE Axon Mini Premium
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix auto focus, dual LED flash, videos @ 1080p
Average of 11 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the ZTE Axon Mini Premium
Pressure sensitive. ZTE's Axon Mini Premium Edition has a total of three methods for unlocking the screen: Force Touch, fingerprint reader and iris scanner - and that in the upper mid-range! The configuration is impressive and everyday performance is good. However, it has some shortcomings.
At just under £230, the ZTE Axon Mini is for the most part a handset worth considering. The UI needs a lot of work and the phone as a whole could have been refined a little more before hitting the market, but it boasts respectable performance, a nice screen, a surprisingly good camera and a solid feature set for the price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Trusted Reviews
I wouldn’t recommend the Axon Mini over other mid-range options. It’s got a good screen, is a quick device when it works, and has some nice extra features, such as the pressure-sensitive touch screen. But having experienced performance issues and finding myself still confused by the phone's downright strange design, I can’t really say it’s worth going with ZTE over better-known brands. I can’t think of why you would choose the Axon Mini over say the OnePlus X. ZTE’s device is slightly more expensive than the OnePlus, and if my experience is anything to go by, sometimes it won’t even work.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 40%
Source: Phone Arena
If you’ve felt that we’ve been too critical of the smartphone thus far – it is this price point that caused us to be. Well, that and the fact that we really liked the vanilla Android-toting Axon Pro. The Mini packs a lot of tech, impressive on paper but not so much in real life. Force Touch – great, but unresponsive and unnatural-feeling; fingerprint scanner – awesome, but not quick or reliable; iris scanner and voice unlock – clunky and impractical; 13 MP camera sounds great, but performs worse than some cheaper handsets we’ve reviewed. It feels more like a tech fan’s toy than an actual, fleshed out upper-midrange smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 40%
Source: Android Authority
Overall the Axon Mini is an interesting device, ZTE has added quite a bit of extra value with the pressure-sensitive display, the fingerprint reader and the high-end audio. The 3GB of RAM is also good to see, as is 32GB of storage. The main thing I feel that lets down the phone is the processor, it isn’t a deal breaker, but having a better processor would seem more appropriate alongside all those extra features.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 80% display: 95% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
Source: Chinahandys.net DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Computerbild DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Connect - Heft 7/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Curved DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 82% display: 90% mobility: 90%
Source: Android TV DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 100% workmanship: 80%
Source: MobiFlip DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 92%
Model: The ZTE Axon Mini Premium is a mid-range smartphone with premium experience. It is an affordable model and the pared-down version of the ZTE's flagship phone Axon. Although its back is made of plastic, it is made from the "Boeing 787 aircraft-grade aluminium-titanium alloy". This heavy duty material gives the smartphone a premium look with an excellent feel. The Android 5.1 Lollipop device does not go overboard with pre-installed applications. It features a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. It is suitable for multitasking and the storage capacity can be expanded by up to 128 GB with a microSD card. The capacitive touchscreen uses AMOLED technolgy and features Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 442 PPI. It is a great display, which is crisp and gorgeous to look at.
Although its 13 MP camera does not take the most detailed pictures, it delivers superb colors and good clarity even in low-light conditions. This smartphone brings extra value with high-end audio, a fingerprint reader, eye recognition, and a pressure-sensitive display, which, however, is not as comprehensive and sensitive as the Apple's 3D touch. The ZTE Axon Mini Premium is available in Gold, Chromium Silver or Rose Gold, but not in pure black. It has a weight of 140 g and a 2800 mAh battery, which is above average and able to handle a full day's usage with around 4 hours of screen-on time.
Qualcomm Adreno 405: Integrated graphics card for ARM based SoCs. Depending on the used SoC the clock rate is around 500 MHz and features 48 unified shaders.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
616 MSM8939v2: Mid-range ARM-SoC with 8 CPU cores, X5 LTE modem (LTE Cat.4) and a Adreno 405 GPU manufactured in 28nm. The processor cores are based on the 64-bit Cortex-A53 architecture.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
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).
75.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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