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ZTE Axon revealed with flagship specs for under $450

by Jacob Kleinman | July 14, 2015July 14, 2015 2:00 pm PST

ZTE announced its mysterious Axon smartphone on Tuesday after teasing the device for several weeks online. As expected, this is a powerhouse handset with flagship specs, though the biggest surprise may be its competitive price at just $449.98 off-contract.

This phone is a real beast, so lets dive right into the hardware first. ZTE’s new phablet comes equipped with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a 3000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 810 processor with Quick Charge 2.0, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of non-expandable storage. It features a dual lens setup in back with a 13-megapixel camera and a second 2-megapixel shooter just below that lets you refocus your photo after it’s taken and supposedly speeds up autofocus as well. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera up front.

The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop along with some of ZTE’s own software. That includes a modified lock screen with quick access to all the apps you used last. There’s also a pedometer app called Argus and another, Rock My Run, which plays music to match the speed of your workout.

As for its design, the Axon is mostly metal with an interesting cut-out pattern around the camera and along the top and bottom bezels. It comes in blue, gold or silver.

You can pre-order ZTE’s new phone now from the company’s website or from Amazon, Newegg or eBay, though it won’t ship until July 27.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...