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ZTE Axon 7 launches July 27 for $400 in US, pre-orders open now

by Jacob Kleinman | July 13, 2016July 13, 2016 5:00 am PST

ZTE blew us away with the Axon 7 back in May, revealing a polished metal smartphone with flagship-level hardware for a budget-friendly price. Now, the Chinese company is finally ready to bring the device the U.S. with pre-orders kicking off today.

The Axon 7 costs $399.98, and it’s set to ship on July 27. You can reserve yours now from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg or straight from ZTE. It’s an impressive smartphone, though it faces some tough competition from similar devices like the OnePlus 3 and the Moto G4.

“The Axon 7 is exactly what the U.S. market told us they want, value and need – a shakeup among overpriced flagship smartphones,” said Lixin Cheng, ZTE’s U.S. chief.

The Axon 7 features a sleek unibody design in gold or silver. It packs a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 20-megapixel rear camera with dual image stabilization, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, stereo speakers, a quick-charging 3250mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. It runs a modified version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but it’s set to support Google’s upcoming Daydream VR platform when it launches this fall.

Speaking of which, ZTE is also offering a special virtual reality headset to match Google’s specifications, but it doesn’t come included with the Axon 7. You’ll have to pick it up later this year once Daydream is released.


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...