ZTE announced on Monday that it’s going to begin selling a new limited edition version of the ZTE Axon 7, an unlocked Android smartphone that launched in July. The limited edition model packs extra hardware for a more powerful experience.
The limited edition model looks the same as the earlier ZTE Axon 7 but ups the ante with 128GB of storage and a surprising 6GB of RAM. The original model shipped with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Since you can add your own microSD card slot, this means that anyone carrying a limited edition ZTE Axon 7 has the potential to also stow around 384GB of data. While some companies, such as OnePlus, have decided to refresh flagships with the new Snapdragon 821 processor, ZTE isn’t doing that. The limited edition Axon 7 still sports an older Snapdragon 820 chip and, indeed, still ships with aging Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software instead of Android 7.0 Nougat. On the upside, it features Force Touch, allowing you to push into the display to activate different commands.
Good price but old software
The most compelling part of the phone is probably the price. For $499.98 you get plenty of storage and RAM, the latter of which should make for a buttery-smooth experience. Plus you still get premium features like a Quad HD display, a feature that isn’t available on the aforementioned OnePlus 3T. The new limited edition costs $100 more than the standard ZTE Axon 7, which is asking a lot, but it’s probably the model I’d pick up if I was making a choice between the two. But I’m not.
You should probably hold off on buying either device until ZTE rolls out Android 7.0 Lollipop. It’s tough to recommend buying any smartphone that’s running older software, no matter how impressive the hardware specs might be on paper. Tap the source link below if you’d like to shove me aside and buy the phone anyway.