Google unveiled the Daydream VR platform this year and even though the View VR headset was also launched, it is yet to start shipping as at the time of this writing.
Prior to the release of the Daydream-ready Google Pixel XL, the search engine giant was testing the platform on the Google Nexus 6P, a 2015 flagship. What this means is that the Nexus 6P is compatible with Daydream VR, but it has not yet been stamped by Google as a Daydream-ready phone.
Just like the Google Nexus 6P has not been confirmed as an official Daydream-ready phone, and so is the ZTE Axon 7 flagship. However, the company is said to be one of the those in agreement with Google to manufacture Daydream-ready phones. Given that the Axon 7 is a 2016 flagship and that Daydream VR has been behind the scenes for quite some time now, it is easy to argue that this handset is also Daydream-ready.
One thing that could probably be standing in the way of the ZTE Axon 7 as far as the phone’s Google Daydream VR status is concerned is the lack of Android 7.1 Nougat. The Axon 7 comes preinstalled with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, just like the Google Nexus 6P. The two phones share a lot in terms of display, with both units coming with an AMOLED screen with QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Both are also protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 technology; however, the Axon 7 is smaller at 5.5 inches as compared to the 5.7 inches you get on the Nexus 6P.
It gets even better when digging deeper under the hood of the ZTE Axon 7. You get a newer Snapdragon 820 SoC alongside a huge RAM of 4GB. As compared to the Google Nexus 6P, which has a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB RAM, the Axon 7 is indeed a powerful handset that should be able to deliver one of the best mobile Daydream VR experiences.
As we wait for Google to list the devices that are Daydream-ready, it is safe to assume that the ZTE Axon 7 is part of this – and so is the Google Nexus 6P. We’ll be here to let you know the details when they are finally availed.