It’s quite awkward when we term a 5.2-inch ZTE Axon 7 as a “Mini” device, but considering the standards set by the flagship Axon 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Pixel XL, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, among others, you might want to get used to this for the foreseeable future.
The phablet trend has taken over the smartphone industry. Not only do all flagship devices come with phablet-sized screens, but mid-rangers are also taking this direction with amazingly huge display panels. It is hard to come across a device with compact size and admirable hardware specs, but the ZTE Axon 7 Mini is here to try and solve this problem, albeit offering an adorable price tag as well.
You can get a ZTE Axon 7 Mini for $300, which is $100 less than what you pay for the full-size Axon 7. As for now, the phone is just available via pre-orders, but the shipping should start towards the end of next week.
One of the major standout features of the ZTE Axon 7 is its Dolby Atmos-supported stereo speakers. Well, you still get this feature with the Mini version, alongside dual-SIM compatibility, and a decent selfie camera of 8MP, something that not so many devices in this category can boast. You also get a 1080p resolution on the 5.2-inch screen, which is still great considering that Apple’s iPhone 7 has a 750p resolution yet is priced at $649.
Being a mid-range handset, the ZTE Axon 7 Mini packs a similarly mid-range Snapdragon 617 processor that is paired with a decent RAM of 3GB. There is a not-so-bad 16MP snapper on the back of the phone, which should deliver amazing photography even in the dark thanks to the LED flash. The Axon 7 Mini has 32GB of storage.
If you are in the market for a sub-$300 phone that has the best choice for build materials and sound quality, the ZTE Axon 7 Mini is a go-to handset. However, if price is really your thing, you might want to look at options like the Moto G4 Plus and even the slightly older LG Nexus 5X.