It is not long since the ZTE Axon 7 started receiving the update to Android 7.0 Nougat in the U.S. and now the company has already jumped in with the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat OTA.
As it stands now, the ZTE Axon 7 now joins the OnePlus 3 and 3T as the only non-Google phones that have been updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Like the OnePlus phones, there’s not much the Nougat v7.1.1 update brings to the Axon 7 other than the expected UI refinements, bug fixes as well as performance enhancements.
The jump from Android Marshmallow to Android Nougat is the one that brought lots of changes to the ZTE Axon 7, but this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to make the jump to the rolling out version. For those on T-Mobile, you’ll have to download this update if you want to make the shift to Wi-Fi Calling.
Rather than come in with the latest Android security patch for the month of March, the ZTE Axon 7 update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat carries last month’s update, which is still not bad, especially since quite a good number of other devices are still stuck on January’s version or even 2016 patch levels. There’s also a small update to the way you communicate with emojis, where more gender sensitive changes have been injected to the updated v7.1.1.
As noted earlier, the ZTE Axon 7 made its debut with Android Marshmallow, which was back in June 2016. The phone is a flagship killer, carrying high-end specs but priced at a very affordable price. It has a 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD resolution screen, a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. You also get the likes of 20MP/8MP camera configurations, fingerprint scanner, 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and a USB-C port, among other high-end specs and features.