ZTE Axon 7 Delivers 5.5-inch QHD Display, Snapdragon 820 And Google Daydream For $450

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We must say, Chinese OEMs are really firing on all cylinders when it comes to delivering flagship-quality smartphones at attractive price points. Google was so impressed with Huawei that it let the company take the lead on last year’s Nexus flagship, the Nexus 6P, which launched to rave reviews (read the HotHardware review right here). Now ZTE is taking another shot at delivering flagship-quality hardware at price that undercuts big name competitors by hundreds of dollars.

The ZTE Axon 7 makes a good first impression with its clean unibody chassis that’s the product of the Chinese OEM’s collaboration with BMW DesignWorks. It may look a bit too much like the HTC One M8 to our eyes, but we can’t fault what is overall a very handsome smartphone. The most prominent feature of the Axon 7 is of course it 5.5-inch AMOLED, which is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The display resolution checks in at 2560x1440 and the side edges of the glass display curve down to blend in with the body of the Axon 7.

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But the high-end specs don’t end there; you’ll also find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, a 3140 mAh battery (with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 support), USB-C connectivity, a 20MP camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. If that wasn’t enough, ZTE has also managed to toss in a dual speaker system and it’s the first smartphone to officially support Google’s Daydream VR platform.

Best of all, the ZTE Axon 7 will launch in the United States for an amazing $450 — that’s a lot of bang for the buck in Android world and undercuts similarly-specced hardware from Samsung by $200. But if those specs somehow underwhelm you, ZTE will also make available a premium version with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and ZTE’s own version of 3D Touch found on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Those added specs will push the price to around $650.

The ZTE Axon 7 will launch later this year in the U.S. and will be available from retailers like Best Buy, Newegg, Amazon, and ZTE’s own online store. Each phone will come backed with a two-year warranty and will work on GSM networks including AT&T and T-Mobile.