ZTE Axon 7 Review

10 August 2016, 08:41:28

ZTE Axon 7 ReviewZTE Mobile Devices is a division of ZTE Corporation, a global telecommunications equipment, networks and mobile devices company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. ZTE is a publicly traded company listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. ZTE is one of the global leaders in the mobile handset manufacturing industry in the world, offering a complete range of mobile devices. It has partnered with over 230 major carriers, including the world's top 50 carriers, and distributors in more than 160 countries and regions around the globe. ZTE is also the only company globally that has been ranked inside the Top-3 by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) for the past 6 years (2010-2015) for patent filings. The company's latest flagship smartphone is the ZTE Axon 7. This is probably one of the most discussed and sought after smartphones in the market at present. It sports high-end design, features and specifications, coupled with a very affordable price tag, which is half the price you would pay for a similar device made by wider known brands. The device promises great performance and battery life as well as excellent multimedia experience in terms of photo and video shooting, video and audio reproduction, so keep in pace with us as we gradually reveal the handset's assets below.
The review unit has been provided by ZTE Mobile Devices

Specifications

ZTE Axon 7 is equipped with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a QHD resolution - 1440 x 2560 pixels, which equals to a pixel density of 538 ppi. The panel has a contrast ratio of 20000:1 and covers 90% of the NTSC color space. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with a 2.5D curved top glass layer. It is housed in a CNC crafted metal unibody. Under the hood is placed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 chipset that includes four custom Kryo CPU cores - two clocked at 2.15GHz and two - at 1.6GHz. Graphics are handled by a 624MHz Adreno 530 GPU. The chipset's work is aided by 4GB of dual-channel, LPDDR4 RAM clocked at 1866MHz. The on-board storage measures 64GB and is of the current fastest UFS 2.0 type. It can be expanded via a microSD card with a capacity of up to 128GB. The smartphone supports 2G, 3G, and 4G Cat. 6 networks, along with VoLTE and HD Voice, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluletooth 4.2, USB Type-C 3.0, 3.5 mm jack, NFC, Miracast (Wi-Fi Display), GPS, Glonass, Beidou. The Axon 7 features a 20-megapixel Samsung S5K2T8 ISOCELL primary camera with optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS+EIS), phase-detection AF and closed loop VCM for better autofocus. The lens is five-element, with an f/1.8 aperture and sapphire glass for protection. There's a dual-LED flash for low-light environments and the camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 30 fps. The front-facing shooter packs an 8-megapixel OmniVision OV8856 sensor coupled with an 88-degree wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. Audiophiles won't be disappointed, too, as ZTE has catered for them too. The smartphone is equipped with two AsahiKasei chipsets - an AKM 4961 HiFi Recording Processor and an AKM 4490 HiFi Audio Amplifier for playing and recording, an RF Chip, dual noise-cancellation mics, dual front-facing speakers, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus (7+1 Surround Sound) sound playback codecs. The device is capable of dimensional and omni directional recording from a distance of up to 8 meters. Axon 7 is powered by a 3250 mAh Li-Pol battery that is non-removable. It is combined with a fast charger with the Quick Charge 3.0 tech and promises 16 hours of talk time, 360 hours of standby time and charging from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes. Here's the full list of ZTE Axon 7 specifications.

What's in the box

ZTE Axon 7 arrives in a square black box with a golden lining (in our case as the device we received is ion gold in color). It has the model and company's logo on the lid, again in gold and some information about the specifications on the back. It is very possible that various markets get a box with a different set of accessories, but in any case ZTE has prepared a generous package for Axon 7 owners and it includes a pair of good in-ear headphones for sure. Inside the box you'll see the device itself, placed in the top level compartment. In the lower level, in special compartments, are placed an envelope with a warranty card and user manual, a transparent silicone case for protecting the back, a USB 2.0 to Type-C converter, a SIM tray pin, a fast charger with an output power of 5V/3A; 9V/2A; or 12V/1.5A, a USB to Type-C cable, and a plastic box with the earphones inside. It is worth paying attention to the SIM tray pin. It is actually "dressed" in a soft, rubbery material and has small rings, so you can attach it to your key chain for example and carry it around with you without getting pricked.

Design, build and controls

Premium is definitely the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Axon 7's design and build. It is made of high-quality aluminum by using a CNC process, which allows utmost precision in creating perfect edges and corners. Actually, ZTE has collaborated with Designworks - a subsidiary of BMW Group, with which it has achieved to create the G3 curve of the back for optimum grip and comfort. The metal unibody finishes in diamond-cut chamfered edges, rimming the display. They are glossy and reflect light in contrast with the matte finish of the body. The edges beautifully blend with the 2.5D glass for seamless touch experience. All ports and holes are carved with precision and provide a perfect fit. All lines and curves are soft, which somehow contradicts in a very nice way with the hard and cold feel of aluminum. The end result is like a piece of art, in which form and function blend harmoniously. There's one thing though that might bother some of you - the device can be slippery due to its ultra-smooth finish. It is very comfortable to hold with one hand, but if your skin tends to by dryer than average, you will feel that the handset can slip very easily. With a height of 151.8 mm and a width of 75 mm, the Axon 7 is more compact than an average smartphone with a 5.5-inch display. A waistline of 8.7 mm might sound a lot, but actually the device looks much thinner. It is not very light, but is not scary-heavy, too, as it weighs 175 grams. The model is available in quartz silver (grey) and ion gold color. We are reviewing an ion gold version. Actually, some promotional materials do not do good to the gold variant as they twist the color. In reality, it looks very soft - in jewellery it would match white gold. ZTE has opted in for a very clean front of the Axon 7. Above and below the screen are the two stereo speakers with the company's signature grille design. Only the top grille has made some room for the front-facing camera. The navigation bar is capacitive - the home button is a circle and the recents and back button are dots. From the Settings you can switch their places. On the left hand side of the device is the hybrid dual-SIM tray and on the opposite side are the volume and power buttons. On the top frame are placed the 3.5 mm jack and a mic, while at the bottom are the USB Type-C port and the second mic. On the back you'll see the antenna bands at the top and bottom as well as the rear camera, dual-LED flash and fingerprint sensor, placed in a centrally positioned column. The camera and fingerprint sensor are rimmed with a glossy metal ring. The shooter looks embossed, while the sensor is debossed. It is even placed in an area that etches slightly into the body for easier discovering of the sensor and more comfortable operation with it.

Display

Without doubt, the display of Axon 7 is one of its greatest assets and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with a 2.5D curved top glass layer. The screen packs a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with a QHD resolution (1440 x 2560) and a pixel density of 538 ppi. QHD resolutions on smartphones might not make a big difference in the way you use your device on a day-to-day basis, but it paves the way of the mass introduction and wider usage of VR headsets. The display panel has a Diamond PenTIle architecture and covers 90% of the NTSC color space, so color deviations are expected. Indeed, if you have a look at the CIE diagram below, you'll see that there's a strong deviation in the green area, followed by the red and blue one, the latter experiencing the slightest deviation. Viewing angles are excellent. AMOLED stands for Active Matrix Organic LED. This technology provides more power efficiency and faster pixel switching response times, while having several specifics. One of them is that the white luminance value at one and the same brightness percentage changes depending on the portion of the display that is lit up. The white luminance value, if the whole display shows white, differs from the white luminance value measured on a small part of the screen that displays white. This happens because AMOLED displays transfer more power to each pixel, when the white portion is smaller. A full white image requires every pixel to be lit, so the supplied power is less. That's why for such displays it is very useful to make measurements at different in size portions of the screen that display white color. For this purpose Average Picture Level (APL) is used. This is the percentage of the display that is lit up compared to a full white display. Below you see the APL graph for the Axon 7, which shows how the white luminance value drops when measured on a 1/10 of the display to a full white image (100% APL). AMOLED is also widely associated with infinite black levels. In Axon 7's case the "infinite" black levels result in a contrast ratio of 20000:1 (as provided by the manufacturer). "Infinite" has been established as a valid term for the black levels of AMOLED displays, because their technology is such that in order to show the black color, it simply switches the corresponding pixels off. Thus, the actual black levels cannot be measured by regular tools and, logically, the contrast ratio cannot be mathematically derived. The temperature of the white point is average for a display of a mobile device and is within the 7800-7900K range. The Display settings allow you to tweak the color saturation and color temperature to your taste. When the latter is set to Warm, the temperature of the white point is 7000K. In Normal mode, it measures 7800K, while in Cold mode, it jumps to 8700K. The display is not super bright with a peak brightness at 100% of 350 nits.
Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 350.421 cd/m2 0.00 cd/m2 - 7788 K
75 % 210.217 cd/m2 0.00 cd/m2 - 7802 K
50 % 146.426 cd/m2 0.00 cd/m2 - 7925 K
25 % 80.089 cd/m2 0.00 cd/m2 - 7854 K
0 % 11.761 cd/m2 0.00 cd/m2 - 7900 K

OS, UI and software

ZTE Axon 7 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZTE's own MiFavor 4.0 on top. The manufacturer promised an update to the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat soon after the new OS is released officially. You get a typical lock screen with shortcuts to the Dialer and Camera app. The Home screen contains the usual docked apps and a Google search one on the upper end. A scroll to the left and another to the right opens two screens with pre-installed apps. The right one also has a shortcut to a Dolby Atmos promo video. Long-pressing on an empty area on the home screen opens the Widgets menu, which in Axon 7's case provides more options than usual. For starters, you can Customize the launcher by choosing a new theme, wallpaper, changing the leading color of the icons, and the effect with which new windows open and close. There's an Organize apps section, via which you can remove, add and change the places of the apps that appear on the home screen and the ones accompanying it. There's the standard Widgets function and the fourth one is a Backup and restore one for backing the layout of the home screen.
Axon 7's UI is very intuitive and you can easily find your way around it with all the basic functions such as bringing up notifications, quick settings, list of running apps. All of them are accessed in the standard way. A single swipe from the top of the display opens the Notifications, a second one brings up the Quick Menu. It actually includes more toggles than usual - for the various power saving modes, NFC, Mi-POP, data synchronization, Dolby. You can also edit the list by removing/adding and changing places of the shortcuts. This edit mode also provides the option to show or not the battery percentage and the number of notifications in the status bar. Tapping the recents button opens the list with running apps, which you can remove one by one or all at once. It displays information about the RAM that is currently in use and how much RAM has been freed after closing one, several or all apps. You can also customize the UI's themes, but the only change a theme brings is in the basic color, not a design overhaul of icons, backgrounds, and so on. There's a good choice of beautiful wallpapers as well.
The Settings area is very rich and well thought out. The most frequently used settings have shortcuts to them in a separate section and then there's the full list of them. The first main section of options is the Wireless & networks one as per standard. It is rather extended and includes the NFC and Android Beam toggles, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection management, SIM cards and Data usage monitoring as well as all other connectivity options of the device - Singal Boost, VPN, VoLTE voicemail, and others. The second section is called Customized features and from here you can choose themes and wallpapers for your handset, set up and manage your fingerprint IDs, and other special features described in detail below. Probably Mi-POP will attract the attention with its name. This is very much like a floating dot in other UIs we have seen, but has different functions. Appears as an arrow inside a circle over the content of the display. When tapped, it serves as a back button, but you change that to home key. When dragged, it can be used as a navigation as you can choose to go to the home screen, open the list of running apps or the Widgets menu. If you press and hold it, it opens up a menu that includes Restart, Power off, Lock screen, Screenshot, Full volume and Mute functions. The third major section is the Device one and has all the standard settings, including the Power management ones, Scheduled power on & off, and Connect to a PC, which is basically the menu of connection types, when you hook the smartphone with the USB cable to your computer/laptop.
There's no need to dig up deep into the Settings in order to adjust and manage main functions such as fingerprint ID setup, display tweaking and so on. However, there are small details that might be omitted and they do bring some interesting options as well. For example, besides fingerprint locking, you can also use Voice unlock. It unlocks the device by a combination of recognizing your voice and a secret audio password. Even if someone else says the same words, the device won't unlock. You can also opt in for using the handset with a glove (Glove mode) - all you need to do is toggle the corresponding option. There's also a Gesture & motion section with toggles for a Pocket mode, Flip to mute, Three fingers pinch to make s screenshot, Double tap to wake, Snooze/stop an alarm, Auto call/answer, Shake to turn on flashlight, and so on. Each of these is explained by a picture and has an option to try it, before activating it. You can switch the places of the back and recents buttons on the navigation bar. By default the back button is the left one. Under Display you get the usual set of options, but also Qualcomm's Assertive Display function. When turned on, it adapts the screen to variable lighting conditions by adjusting the gamma or color curve for each pixel on the screen by taking into account the content and the ambient light. It is under Display where you can adjust the Breathing Light's behaviour (LED notification one) as well as turn on/off Holster mode. If the latter sounds unfamiliar to you, here it is explained simply. This is a sleep mode, invoked by a magnet in the holster of your device and is activated automatically, when you place the smartphone in it. Of course, you have options for making the screen colors more saturated or de-saturated as well as colder or warmer. The Sound & vibration settings include toggles for Dolby Atmos and Headset HiFi, a DND mode and all other standard options you're used to.
The Notification settings hold no surprises. You can choose which apps to show notifications and which not to show them. There's an option for them to appear on the lock screen or not. You may also switch on/off the showing of badges on the Dialer, Messenger, Calendar and Settings apps. The Security settings are rich as usual, but Axon 7 ones include a Smart Lock function, which allows your device to remain unlocked in case it is near trusted devices and places or when it detects your voice or body. There's a Screen pinning function as well. With it you can pin an app, so it stays always on, so someone else can use it without being able to access other apps/content on your phone. The Language settings allow you to choose from three different keyboards, include a spell checker and a personal dictionary. The Accessibility options are standard, the only difference here is that you can switch on the WeShare Auto function - it makes installing apps from an old phone easier, but it "observes your actions" and "retrieves window content" - so you must confirm you agree on this, before switching it on.
There isn't an app tray and actually the whole layout of the apps does not resemble Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but looks more like an Android 5.1 Lollipop one. There are three screens with apps in two rows per screen by default. There are plenty of apps pre-installed, but most of them are grouped in corresponding folders such as the Google apps, System Management and the Tools ones. The first folder, logically, contains the Google services such as Search, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, Play Music, Hangouts, Photos, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Voice Search. The System Management folder includes a User Guide, a ZTE Cares app, Download Manager, and File Manager. The default and most used apps like the Dialer, Contacts and Messenger are standard in appearance, but offer additional functionalities and settings. For example, you can decrease the size of the dial pad to the left or the right of the screen, so it becomes more comfortable for one-handed use. There are also extensive Messenger settings, which include font size adjustment by gestures, adding and editing signature, etc.
The Tools folder contains useful apps such as Compass, Flashlight, Calculator, Noise tester, Ruler, Protractor, Level and Plumb line. Of course you have the standard Clock, Calendar, default Browser and Gallery. The latter allows you to make animated GIFs by selecting several images. WPS is a well-known app for text previewing and editing. It works with .doc, .ppt, .xls, .pdf, .txt, and other file formats. Among the non-standard applications, which arrive pre-installed are the ZTE Cares one and WeShare. The latter is an application created to make transferring data from an old to a new phone easier. It also allows direct phone-to-phone file transfer, backup and restore. An AccuWeather app is on board as well.

Networks, calls and connectivity

ZTE Axon 7 provides you with various connectivity tools. It supports NFC and Android Beam along with USB OTG and various USB connection options. It has Miracast, which is a Wi-Fi Display technology for casting content from the smartphone to another display (suffice it has a compatible adapter). A Signal Boost option is present as well. With it you can improve the call quality and connectivity if needed. The smartphone supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi HotSpot, and Bluletooth 4.2. It also has a USB Type-C 3.0 port with OTG support and a 3.5 mm jack. All function properly. In terms of networks support, Axon 7 has two variants. Our review unit is the ZTE A2017G one made for the European market. It supports 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G UMTS (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), 4G TDD-LTE (2300, 2500, 2600 MHz), and 4G FDD-LTE (700, 800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz). The other version is dubbed ZTE A2017U and supports the same GSM bands, the above mentioned UMTS ones except for (4) - 1700 MHz, an additional TDD-LTE band (39) - 1900 MHz as well as TD-SCDMA (34/39) and CDMA1X/EVDO (BC0). The device works with the three main satellite navigation systems - GPS, Glonass and Beidou. It managed to quickly locate satellites from all three with a fair amount of accuracy.

Performance

Axon 7's hardware is based on the current top chipset for mobile devices in the market - Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996. Its architecture includes four custom Kryo CPU cores - two clocked at 2.15GHz and two - at 1.6GHz, while a 624MHz Adreno 530 GPU is responsible for the graphics. With an AnTuTu score of 130536 our unit is listed among the most powerful smartphones at present. It yields to OnePlus 3 and LeEco Le Max 2, but scores higher than the Xiaomi Mi 5. According to the Geekbench result, Axon 7 comes second after OP3. The PCMark work performance score is in favor of the Axon 7 over OnePlus 3. One thing is sure, you will definitely enjoy smooth gameplay even with games that are highly demanding in terms of graphics. We couldn't help but notice that the smartphone tends to warm up, when it performs tasks involving handling of heavy graphics.
4GB of dual-channel, LPDDR4 RAM clocked at 1866MHz aids the handset's performance and you really don't notice when there are many apps running in the background. The built-in memory is a UFS 2.0 type, which ensures fast reading and writing speeds and the smartphone scores excellently in this. Its memory measures 64GB and can be expanded with up to 128GB. There is also a second version of the device with 128GB on board. The smartphone packs a plethora of sensors, including a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor 3.0. It ensures 360-degree recognition and unlocks in mere 0.25 seconds. You can add up to 5 fingerprint IDs and assign a specific task to each. Setting up an ID is very quick and easy, and unlocking from a switched-off screen is really fast.

Cameras

ZTE Axon 7 has a high-end camera setup in accordance with all other high-end features it packs. Its Camera app is quite advanced and besides all standard settings has a Manual mode, via which you can tweak the exposure, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, align the horizon and so on. In case you don't want to fidget with the camera settings, just set the phone at its Super Auto Mode, which contains Night Shot, Auto HDR, and Automatic Scene Optimization. The software also includes a Beauty Selfie function, an option for refocus, live photo, multi exposure, and long exposure. As long as it concerns making videos, the primary camera of Axon 7 makes 4K and slow motion videos. It is the first device we've seen, which lets you choose the compression format, in which you want to save the video - either H265, or H264.

Primary camera

The primary shooter includes a 20-megapixel Samsung S5K2T8 ISOCELL sensor, which is not very widely used, actually. It is coupled with a five-element lens with an f/1.8 aperture and sapphire glass for protection. The rear camera's performance is aided by both optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS+EIS), dual-LED flash, phase-detection AF and closed loop VCM for better autofocus. The shooter can record 4K videos at 30 fps, HD slow motion videos at 240 fps and 480p slow motion videos at 300 fps.

Secondary camera

The front-facing camera is equipped with an 8-megapixel OmniVision OV8856 sensor and an 88-degree wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. It makes one of the best selfies we've seen on devices we've tested so far. Make sure you click on the images, so you can see them in their original size.

Audio

ZTE has really gone a step further to make sure Axon 7 can rival top flagship devices. The smartphone has an advanced audio setup as per current standards for mobile devices. Its hardware includes two AsahiKasei chipsets - an AKM 4961 HiFi Recording Processor for recording and an AKM 4490 HiFi Audio Amplifier for playing. They are coupled with an RF Chip, two noise-cancelling mics, and dual front-facing stereo speakers. Moreover, there are two sound playback codecs - the Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus (7+1 Surround Sound). The device can make dimensional and omni directional HD voice recording from a distance of up to 8 meters. It also lets you chose the file format for your HD stereo recording - M4A or WAV. While recording, it utilizes four channels - 3 channel (hi-fi), 1 channel (VAD). All audio related apps have a Dolby setting related to them and you can tweak the sound from the Sound & notifications set of options.
For the audio measurements of all devices we use the RightMark Audio Analyzer software and the TASCAM US-2x2 audio interface. The Axon 7 did not disappoint in terms of expectations. It showed one of the best results of all devices we have tested and excels in several important features such as total harmonic distortion (THD) and IMD + Noise. It scores Good in THD + Noise, in which other devices score Average. Frequency response is excellent as well, while the rest of the scores are Very Good, resulting in the same overall result. Our personal subjective opinion is that even an untrained ear can spot the difference in audio quality between the Axon 7 and any other average smartphone. A big plus are the two front-mounted stereo speakers, which sound really, really well and provide a better sound depth and reproduce low frequency sounds much better than average devices.
Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.07, -0.04 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -93.7 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A) 93.6 Very good
THD, % 0.0022 Excellent
THD + Noise, dB (A) -85.7 Good
IMD + Noise, % 0.0065 Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB -82.4 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.015 Very good
General performance   Very good
Frequency response
Noise level
Dynamic range
THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)
Intermodulation distortion
Stereo crosstalk

Comparison: Default / Headset HiFi / DOLBY ATMOS

Axon 7 has several software tweaks, which intend to provide better audio experience. We were curious to see how the smartphone would perform without the additional features and with them switched on. The test has been performed for every single feature, while the others are turned off. The graphs below show the values of some of the main audio features of the device when all software tweaks are turned off (white line), with the Headset HiFi turned on (green line), and with the Dolby Atmos switched on (blue line).
Test Default Headset HiFi DOLBY ATMOS
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.07, -0.04 -0.01, -0.12 +3.12, -2.33
Noise level, dB (A) -93.7 -93.9 -93.9
Dynamic range, dB (A) 93.6 93.8 92.8
THD, % 0.0022 0.0056 0.0059
IMD + Noise, % 0.0065 0.0082 0.026
Stereo crosstalk, dB -82.4 -82.9 -70.6
Frequency response
Noise level
Dynamic range
THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)
Intermodulation distortion
Stereo crosstalk

Battery

ZTE Axon 7 has a 3250 mAh Li-Pol, high-density battery that is non-removable. It has a step-shaped design, so it can fit a slimmer body. In terms of battery life optimization, besides the built-in Doze mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, ZTE has also included a whole Power Management app. It lets you monitor the battery status, check which apps drain it the fastest, and power manage selected apps. You can also choose between two modes - Smart power save, which is switched on by default, and Ultra Power Saving Mode, which is switched off by default. The app can also make an assessment of your overall system and make suggestions for its optimization in regard to saving battery life.
The battery arrives with a 5V/3A; 9V/2A; 12V/1.5A fast charger and the Quick Charge 3.0 technology ensures that you can charge the battery from 0% to 50% for 30 minutes! Our test confirmed this as our unit needed 32 minutes to reach half of its battery's charge. 70% are reached in 1 hour. The full charge needed a total of 1 hour and 17 minutes, which is quite fast. We have also made the PCMark Work battery life test with the display brightness calibrated at 200 nits as per Futuremark's recommendations. The test result of 7 hours and 19 minutes is more than good for a device with a QHD 5.5-inch display, a powerful chipset and rich UI.

Final thoughts

After having spent quite some time with the ZTE Axon 7, we're not surprised that it raises so much interest. This is one of the most feature-packed smartphones in the market at present, while being priced twice as less. It is meticulously designed and built to cater to all tastes and will be a faithful companion for business and leisure. Its UI is very intuitive and rich in options, so you can customize the way you interact with your device and optimize its performance to a fair extent. The smartphone's hardware is also noteworthy, especially with its advanced audio set up. So, if a final verdict has to be made - you can go for the Axon 7 without any fear of disappointment.

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RAM: 4 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.09 in, AMOLED, 720 x 1560 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4030 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Ulefone Armor 6E Review

Ulefone Armor 6E Review

Dimensions: 83 x 166 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 267 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P70
CPU: 4x 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 900 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6.2 in, IPS, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel K12 Review

Oukitel K12 Review

Dimensions: 75.4 x 163.5 x 14.5 mm
Weight: 286 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: PowerVR GE8320, 680 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 10000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel K9 Review

Oukitel K9 Review

Dimensions: 86.3 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 232 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: PowerVR GE8320, 680 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 7.12 in, IPS, 1080 x 2244 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

OnePlus 7 Pro Review

OnePlus 7 Pro Review

Dimensions: 75.9 x 162.6 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 206 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
CPU: 1x 2.84 GHz Kryo 485, 3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 485, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 485
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 640
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 2133 MHz
Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 6.67 in, Fluid AMOLED, 1440 x 3120 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Oxygen 9.5.4 (Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 60 fps

Cubot Max 2 Review

Cubot Max 2 Review

Dimensions: 81.55 x 173.05 x 8.95 mm
Weight: 214 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: PowerVR GE8320, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6.8 in, IPS, 640 x 1352 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 3968 x 2976 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

UMIDIGI S3 Pro Review

UMIDIGI S3 Pro Review

Dimensions: 74.65 x 157 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 216 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P70
CPU: 4x 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1800 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5150 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Review

Dimensions: 75.21 x 159.21 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 186 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
CPU: 2x 2.0 GHz Kryo 460, 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 460, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 612
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V10.2 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

Dimensions: 74.67 x 157.5 x 7.61 mm
Weight: 173 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
CPU: 1x 2.84 GHz Kryo 485, 3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 485, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 485
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 640
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 2133 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.39 in, Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3300 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V10.2 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 60 fps

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Exynos Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Exynos Review

Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 175 g
SoC: Samsung Exynos 9 9820
CPU: 2x 2.73 GHz Exynos M4, 2x 2.31 GHz ARM Cortex-A75, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A55
GPU: ARM Mali-G76 MP12, 720 MHz
RAM: 8 GB, 12 GB
Storage: 128 GB, 512 GB, 1024 GB
Display: 6.4 in, Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 x 3040 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4100 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 60 fps

Samsung Galaxy S10 Exynos Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Exynos Review

Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 157 g
SoC: Samsung Exynos 9 9820
CPU: 2x 2.73 GHz Exynos M4, 2x 2.31 GHz ARM Cortex-A75, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A55
GPU: ARM Mali-G76 MP12, 720 MHz
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB, 512 GB
Display: 6.1 in, Dynamic AMOLED, 1440 x 3040 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3400 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 60 fps

Doogee S90 with Night Vision Camera and Battery pack module review

Doogee S90 with Night Vision Camera and Battery pack module review

Dimensions: 80.7 x 168.5 x 14.1 mm
Weight: 300 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 800 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1800 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 6.18 in, IPS, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5050 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Cubot X19 Review

Cubot X19 Review

Dimensions: 74.67 x 155.06 x 9.55 mm
Weight: 174 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.65 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 770 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.93 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Alldocube X Wi-Fi Тablet Review

Alldocube X Wi-Fi Тablet Review

Dimensions: 243.68 x 173.14 x 6.9 mm
Weight: 496 g
SoC: MediaTek MT8176
CPU: 2x 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A72, 4x 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 6
GPU: PowerVR GX6250, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 10.5 in, Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 8000 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

UMIDIGI F1 Review

UMIDIGI F1 Review

Dimensions: 74.3 x 156.9 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 186 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 800 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1800 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5150 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Review

Dimensions: 75.21 x 159.21 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 186 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus
CPU: 4x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260, 4x 1.84 GHz Kryo 260, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 512
RAM: 3 GB, 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V10.2 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Camera: 8000 x 6000 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 fps

Ulefone Armor 6 Review

Ulefone Armor 6 Review

Dimensions: 83 x 166 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 265 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 800 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1800 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 6.2 in, IPS, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Alldocube M8 Review

Alldocube M8 Review

Dimensions: 215 x 122.9 x 8.48 mm
Weight: 345 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio X27 (MT6797X)
CPU: 2x 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A72, 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 875 MHz
RAM: 3 GB, 800 MHz
Storage: 32 GB
Display: 8 in, IPS, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5500 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 2592 x 1944 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 15 fps

UMIDIGI One Max Review

UMIDIGI One Max Review

Dimensions: 75.6 x 156.8 x 8.35 mm
Weight: 205 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 6.3 in, IPS, 720 x 1520 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4150 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 3968 x 2976 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 15 fps

Doogee Y7 Plus Review

Doogee Y7 Plus Review

Dimensions: 76.1 x 160.4 x 9.4 mm
Weight: 191 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6.18 in, IPS, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5080 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Nokia X7 Review

Nokia X7 Review

Dimensions: 75.76 x 154.8 x 7.97 mm
Weight: 178 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
CPU: 2x 2.2 GHz Kryo 360, 6x 1.7 GHz Kryo 360, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 616, 500 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.18 in, IPS, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3500 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel U23 Review

Oukitel U23 Review

Dimensions: 75.8 x 153.75 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 202 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6.18 in, IPS, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3500 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 4576 x 3432 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps