Some people feel that the only thing holding back the Axon 7 is the stock software that ZTE chose to go with this year. We talk a lot about how great the OnePlus 3, and yet the Axon 7 has been able to keep up with the OnePlus 3 along the way. These two smartphones really do prove that an excellent build quality, swift software updates, and high-end specs does not need to make a smartphone cost $600 or more.
ZTE is looking to keep the momentum going with the Axon 7 by introducing a smaller variant of the device. The Axon 7 Mini was officially announced at the start of September, but it is now available for pre-order. Some feel that ZTE didn’t downsize some components enough, while downsized others a little too much. For example, the ZTE Axon 7 Mini has a 5.2″ 1080p display while some were hoping that it would be closer to 5″. They also used the Snapdragon 617 SoC under the hood instead of continuing to use a high-end chip.
The ZTE Axon 7 Mini still offers a lot of what was truly loved in its original version though. The Hi-Fi front-facing speakers are still in place, there is a microSD card slot, and it supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 spec. The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is available for pre-order on their own website, as well as Amazon for just under $300.