ZTE Announces the Axon 7 Enhanced with Force Touch, 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage
Competing very strongly in the affordable flagship category are the OnePlus 3 and the ZTE Axon 7. But the matchup here seems to be changing, with OnePlus discontinuing sales of the OnePlus 3 and producing the OnePlus 3T instead. ZTE has decided that they too should shake things up a little. And so we meet the new ZTE Axon 7 Enhanced.
As the name would imply, the Axon 7 Enhanced is everything that the Axon 7 was, and then some. This new Axon 7 flagship inherits the metallic unibody construction along with the iconic front speaker setup. The display specs remain the same with the screen being 5.5″ AMOLED QHD display, but you now get added functionality in the form of Force Touch opening up its own use cases.
On the inside, the Axon 7 Enhanced continues on using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, and since the 820 continues to be a very solid performer, there is not a whole lot to complain about here. For RAM and storage, the Axon 7 Enhanced bumps up the spec to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage from the previous 4GB + 64GB combo. You can still make use of the SIM2 slot for microSD expansion to add another 128GB of storage. The rest of the device is the same as the Axon 7, including the 20MP rear camera, the premium HiFi Audio experience, the USB 3.0 Type-C 1.0 connector and the non-removable 3,250 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Unfortunately, the phone still ships with just Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and with ZTE’s skin on top.
While the ZTE Axon 7 retails for $399.98, the Axon 7 Enhanced will retail for $499.98. No word has been given for availability, but we can expect it to go on sale soon. Further, we haven’t learned whether the original Axon 7 and Axon 7 mini are being discontinued — we hope not!
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