This BMW-Designed Smartphone Gives the Galaxy S7 a Run for Its Money

This BMW-Designed Smartphone Gives the Galaxy S7 a Run for Its Money

Published on: 25-07-2016 | by Misty in Smartphones, Android, ZTE

Antonio Villas-Boas writes this review for TechInsider.

As far as smartphones go, ZTE is relatively unknown in the US, but the Chinese company's latest smartphone should help change that.

The new Axon 7 smartphone is ZTE's latest premium flagship smartphone, and it could truly give the Samsung Galaxy S7 a run for its money, even more so than the other big smartphones from LG, HTC, and Motorola.

High-end Specs for Less

The Axon 7 offers high-end specs for at least $100 less than other premium flagships from well-known companies.

Check out the Axon 7 to see how it can compete with the latest and greatest Android smartphones.

To design the Axon 7, ZTE collaborated with BMW's design arm Designworks, which also designed the BMW X series and the two-man bobsled for the USA Olympic Bobsledding team.

This unique collaboration resulted in a sleek all-metal phone that looks and feels great. It comes in the gold color option. It also comes in metallic gray.

Beautiful AMOLED Display

The Axon 7 has a beautiful 5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED display that looks as good as Samsung's Galaxy S7 screen, and is better than the iPhone 6s, LG G5, and HTC 10's display.

On paper, the 20-megapixel camera has all the makings of a great shooter. It has optical image stabilization (OIS) to compensate for shaky hands and an f/1.8 aperture for good low-light performance. But only a camera test will prove if it's worthy.

It runs on the latest and powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, which should make for smooth and fast performance. It also has excellent stereo speakers.

The Axon 7 comes with a minimum 64GB of storage, while many other Android flagships come with a minimum of 32GB. You can also add storage with a microSD card.

It uses USB-C for fast charging and data transfers.

ZTE also claims to have one of the fastest fingerprint sensors around just underneath the camera, a claim we'll have to test when we get a review unit.

The Axon 7 will support Google's Daydream VR platform, which you'll be able to use with the ZTE VR headset.

The Axon 7 will be one of three smartphones that works with VR headsets designed specifically for it. Samsung's $100 Gear VR headset works with the Galaxy S6 and up, as well as the Galaxy Note 5. LG has a $200 VR headset designed to work with phones that use USB-C.

There are no details on pricing and availability yet, but ZTE promises the price will be under $500 and that it'll come out soon in the US.

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