Although there are many new smartphones coming to the smartphone market this year, some smartphones released last year are still popular with users due to their solid features, decent specs list, and great price. One of them is the ZTE AXON 7 Mini, a popular mid-range smartphone. Today, let’s take a look at this handset.

Package Content

The ZTE AXON 7 comes in a succinct and compact white carton box. Along with the AXON 7 Mini phone, there are:

  • Power Adapter: 1
  • SIM Needle: 1
  • USB Cable: 1
  • English Manual : 1
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Design

The ZTE AXON 7 Mini is essentially a smaller, slightly less powerful version of the Axon 7. It looks identically to Axon 7 in both design and layout but smaller. As shown in the following pictures, it’s built in an aluminium body with softly curved design. It also features the same speaker grills layout as Axon 7 that are placed above and below the display. Other similarities include the layout of camera lens, fingerprint sensor, ports and buttons.

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Screen

The screen size of the ZTE AXON 7 Mini shrinks to 5.2 inches. And the display resolution also lower to 1920 x 1080 (FHD). It’s an AMOLED curved-edge display. Thus, it’s bright enough to cope with sunny days, and doesn’t lose brightness when viewed from an angle.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

Hardware & OS

In side the AXON 7 mini, you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, along with 3 GB of memory, 32 GB of storage, and SD Memory Slot expandable up to 128GB. For graphics section, the graphics calculations are handled by the Adreno 405 GPU. As for a lower price, this configuration is as expected and is better than many other phones at this price range.

The AXON 7 Mini is running on Android 6.01 as default. But it has finally been updated to Android 7.1.1. Thus, users who are thinking of buying this phone rest assured that it’s able to support Android 7.1.1.

Benchmark Scores

To see the benchmark scores of this handset, we install the Antutu and Geekbench APPs to test its benchmark scores. The following are the screenshots of the results.

Camera

The AXON 7 Mini is equipped with two cameras. On the rear cover of the phone, you’ll find a 16MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.9 aperture and phase detection autofocus, as well as a dual LED flash. It can shoot video in 1080p @ 26fps. In terms of quality, it apparently can’t keep up with the 20MP of Axon 7, but overall not bad. For selfie and video chat, there is a 8MP front camera.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

Battery

The battery capacity of AXON 7 Mini is 2705mAh that is a bit disappointed. But ZTE boasts that the battery can support up to 270 hours standby with a full charge. Besides, ZTE implements an Ultra Power-Saving Mode which will extend the runtime. With Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 technology, the AXON 7 Mini generally take 90 minutes for a full charge.

Specification

ItemSpecification
Display5.20-inch
Resolution1080×1920 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 617 1.2GHz octa-core
CameraRear Camera: 16-megapixel
Front Camera:8-megapixel
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 6.0.1
Storage32GB (SD Memory Slot expandable up to 128GB)
Battery Capacity2705mAh
SensorGravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
SIM CardDual SIM dual standby. Nano SIM + Nano SIM
FeatureGPS / A-GPS
Bluetoothv4.1
Network2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B19/B20 TDD-LTE B38/B40/B41

Conclusion

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini might be a great but smaller alternative smartphone to the Axon 7. But based on a low price, it’s not as good as expected, especially the battery life.

Where to Buy

The golden and gray editions of AXON 7 Mini are both available on GearBest.com. But if you want to save more, I will suggest you to buy the golden one because there is a flash sale promo for it and you just need to pay $131.99 to get this handset. For more details, please visit the following link.

Buy ZTE Axon 7 Mini on GearBest.com