ZTE has a long-standing reputation as communication network manufacturer around the globe, and while their early existence in the mobile industry has been strongly related to cheap low-end departments, the Shenzhen company already paved their way to deluxe markets.

Earlier this September ZTE introduced their brand-new generation of Axon flagship line, namely Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini. As it name suggests, the Axon 7 Mini will represent a compact size and range of specifications that are mainly targeting savvy consumers.

Speaking of design, the Axon 7 Mini features a stricter composition in appearance. ZTE decided to ditch the classic faux-leather and replace it entirely with metal. It has curves all over the edge that will comfort your hand. You also will notice the antenna lines at the top and bottom of the back case, bearing a strong resemblance to iPhone 6 series and common phones this day.

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ZTE provides the Axon 7 Mini with dual stereo Dolby Atmos speakers that give you the impression of 7.1-channel surround effect at the front. In the middle, there’s a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. The pixel density isn’t a problem here; however, you probably will notice that the viewing angles is a little bit damped.

Down to the specs sheet, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. Arguably, it isn’t the fastest, but we still managed to launch and navigate between apps seamlessly. The 32GB storage should be adequate to pile up a large chunk of files, but if it isn’t in your case, then you could opt to insert a microSD card up to 128GB.

ZTE claimed that although carrying only 2705 mAh of battery, the device should last throughout the day without a problem. Quite a trustworthy promise, considering its size and chipset. The Axon 7 Mini also packs USB type-C with QuickCharge 2.0 support to allow complete charging much faster.

The device features 16-megapixel primary lens complete with quick shooting technology that they dubbed as Ultra-Fast Focus. We can snap images almost instantly. At the front, there’s an 8-megapixel camera which seemed just enough to satisfy any selfie enthusiasts.

Axon 7 Mini currently is being sold in Europe and mainland China for €249 / $300 when it comes to the US in October.