ZTE Axon 7 mini Review of Pros And Cons

Picture of the ZTE Axon 7 mini, by ZTE

- Analysis by KJ David

As expected of a mini version, the ZTE Axon 7 mini suffers several downgrades over the original Axon 7, including its drop from a QHD-1440p display resolution to FHD-1080p (5.2-inch screen this time) and its failure to reach the 3000mAh battery power sweet spot for 2016-released high-enders -- it has only 2705mAh .

Setting those cons aside, however, this mini follow-up features both voiceprint recognition and fingerprint-based security , the former potentially making a significant difference, considering that not many 2016 models offer such pro. It also delivers a high-resolution pair of 16- and 8-megapixel cameras , although 4K imaging is not listed among their features . Instead, it captures 1080p (Full HD) videos at best.

Several more of the Axon 7 mini's high-class specs include a 1.5GHz + 1.2GHz Snapdragon 617 CPU , a 3GB RAM , and dual front-ported speakers that feed Hi-Fi audio with Dolby Atmos sound effects . To tie its pros and cons together, it rocks a metal unibody , a rather familiar facet for Androids of this caliber.

With all its features in place, this 5.2-incher ends up as a respectable alternative for high-end shoppers who find the original Axon 7's profile a tad of an overkill.

On-paper Review rating:

Let's Look at the Cons:

Is there an HDMI port?:

The ZTE Axon 7 mini can record high-resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) movies. Bravo! But we couldn't determine whether it had an HDMI port or not. Granted, HDMI (which lets you connect to your HDTV), is not an absolute necessity, but it seems like a desirable feature on an HD phone.

We were unable to find informatiion about its weight...

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Unknown weight:

It's disappointing that we could not find its weight information.


Very large display:

We're dealing with a hefty display here, making it a phablet: 5.2 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels means about 11.55 square inches and an image quality of at least 423.84 dots per inch (DPI)!

Very high-resolution photos:

A 16-megapixel camera offers a lot more pixels than most other phones.

Average front cam:

The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.

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