ZTE caught the tech world by surprise as it released the new ZTE Axon 7 Mini into the smartphone market. Currently, the unit is only available in Germany, though it is expected to branch out after a few weeks.
According to Phone Arena, German individuals have the choice between two unlocked versions of the Axon 7 Mini. There are silver or gold options available, which each cost around $335.
The unit itself belongs to the mid-range smartphone group. It has a 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED display. The screen size alone does not make it a "mini" phone, but it is definitely smaller than its Axon 7 brother, which has a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen.
The ZTE Axon Mini 7 is powered by an octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and comes out of the box with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It runs pretty smoothly on 3 GB of RAM and has an internal storage of 32 GB, which is expandable via a microSD card.
It has a reliable 2705 mAh battery and is dual-sim compatible. Its rear and front cameras are 13 megapixels and 8 megapixels respectively - making it capable of shooting 4K videos. It also sports a fingerprint scanner.
The design of the new unit has raised a few questions, because it seems that the design ideas are not exactly coherent and do not necessarily mix well together.
As Trusted Reviews notes, the body is reportedly made from Bowing 787 aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy, which means that the device is heavy duty. However, the back of the unit is made almost entirely of plastic. Furthermore, the Axon 7 Mini also sports faux leather at the top and bottom of the device's back.
The power button on the ZTE Axon 7 mini is found on the upper right hand corner of the device, with the volume buttons resting directly across the same.
The device is lighter than most smartphones in the market, weighing in at only 140 grams.