Daydream is coming. Before the race to release the first Daydream certified device even had time to begin ZTE has pulled in front and won the prize. ZTE have announced the next device in their Axon range, the Axon 7 and yes, it’s Daydream certified.

Designed in partnership with Designworks, BMWs design subsidiary the all-metal unibody design is both elegant and reflective of the current design trends. It easily resembles any number of well designed well rounded all metal phones you see on the market today, and that’s fine. How many times can you iterate on the same design before they start looking alike?

From a hardware perspective it’s a bit of a beast, we’ll let the Axon 7’s specs speak for themselves.

Key Specifications:ZTE Axon 7
Release dateMay 2016
Screen size5.5-inch
Screen technologyAMOLED
Resolution2,560 x 1,440
Rear camera20MP
Rear aperturef/1.8
Front camera8MP
Front aperturef/2.2
ChipsetSnapdragon 820
Core config2.15 GHz x 2 + 1.6GHz x 2
Storage64GB/ 128GB
MicroSDYes, up to 128GB
Battery3,250 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
WIFI standards802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth standards
  • 4.2
  • LE
  • A2DP
  • A-GPS
  • BDS
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Vendor skinMiiFlavor
Dimensions151.7 x 75 x 7.9 mm
  • Gold
  • Silver

The headline feature here has to be compliance with Google’s new Daydream VR specifications. It’s unclear if there are any extra bits in this phone that have yet to be revealed, such as co-processors or a DSP that make this Snapdragon 820 phone daydream compliant and others apparently not.

The big question I have about this device will be its software. We can be confident that it will be getting Android N, as this is a requirement for Daydream compliance. However, Chinese OEM skins have not always provided the best experience for those of us in the western markets. ZTE have previously released lightly skin devices with only small touches of there MiiFlavor so let’s hope that is the case here.

What use is a VR ready phone without a VR viewer? Alongside the Axon 7 ZTE also released a new VR headset the ZTE VR.

axon 7 vr

From the look of the headset it is a definite upgrade to a basic VR headset, and seems to feature:

  • in built 9-axis gyro sensor
  • a back button
  • Volume up and down
  • a touch pad or large button
  • lense adjustment
  • an opening to allow the camera to clearly see the environment
  • adjustable headstraps and face padding

The headset definitely looks like one of the best we have seen. Unfortunately, it also looks very customised to the Axon & so we’re not sure how interchangeable it will be with other handsets. With the digital controls and inbuilt Gyro, we are fairly confident at this requires a physical connection to the device to function, wireless latency would be too high at the moment.

Weighing in at 255 grams, it’s also not likely that the device has any sort of active cooling or an included battery. It will be interesting to see how devices such as these handle power usage and heat generation moving forward.

Is this the first Daydream headset we’ve seen? That’s anyone’s guess, it would make sense for ZTE to make a Daydream compliant headset, however as we understand it to be a Daydream headset it must come with a controller and there is no mention of a controller for the ZTE VR.

For now, we will have to be content with what looks to be an excellent phone and a nicely made headset. We have reached out to ZTE Australia for comment on Australian availability. We will let you know what we hear.

How does the ZTE Axon 7 and the ZTE VR look to you? Let us know below.

Source: BusinessWire.
Via: VentureBeat.
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Would have liked a thinner unit, but if priced well i will get one as well. Hope a review comes out soon.

Nick Knight

Very interested in acquiring this phone in Australia. I wonder which Telco’s will pick it up? Telstra have stocked many ZTE’s in the past. Looking forward to release date and price! Will likely get it first day!

Jason G

if this phone has Band 28 it will be handy


Looks interesting but the skin is definitely a concern for me.

Lord Tim

Some seriously good specs, keen to see the price and radio bands once they’re released!

Prashant Malik

wonder when can i buy it ,… Definitely looks promising …

Phill Edwards

Like the look of the phone specs. Just need to know when and how much?


we have asked!


Got any recent news on it’s price and availability, Duncan?