Wednesday , August 22 2018

We’ve known for a while now that ZTE was planning to bring the affordably-priced, flagship-specced Axon 7 along with its little brother, the previously-announced Axon 7 Mini, to Australian retail thanks to a partnership with JB Hi-Fi. What we didn’t know was when – but it turns out they’re both available today!

We just reviewed the Axon 7 and found it an impressive device for a walk-away price of $699 with local warranty and retail support (in fact, I think it’s perhaps the best value for money Android device in Australia at present). The only device that may be better value for money could be the Axon 7 Mini, but we haven’t had the chance to play with that yet.

Check out the difference between the Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini:

 ZTE Axon 7 AustraliaZTE Axon 7 mini
Release dateOctober 2016September 2016
Screen size5.5-inch5.2-inch
Screen technologyAMOLEDAMOLED
Resolution2,560 x 1,4401,920 x 1,080
PPI534424
Rear camera20MP13MP
Front camera8MP8MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 820Snapdragon 617
Core config 2 x 2.15 GHz Kryo + 2 x 1.6 GHz Kryo4 x 1.5 GHz + 4 x 1.2 GHz
Ram4GB3GB
Storage64GB32GB
MicroSDYes, up to 128GBYes, up to 256 GB
Battery3,250 mAh2,708 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB CUSB C
Headphone PortYesYes
Headphone LocationTop
Speaker ConfigurationFront
  • Stereo
  • Front
Android OSAndroid 6.0.1Android 6.0
Vendor skin
Dimensions151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm147.5 x 71 x 7.8 mm
Weight175g153g
Colours
  • Iron Gold
  • Platinum Grey
  • Iron Gold
  • Platinum Grey

For $498 the Axon 7 Mini is a pretty extraordinary device – it keeps a similar style and the premium all-metal construction of it’s larger sibling. JB Hi-fi has both models in Gold and Grey.

The closest competitor to the Axon 7 Mini would probably be the Moto G4 Plus. With the 16GB model of that device selling fro $100 less, it will be a bit of a trade off which is the “better” value. For my money, however, the NFC chip in the Axon 7 Mini is worth the extra cost although those who like software updates might prefer to head to the Motorola side.

Is the ZTE Axon 7 Mini on your shopping list? Tell us in the comments!

Source: JB Hi-Fi.
Thanks: Jamie S.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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way to expensive coming to Australia 1/2 way through a product cycle. Plenty of better options out there – the HTC x9 is $499.00 and is comparable to the mini and its receiving Android Nougat

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Hey Ausdroid, do you know from your review unit if these support “caller ID” on calls? I read some comments on GSMArena that suggest outgoing calls are only anonymous…

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Too expensive for $699. The S7 is down to $849 at JB, and it also includes a Gear Fit 2.

Sony’s X Performance was also $699 during the christmas sales.

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ZTE have built something of a reputation for providing relatively good value handsets but then quickly moving on and not bothering to maintain the software on previously released devices. However, it looks as though CyanogenMod/Lineage will be/are supporting this device which is good news – particularly given that your original review’s negatives were largely software based.

$699 is still too expensive for me.

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