Review of musical mini flagship ZTE Axon 7 Mini

If You looking for the perfect smartphone, with which you can watch movies and listen to music in a "chamber" sound, then pay attention to the model Axon 7 ZTE Mini. Chinese manufacturers have released the full mini version of the flagship device.
Despite a slight simplification, the device has retained the full functionality of its counterpart, and boasts an impressive specification.

Technical specifications of ZTE Mini 7 Axon:

  • Screen: 5.2″, color AMOLED, 16.78 million colors, touch, 1920×1080 px (Full HD), 16:9, capacitive, multitouch, Corning Gorilla glass 4, a oleophobic coating, there is auto-rotate screen;
  • CPU: 8-core (4 core 1.5 GHz+ 4 cores 1.2 GHz), Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952;
  • Graphics accelerator: Adreno 405;
  • RAM: 3 GB;
  • Built-in memory: 32 GB;
  • External memory: up to 128 GB (shared with slot for second SIM card);
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow;
  • Primary camera: 16 MP (aperture f/1,9, phase detection autofocus, led flash – of two diodes at different temperatures, max. video resolution 3840×2160);
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels (aperture f/2.2, and video recording at 1080p);
  • Slots SIM: combined slot for two nano SIM cards (up to 128 GB, instead of the second SIM card);
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB;
  • Connectivity: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Navigation: GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou;
  • Sensors: light, Hall, the approximation, gyro, the scanner of the iris;
  • Advanced: voice dialing, voice control, flight mode, 3.5 mm headset Jack, flashlight, NFC;
  • Battery: non-removable mAh battery 2705 (the function of fast charging Quick Charge 3.0);
  • Dimensions: 147,5 x71x7,8 mm;
  • Weight: 153 g;
  • colors Available: gold and silver.

The complete set. The set includes the smartphone itself, a simple silicone case, designed to protect the pavement is slippery hull from damage, charger and headphones. The apparatus and its components Packed in a cardboard box.

appearance. Visually, the smartphone does not differ from the older model. Monobloc aluminum housing made in the noble silver color. On the back cover is a scanner for fingerprints and the protruding main camera lens.

At the right side are mechanical volume buttons and switch on the device. On the left – two slots for SIM-cards (one for NanoSIM or a microSD card). Top developers placed headphone Jack (3.5 mm), and the bottom USB port (Type C) and additional microphone.

A smaller version of the flagship has become even more ergonomic. The device fits easily even in fragile hands and small pockets. Rounded edges do not cut hands.

A feature of the model is the presence of a black frame around the display. Off the screen fuses with the separator, but the design is not like all users.

Display. The smartphone is equipped AMOLED screen of 5.2 inches, supporting a resolution of 1920x1080 with a total pixel density of 424 PPI. The display transmits the image in a bright, saturated color with high contrast. The picture looks juicy, even on the sunniest day.

Protective glass GORILLA glass 4 with oleophobic coating is resistant to mechanical damage, scratches, dirt and fingerprints.

OS and interface. The device runs on Android Marshmallow (MiFavor 4.0). Updated the operating system supports gesture control and the ability to unlock the smartphone by voice command. Manage mini flagship will be convenient for both novice and experienced users. The main thing – to set up a system for yourself and get used to constantly disappearing icons.

The smartphone supports LTE, 3G, GSM 900/1800/1900, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and microUSB Type C. the Device is equipped with sensors, voice recognition, retina or fingerprint.

Performance. Smooth operation and high performance was achieved with 8-core Snapdragon 617 with a frequency of acceleration in the 1.2 and 1.5 GHz. 3 GB RAM is enough for most tasks. Operating system and core applications are stable quickly. However, the smart device sometimes hangs when performing simple functions. The smartphone copes with demanding games, but at reduced image quality.

Built-in memory 32 GB is enough to store large amounts of information. If necessary the owner can use the additional microSD card up to 256 GB, but will have to sacrifice a slot for a second SIM card (Nano size).

The device is equipped with non-removable Li-Ion battery with a small capacity 2705 mAh. The device stably operates up to 16 hours music listening, 7 hours of video and 4 hours – during the game. Availability of fast charging allows you to quickly recover your lost energy.

The camera. A weakness of the smartphone is the camera. The main module is 16 MP and front 8 MP. In theory, these indicators should be sufficient for producing photo and video good quality. But in reality, to get a good picture is possible only in the daytime when the static position of the camera. The slightest movement lubricates the picture. The lack of light is broken, the color and graininess is observed. The situation does not save even a led flash. Video recording can be carried out only in FullHD 30 frames per second.

Front camera allows you to take good photos only in good lighting and at close range. To improve the image quality due to the autofocus not work.

Sound. With the stereo speakers provide the perfect sound in the headphones and the speaker. Thanks installed a Converter from Asahi Kasei AK 4962 and equalizer Dolby the device produces high-quality surround sound without the slightest distortion. When watching movies there is a feeling of presence in a real movie theater. Not the last role in pure sound plays the discrete sound processor.

The advantages and disadvantages. From the previous flagship smartphone got a sleek design, ergonomics and outstanding audiomonster. Budget price mini-version due to a decrease in performance as well as simplified versions of photo and video cameras. Its main advantage – loud high-quality sound and rich audioboost.


  • High-quality AMOLED display;
  • Glass is almost dirty and gleams in the sun;
  • Flagship design;
  • The smoothness of the operating system;
  • Volume loud clear sound;
  • USB Type C;
  • Low price.


  • Black frame around the screen;
  • the main camera Lens protrudes slightly, which is contrary to the General trends of modern smartphones;
  • the Average level of performance;
  • Weak camera;
  • Is saturated in color with small graininess. To adjust the balance using the function setting "Warm shade".

Budget a unique smartphone for its audio abilities than many flagships. It is a good replacement mp3 player full pocket cinema.

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