ZTE Axon 7 Mini Review

                         

This is a mid-range phone with advanced features like the OLED screen, fingerprint scanner and Dolby Atmos, stereo speakers, 32 GB storage, 3 GB of RAM, 5.2 inch 1080p display and snapdragon 617. It has a poor battery life and software is not up to par with its competitors and is described as just a fair smartphone.

Design

The ZTE Axon 7 mini reviewed features 5.81 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches. It is designed with full metal aluminium body that is easy to hold in a single hand and weighs about 153 grams. It features speakers on the front and grilles at the top and bottom of the screen. In addition, it has the fingerprint scanner that is located on the back of the phone below the camera sensor.

This smartphone has an attractive look when viewed at the back but looks an attractive at the front. It has a slightly curved screen at the edges making it smooth throughout the edges.

Display

The ZTE Axon 7 mini review shows that it has a screen size of 5.2 inches 1080p which slightly smaller than that of the former model ZTE Axon 7 mini. The screen is capable to stream movies and other videos in full screen. The screen is an AMOLED panel, bright enough in bright conditions. The 1080p display on the other hand offers up 423 pixels-per inch and doesn’t drain the battery compared to the Axon 7.

Performance

In this ZTE-Axon 7 mini review, most the performance features have been scaled back. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 and 3 GB of memory compared to the Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM of the previous ZTE Axon 7. It therefore compares better to phones with the same Snapdragon 617 like the Moto G4 Plus. It has 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to up to 128 GB as it has the microSD card slot.

The ZTE Axon 7 mini performance is not constant as it keeps on varying. It isn’t very fast and it is not slow either. Sometimes it lags when scrolling through apps on the play store or moving through home screens or even browsing through the websites.

Cameras

The ZTE Axon 7 mini features 16 Megapixels rear camera which is not better compared to the ZTE Axon 7 that has 20 MP. The difference in the image quality of the two is not easily noticeable but it can’t compete with better pricier gadgets. The images produced by this smartphone will remain sharper as long as there is enough lighting.

The phone has autofocus tech, HDR, a dual-LED flash and an aperture size of F/1.9. Its aperture is not impressive and it has impact on night time shots. The image samples taken at night seem to have a blur appearance.

In terms of video recording, the ZTE Axon 7 mini is capable of recording in either Full HD or 720p. It offers a good focus on videos and has a simple to use interface found on both camera and video modes. It also features an 8 MP front facing sensor for selfie images and 1080p videos. It provides a good picture quality but for intense images, it is better to use the rear camera. The selfie camera also features a beauty mode and it is a default setting that can be changed or taken as the image isn’t that good.

Audio

The ZTE Axon 7 mini has popped stereo speakers positioned at the front of the phone which are paired with a Hi-Fi audio chip. This is essential in producing high quality and incredible sound. The speakers are stronger and louder as compared to other phones.

Battery

The battery of the ZTE Axon 7 mini has a capacity of 2,705mAh which doesn’t store enough power to take you through the day. It supports wireless charging but has no wireless option.

Special features

The ZTE Axon 7 mini has a Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C (reversible), GPS, NFC, accelerometer, Gyroscope and compass.

Conclusion

The ZTE Axon 7 mini is a better phone if at all you mind about your pocket but considering that there are varieties of great phones, this phone isn’t so much challenging. The Moto G4 Plus and the Blu Energy XL lie in the same price range and are far much better than the ZTE Axon 7 mini.