The ZTE Axon 7 is a solid device, but not everyone's looking for a 5.5-inch phone. Now there's the smaller, less expensive Axon 7 Mini available for pre-order in the US. This device costs a little under $300 and keeps the same aluminum unibody design as its larger sibling. It does take a step down in the spec department, though.

Let's get the specs out of the way first.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 617, Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, microSD supported in 2nd SIM slot when it's not in use
Camera 16MP rear, 8MP front
Display 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED
Battery 2705 mAh, non-removable, Quick-Charge 3.0
USB 2.0 (Type-C)
Software Android 6.0.1 with MiFavor UI 4.0
Measurements 5.81 x 2.80 x 0.21-inches, 153g

The Axon 7 Mini retains the dual SIM slots and dual front-facing speakers of the larger phone. Around back is a fingerprint scanner inside a nice divot that helps to stabilize the phone in your hand. The smaller body of this device should make it very comfortable to hold. Interestingly, the images of the Axon 7 Mini don't show any physical nav buttons like the Axon 7 has. There aren't any software buttons either, but this could just be an oversight.

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The Axon 7 Mini will be available through ZTE, Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, and B&H (not all listings are live yet). Best Buy has a 60-day exclusive on the gold color, though. ZTE doesn't list a ship date, but Best Buy says the device is out on Halloween.

Press Release

Richardson, Texas – October 17, 2016 –– ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market*, today announced it is accepting pre-orders of the Axon 7 Mini, a smaller version of its award winning flagship Axon 7 smartphone. The Axon 7 Mini will come in two colors; Ion Gold will be available exclusively at Best Buy for the first 60 days, and Platinum Gray will be available through Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, NewEgg and www.zteusa.com all for the unbeatable price of $299.98.

“Disruption is not led by the company who can deliver the best specs at the lowest price, it’s about a tenacity to put the consumer first,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “The Axon 7 Mini delivers on both fronts as we listened to consumers who wanted a smaller option to our original Axon 7 at a price that many can afford.”

From a dedicated audio chipset for Hi-Fi playback and recording, dual front-facing speakers, an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, dual-SIM with a Micro-SD slot, and more, the Axon 7 Mini packs many of the same premium features consumers love in the Axon 7 all at an affordable price.

Premium Features, Mini Price

  • A 5.2 inch AMOLED display with soft key navigation allows you to beautifully render all of your favorite content, yet be small enough to fit into your back pocket once finished
  • Dual front-facing speakers, dedicated sound and playback technology, and Dolby Atmos® provide an immersive HiFi audio experience  that is groundbreaking  and unlike any other
  • A 16-megapixel rear camera along with 8-megapixel front camera captures stunning high-quality images during the day and at night
  • All-metal body and standout design delivers the same premium feel, but at a lower price than competitors
  • Comes with one of the industry’s best warranty and protection plans in the Axon Passport Program 2.0, which features a 2 year warranty, unlimited out of warranty repairs, upgrade assistance, replacement assistance and more

For full list of phone specifications and features visit www.zteusa.com/Axon7