That’s right, I’m observing the 4th of July with an external review of a Chinese smartphone.
Not just any Chinese smartphone, mind you, but one that will almost certainly provide some serious competition to the already-popular OnePlus 3. Over the weekend, TechRadar got some hands-on time with it. Scheduled for a U.S. release any day now, ZTE’s Axon 7 offers a significant bump in specs over the $399 OP3, for a rumored price of $450 USD—only $51 more.
The Axon 7 has a QHD screen compared to the OP3’s full HD display, and dual front-facing speakers compared to a single, bottom-firing one. Like the OnePlus 3 the Axon 7 is a dual SIM device; unlike the OP3 a microSD card can be used in place of the second SIM. About the only number in the OP3’s favor is the RAM—6GB for the OnePlus vs 4GB on the ZTE. But there will apparently be a version of the Axon 7 with 6GB and 128GB of onboard storage.
So what’s the early verdict on the Axon 7? For that, I’ll direct you to TechRadar’s preliminary review, at the first link directly below.