While ZTE Axon 7 continues to be among the smartphone market’s beasts in terms of top-of-the-line specs with a price tag that does not break the bank, the handset remains shackled to the legacy Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But that is about to change soon as the Axon 7 is now slated to receive the next-generation Android 7.0 Nougat in January, according to ZTE’s arm in Germany.
Launched in May of this year, the Axon 7 falls within the line of Android smartphones that pack nearly premium specs and features. For example, the smartphone rocks a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, or a screen density of nearly 538 pixels per inch. The phone features a fingerprint sensor, a nice addition for a relatively cheap flagship. As if those premium specs were not enough, the Axon 7 shows off a 20-megapixel main camera that is capable of recording 4K video and an 8-megapixel front shooter with an aperture of f/2.2 that is sure to delight selfie addicts. The handset is juiced up by a 3,250 mAh battery that comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 feature to power the phone up to 83 percent within half an hour. Inside, the super fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with an Adreno 530 graphics card powers the phone. It also packs 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 256 GB with a microSD card.
The other known premium smartphones that carry the Snapdragon 820 inside include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG V20, LG G5, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, Moto Z and Moto Z Force, and Sony Xperia X Performance. But with a price point of a mid-range handset, the Axon 7 is already something to write home about. While some of those devices have already gotten their taste of the Nougat treat, the Axon 7 is a little late to the receiving line. We can only hope that the Chinese phone maker does not delay the software update to avoid further waiting for consumers who have been craving to get their hands on Android Nougat on the Axon 7. It remains unclear what type of Nougat build will come to the device.