There’s a smart idea behind ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini: Take the company’s Axon 7, which managed to pack premium specs into a sub-$400 phone, and dial down some of the features to knock even more off the price. The slightly smaller Axon 7 Mini may not give you the processing oomph you’d find in the Axon 7, but you do get a phone that will cost you $100 less. For many smartphone shoppers, that’s a trade worth making.
Should the Axon 7 Mini’s $299 price tag prove too tempting to pass up, you’ll wind up impressed by the phone’s stellar sound, solid display and good-enough camera, while you likely won’t really mind its slow performance unless you use processor-intensive apps. But you’ll also end up frustrated when the Mini runs out of battery life, which will happen far too early into your day.
Design: Top-of-the-line looks
Slapping a “Mini” tag on this phone is a bit of a misnomer. At 5.81 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches, the Axon 7 Mini isn’t really that much smaller than the 5.97 x 2.95 x 0.31-inch Axon 7. The 5.4-ounce Mini sheds a little bit of weight from its sibling (6.2 ounces), though not enough to notice.
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