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Does this Axon 7 Mini look 'mini' to you?

The smaller-scale version of ZTE's metal Axon 7 drops its screen size, and some hardware specs, to reach an even lower cost.

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Which is the and which is the ZTE Axon 7 Mini? Go ahead, guess.

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If you said the phone on the right is the Axon 7 Mini, you're right.

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With just 0.3-inch size difference between both phone screens (measured diagonally), the Mini still has a pretty large display.

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But it's a cheaper phone, and uses different, less expensive parts to get to that lower price.

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Take the camera: It has a 16-megapixel lens versus the Axon 7's 20-megapixel shooter.

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Like the Axon 7, the Mini has a fingerprint reader and support for NFC so you can use Android Pay.

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There are two speaker grilles, too, which helps make audio sound louder and richer.

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And it shares the Axon 7's 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

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This dual-carriage tray can hold a SIM card and a microSD card or side-by-side SIM cards.

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Here's a closer look.

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This particular animated transition makes the home screens look like they're spinning on a branched stand.

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This optional feature pops up shortcuts from a button that stays put across your screens.

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You can toggle the higher-fidelity Dolby audio software on and off in the pull-down menu.

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Enjoy some more shots of the ZTE Axon 7 Mini.

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Find out about pricing, availability and more about our hands-on time with the ZTE Axon 7 Mini.

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