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ZTE's Axon 7 is its prettiest phone yet (pictures)

With shiny good looks and a premium specs, the Axon 7 ushers in an elevated new aesthetic for ZTE.

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ZTE Axon 7

The recently announced Axon 7 is a low-priced but high-end phone, and is ZTE's latest flagship device. The dual-SIM device will be available starting today in China then roll out to other countries afterward for $450 unlocked. This converts to approximately £346 or AU$605.

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Fingerprints for extra security

In addition to a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, the device is equipped with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, a 1,400-pixel resolution and a fingerprint reader on the rear.

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Bringing in the noise

ZTE put a big emphasis on this handset's audio experience, decking it out with dual front-facing speakers, Dolby Atmos audio technology and an advanced chipset that will allow the phone to both play and record crisp high fidelity audio.

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Neat camera tricks

The Axon 7 has a 20-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 4K video recording and the ability to let users readjust the focus on photos after they are captured.

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For your selfies

On the front is an 8-megapixel shooter.

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Quick charging battery

The device features a USB Type-C port to charge the 3,140mAh non-removable battery. The battery also has Quick Charge 3.0 technology from Qualcomm.

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A few memory options

There are two memory options for the handset. The most widely available one will have 64GB of internal memory with 4GB of RAM. Another variant will have 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Both will have expandable memory up to 128GB.

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Unlocked and inexpensive

Compatible with carriers using either GSM or CDMA technology, ZTE hopes its affordable Axon 7 will win over budget-conscious buyers looking for a premium phone.

For more info, here's our Axon 7 hands-on.

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