It's funny when you think anyone could refer to a phone with a 5.2-inch screen as "mini". But with the ZTE Axon 7 Mini and many other so-called diminutive devices, smallness is about cost and scaled-back hardware goods even more than it is about size.
On the outside, the all-metal 5.5-inch ZTE Axon 7 flagship and this mostly-metal 7 Mini look almost identical. Look closely and you spot a textured plastic material on the double speaker grilles.
Inside, the Mini has been almost completely rebuilt. The ZTE-inflected Android software, fingerprint reader (with NFC support) and front-facing camera are the same. Everything else is scaled-back, from the main camera and processor (which won't support Google Daydream, unlike the Axon 7) to the phone's battery-charging speed, and yes, the battery capacity itself.
What you get in exchange is a really good-looking device in gold or grey, that will cost €249 when it comes to Europe and China this month (we don't have prices in RMB) and $300 when it comes to the US in October through direct-to-consumer channels. The price in Euros converts to about £215 and AU$370.
|ZTE Axon 7||ZTE Axon 7 Mini|
|Display size, resolution||5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6x3x0.34 in||5.8x2.8x0.31 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||151.8x75x8.7 mm||147.5x71x7.8 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.53 oz; 185 g||5.4 oz; 153 g|
|Mobile software||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Video capture||4K||1,080p HD|
|Processor||2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820||1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB (varies by region)||32GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB|
|Battery||3,000mAh (nonremovable)||2,705mAh (nonremovable)|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Back cover|
|Special features||Dual-SIM option||Dual-SIM option|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$400||$300|
|Price (GBP)||Converts to £345||Converts to £215 (from Euros)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$605||Converts to AU$369 (from Euros)|