ZTE is no exception. On paper, its new flagship Axon 7 passes the specs test with flying colors — even surpassing most rivals in certain areas. In fact, its performance is high enough to be one of the first phones to claim support for Google Daydream — the mobile VR platform Google just launched at its I/O developer conference.
The 5.5-inch device is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor; it has a 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED screen, a 20-megapixel rear camera (coupled with an 8-megapixel camera), a 3,250 mAh (milliamp-hour) battery, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage, expandable via microSD card.
The Axon 7‘s biggest claim to fame, however is RAM: The phone comes in two configurations, either with 4GB or a whopping 6GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, or 4GB more than an iPhone 6S Plus.
Other specs of note are a fingerprint scanner, dual stereo speakers (coupled with what ZTE calls a dual Hi-Fi chipset) and Force Touch tech (similar to Apple’s 3D Touch display), which is only available in the most expensive variant.
This leaves us with the question of price. The Axon 7 is available in two versions: The Basic edition goes for 2,899 RMB (yuan) or $442. The Standard edition costs 3,299 RMB or $503, while the Force Touch-equipped Premium edition costs 4,099 RMB or $625.