Just before the 2015 year ends, it seems ZTE still has a trick up their sleeve. With their ZTE Axon line-up (Axon Pro, Axon Lux, Axon Elite, Axon Mini) becoming ever so popular in the western market, it seems ZTE just keeps adding to it.
The latest addition to ZTE’s creation is the ZTE Axon Max. This device, just judging by the name is a phablet, a 6.0 Inch phablet at that. The Axon Max, from firsthand visual perspective seems to be crafted out of an aluminum unibody, no surprises here.
Looking at the device through its physical appearance, you can see this very heavily resembles the Huawei Ascend Mate S which was announced at IFA 2015 not too long ago, even down to the camera hump and the rear positioned fingerprint sensor.
This device not only shares similar hardware with the rest of the ZTE Axon line-up, but pricing is also closely related.
Let’s quickly go over the type of hardware users can expect to see featured inside the Axon Max.
We first of all have the aforementioned 6 inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080) using an AMOLED panel in the attempt to sharpen up colors and contrast. As for internals, the Axon Max will feature Qualcomm’s next generation chipset, the 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 617 which features 8x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, so no A57 or A72 cores here, just 8 of the same A53 balanced/power efficient cores, coupled with a last gen Adreno 405 graphics handler.
As far as memory and storage go, we’re seeing 32GB of native on-device storage, which is expandable VIA MicroSD card slot, along with 3GB of presumably LPDDR3 RAM, so no fancy 4GB like the Axon Pro was launched with.
As for optics, we’ll be seeing a 16 Megapixel primary camera on the rear, and an overkill 13 Megapixel front facing camera.
Finally, providing power for all this hardware is a massive 4140mAh battery. This is achieved presumably because of the device’s sheer large size, and with such power efficient hardware like a 1080p display and 8 A53 cores, battery life on the Axon Max should be no problem at all.
Other miscellaneous features include the aforementioned rear-mounted Fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C connector, something that majority of smartphones released in 2016 are expected to debut. With the USB Type-C standard implemented here in the Axon Max, this means support for Qualcomm’s newer technology only available in their newer chipsets can also be found here, which means the Axon Max officially supports Quick Charge 2.0, a step above what was already a very useful feature.
In terms of price and availability, the Axon Max is currently already available in China for CNY 2,799, which equates to $430 USD, or €385.00.
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