Today in New York City we got our first look at the Axon Pro smartphone — a new spinoff from ZTE that brings high-end specs at a price that usually ends up with something a bit more mid-range. And mid-range (if we're lucky) is generally where we end up seeing ZTE phones in this part of the world.

Let's take a closer look.

First thing you notice about the Axon is it feels solid. It has a premium metal build that feels slightly slippery to the touch but still very premium. With a slight curve on the back and very small bezels, it makes the 5.5-inch phone feel great in hand. And the 5.5-inch QHD display is bright and looks great.

Axon Pro

The Axon is running a skinned version of Android 5.1.1 and felt very snappy thanks to the Snapdragon 810 paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. One of the most interesting parts of the phone is the dual camera setup capable of shooting 4K video and able to adjust focus after taking photos. (On the other hand, it's also interesting because we've already seen other manufacturers abandon that sort of setup.) The Axon Pro even has a physical shutter button located below the power button to make taking photos even easier.

Overall ZTE's newest flagship seems to tick all of the right boxes to make it a real powerhouse of a phone — especially when you consider it hits at just under $500 outright. With an interesting design and great build quality it seems like it could appeal to many.

ZTE Ceo Lixin Cheng

With the addition of Axon Passport 1.0 program — giving users a two-year warranty, one year free shipping on warranty repairs and a 30-day buyer's remorse policy — ZTE is making it easy for anyone to give it a try. For the asking price of $449.98 it may be worth a look.

It's available for preorder now, and for limited time you get a pair of JBL E-13 in-ear headphones for free.