The ZTE Axon 7 is now available for pre-order in the U.S., with deliveries going out from July 27. The phone retails for $399, and is available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and on ZTE's website.

ZTE Axon 7

Designed in collaboration with BMW's Designworks studio, the Axon 7 is one of the first handsets to support Google's Daydream VR platform. While there is a variant of the Axon 7 with 6GB of RAM, that particular model is limited to China, with global markets receiving the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.

The Axon 7 offers a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, microSD card slot, 20MP camera, 8MP front shooter, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29/30/41), dual-SIM slots, USB-C, and a 3250mAh battery. On the software side of things, the phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow layered with ZTE's own customizations. There's also a fingerprint sensor at the back, and you get stereo speakers at the front.

With a $399 price tag, the phone competes directly with the OnePlus 3, which is a very capable performer. The Axon 7 offers a denser QHD display and a higher-resolution 20MP camera (compared to 16MP on the OnePlus 3), and for the price, it is looking like a decent proposition if you want to invest in a phone that's ready for VR.

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