ZTE has announced that the Axon 7, its follow-up to the Axon and Axon Pro, will be released in Canada on July 27th for $529.99. Distribution will begin exclusively with Newegg, the well-known computer hardware outlet, but may expand beyond it at some point in the future.

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE calls itself the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in North America behind Apple, Samsung, and LG (though Alcatel also likes to make that claim), and is attempting to grow its business in the high-end phone market. The Axon 7, with its metal body, close-to-stock software and powerful specs, is a worthy showcase of that ambition.

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ZTE also notes that the Axon 7 will be one of the first phones to support Google's Daydream VR platform, as well as boast high-fidelity sound, a 20MP dual-stabilized rear camera, a QHD AMOLED display, and dual SIM slots. It will go up against the OnePlus 3, which sells for $519 CAD. While the OnePlus 3 boasts 6GB of RAM to the Axon 7's 4GB, they're pretty evenly matched in other areas; the Axon 7 has a larger 3,250mAh battery, a higher-resolution OLED display, and what appears to be a superior audiovisual experience.

The phone is available for pre-order starting July 13 at Newegg.

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