ZTE has unveiled an upgraded variant of the Axon 7, dubbed the Axon 7s, with a Snapdragon 821 SoC in China. The press release doesn't reveal a whole lot of details, but it looks like this particular model is designed for Chinese government use. ZTE is also rolling out the Axon 7 Max, which is powered by the Snapdragon 821 and has a huge 4100mAh battery.
Alongside the upgraded chipset, the Axon 7s sports a new speaker grill design that has more perforations when compared to the standard variant. The rest of the hardware is likely unchanged, which means we're looking at a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 20MP camera, 8MP front camera, and a 3250mAh battery.
It's unlikely we'll see the Axon 7s in other markets, but should that change, we'll let you know. In the meantime, the standard Axon 7 is on sale for just $330.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.