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ZTE unveils Axon 7s with Snapdragon 821 chipset in China

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 (opens in new tab).

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

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.

  • So the government gets their own phone? Interesting...
  • What about the usa? I would love to try this phone. My s7 edge is so laggy.
  • Like the article said you can purchase the Axon 7 now for $330 from Newegg. Only difference is SD 820 vs SD 821.
  • The article is referring to the 821. I already know the 820 is available in the usa. I wanted the 821 because I've heard it's more efficient with battery.
  • If you get it You love it
  • What about the 8? This upgrade looks to be really bad if it's just a social upgrade
  • Too bad it didn't hit the Indian market, much like the original 7.
  • Now I know why the axon7 is on sale everywhere. I have the A7, and it's so much faster than my S7 edge and my pixel was. I actually sold my pixel to buy the A7. A much, much better phone in every respect. I can't wait for the A8.
  • The Axon 7 Max is very appealing. It's too bad 4 Ah batteries aren't the norm.