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ZTE Axon 7 Mini review – best 5.2 inch smartphone under $150



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Actually these time we have a very interesting smartphone from well-known smartphone company ZTE. So we have prepared the ZTE Axon 7 Mini smartphone for this review. It boast a very low price, great build quality, and superb built-in hardware like Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 for these price range group which is under $150. So as we said earlier it is quite interesting device.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini – detailed specifications

Display: 5.2 inch big with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952
System: Android 6.0
Memory: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
Cameras: front 8.0MP + rear 16.0MP
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B19/B20 TDD-LTE B38/B40/B41
Battery: 2705 mAh

Build quality & display

ZTE is well known smartphone company which produce good quality smartphones at affordable price. The same situation is also with the Axon 7 Mini which is completely made from Aluminium alloy. Or in other words the case is completely made from metal, therefore the buttons are also made Aluminium alloy. It provides actually a premium feeling, and nobody would guess that these device costs only $130 at this moment.

So when we speak about display then we can tell you that the screen size is 5.2 inch wheat full HD resolution which is 1080 x 1920 pixels. It provides very high pixel destiny, and it uses Amoled technology which provides a really cool colors. But besides that sharpness is enough strong including visibility from every angle.

The size of the screen is much more convenient for some people because they don’t want to have too big device. Actually it is not too big or too small.

Overall no one would say that this smartphone is so inexpensive because it provides much more expensive look. Overall they done a great job when we speak about the case including display.

Performance and benchmark testing

This smartphone runs excellent on every field including gaming. Because it has great built-in hardware under the hood. So the ZTE Axon 7 Mini is based on Octa-Core chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 with maximum speed of 1.5 GHz. Besides that it has 3 GB of RAM including 32 GB storage space which you can additionally expand with microSD card up to 32GB.

So maybe it does not have most powerful hardware at this moment, but for $130 it has excellent combination of built-in hardware which will provide super stable usage. So you can normally play any game including most advanced like GTA. But besides that every operation is done very quickly, and you don’t need to wait a long. So overall it is good for everyday use, but also for gaming, Youtube, and other awesome stuff. Don’t forget to see benchmark scores below.

Benchmarks test results


Camera quality

These days many different smartphones comes with dual rear camera setup. But comparing smartphones with dual rear camera setup with smartphones with single rear camera still today there is no huge difference in photo quality. Because of that the Axon 7 Mini comes with 16 megapixel rear camera which provides very good photo quality.

It has more or less all features in camera application. So if you’re looking for smartphone which has a very low price with good quality camera then for sure you need to consider these device. Also don’t forget to see photos below.

Photo Test Samples


2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B19/B20 TDD-LTE B38/B40/B41

GPS test

Battery life

The Axon 7 Mini has Li-Polymer battery which has capacity of 2705 mAh. Besides that it supports fast charging, and because of that you will receive 5V 1.5A quick charger which is more quicker than usual charger. So if you’re curious about battery autonomy then we can tell you that it provides one day of average use, and for heavy users it can last a less than one day. But this is nothing surprising because the battery has only 2705 mAh.

Price Info

At this moment the price is only $131.99 which is actually a very low price for these kind of device. So don’t wait too long because there is a limited number of these device available.

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So as conclusion we can confirm that the ZTE Axon 7 Mini is an excellent choice in price range group under $150. It provides great build quality, excellent screen, and very strong built-in hardware. Besides that ZTE is well known smartphone company which provides regular updates.