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Flagship killer? That is what the ZTE Axon might be


Being a sub-brand of ZTE, the Chinese OEM looks like it’s trying to take on the smartphone market in a different way. Although the brand is not commonly known in our side of the world, with only China being the exception, the Axon Lux and Pro has popped up on

Appearing on the e-commerce website under seller “androidworld”, this industry underdog is not shy about flaunting its specs. Being sold are two variants the Lux (RM 2,550) and the Pro (RM 3,499) – with the differences lying in the RAM, screen resolution and internal storage options. The Lux will get you 3GB RAM, a FHD (1920×1080) screen and 32GB of internal storage. A bump up with the Pro edition will get you 4GB RAM, a 2K (2560 x 1440) screen and a massive 128GB internal storage, both of which support MicroSD, up to an additional 128GB for a whopping grand total of 256GBs.


Everything else about the China model variants are much the same – they both run a Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor that’s clocked at 2.0GHz. Screen sizes sit at 5.5-inch and they’re juiced by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. Other features include HIFI quality audio; thanks to the AK4961 audio chip, a finger print and iris scanner for biometric security and NFC. The past has shown us that the iris scanner on the vivo X5Pro doesn’t work in our market, so that’s yet to be tested on the Axon.


Photos will be shot on a duo combination of a 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear sensors and selfie-centric individuals can take advantage of the 8-megapixel front camera. The secondary camera located on the back will help with depth of field while taking photographs, similar to HTC’s concept.


LTE support, Bluetooth and dual-SIM (Nano-SIMs) make up the connectivity options for the device. ZTE’s Axon will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, thickly skinned by MiFavor3.X. Noting that the device isn’t officially brought to our shores, it’ll be nice to see how it fares given the prices are comparable to other flagships that have already made a name for themselves locally.

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Thanks to Twitter user @baliriot for the tip!