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ZTE brings its Axon flagship to Malaysia with a working Iris Recognition Scanner

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ZTE isn’t really known for making a flagship smart phone but now they are trying to enter the high-end segment with its new Axon. Launched today for the Malaysian market, we are getting the Axon Elite which comes with a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display and a top of the line Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

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In terms of design, it gets a unibody aluminium back with some faux leather elements for the top and bottom. Size wise, it feels quite compact for a 5.5 incher. Over at the front, the display along with its 3 capacitive buttons are flanked by a pair of “metal girder” design grills.

For imaging, it gets a pair of cameras at the back which consists of a 13MP main and a 2MP secondary unit. Meanwhile at the front, it gets a 8MP camera which also doubles up as an iris scanner dubbed as EyePrint ID.

To unlock using your eyes, it isn’t instant as you would need to swipe downwards on the lock screen and wait for about 2-3 seconds for it to work its magic. Alternatively you could also unlock with a fingerprint scanner that’s mounted at the back or via its voice recognition feature.

The ZTE Axon Elite also boast a AKM 4961 HiFi Chip, NFC and a dual-SIM slot which doubles up as a microSD expansion on the 2nd SIM tray. Keeping the lights on is a 3,000mAh capacity battery which supports QuickCharge 2.0. At the moment, it runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and it comes only in Ion Gold colour.

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The ZTE Axon Elite is priced at RM1,999 and it will be available sometime in mid-October. Being the underdog in the flagship space, the price is quite steep considering there are plenty of high-end devices in this price range.

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Alexander Wong