The ZTE Axon Mini Review

ZTE Axon mini

The new flagship phone of the company ZTE – the ZTE Axon, just got itself a younger sibling. The mini version of the phone – the ZTE Axon Mini is out, and it has some pretty awesome things to offer. Let’s check this phone out!

The Features 

First of all, what many people noted it the concept of the word ‘mini’ in terms of the new XTE Axon Mini. This phone is a 5.2” phone, and that isn’t what you would really call a mini phone to be honest. Compared to the ZTE Axon, the difference is only 0.3” i.e. the ZTE Anox is a 5.5” phone.

The concept of the design is done by Teague, the company behind the design of the Xbox. And yes, you will see a pretty unique design.

The ZTE Axon Mini’s display is a an AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 423 PPI. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, a very good processor and it has 3 GB of RAM.

zte axon mini phone

Speaking of the camera, the ZTE Axon Mini has a dual back camera – a 13-megapixel and a 2-megapixel back cameras with LED flash. The front camera is an 8-megapixel camera. The picture quality surprised me in a positive way. Of course, it is not the best camera you have seen on the market, but it is definitely a pretty decent one, performing well in light and dark surrounding.

Of course, let’s not forget to mention the fingerprint scanner which is available on more and more devices every day.

 The Characteristics

BODY Dimensions 143.5 x 70 x 7.9 mm (5.65 x 2.76 x 0.31 in)
Weight 140 g (4.94 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~74.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– Force Touch display (only ZTE Axon mini Premium)
– MiFavor 3.2


PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 405


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary 13 MP + 2MP (Dual camera), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video Yes
Secondary 8 MP


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Hi-Fi audio


Bluetooth Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio To be confirmed
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host


FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+ player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer


BATTERY Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery


The Verdict 

ZTE have done a great job with the Axon Mini phone. However, again, it is not exactly a mini phone! Still, it has very great characteristics that are the top notch these days. For a price of around $400, you decide if the phone is worth it!


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