ZTE has really been trying hard to step up its
game with the high-end Axon series, employing powerful hardware and premium
materials and built quality into the handsets. The device family already has
quite a few offers in its ranks, like the core Axon model and
modifications like the Axon Elite, Axon Lux and Axon Pro,
all with a display size of 5.5 inches, as well as an Axon mini at 5.2
Now the lineup
has grown bigger in every sense of the word with the announcement of the Axon
MAX, with its huge 6.0-inch FHD AMOLED display. Like the rest of its Axon
siblings, the Axon MAX is designed with premium looks in mind and boasts a thin
and slick body, measuring 160 x 80 x 7.5mm and made from aircraft-grade
It is powered
by Qualcomm's new mid-range octa-core offer – the Snapdragon 617, paired with
3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, expendable through a microSD slot, housed
within the second SIM tray of the dual-SIM device. The camera setup looks quite
impressive with a 16MP shooter on the back with phase detection autofocus and a
13MP selfies shooter.
The Axon MAX is
powered by a quite large 4140 mAh battery, which also supports Qualcomm's Quick
Charge 3.0 standard and promises a snappy top-up from zero to 60% in only 30
minutes. Other interesting specs highlights include a USB type-C port,
dedicated AK4961 24-bit ADC for superior audio and a rear-mounted fingerprint
The Axon MAX is
already up for order in China for CNY 2,799 (about $431). Color options are
currently limited to Gold and sales on the local market should begin later this
month, with no word on international availability yet.
Along with the
new handset, ZTE also announced its “Global VIP Passport” post-sales service.
It is aimed at high-profile business users and offers an interesting mix of
secure data-backup, protection and restore services, handset repair and
replacement, as well as preferential ZTE rates on flights worldwide.