ZTE Axon 7 Review: The Brightest Sound: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

By 02:35 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Display

The ZTE Axon 7 is flaunting a 5.5" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel with a QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels). With a pixel density of 538ppi and a 2.5D glass that very subtly goes to the edges of the phone, it's a gorgeous display to see at.


We measured the brightness of the display and it peaks at 352 nits, which isn't colorful by today's standards. There are competitors out there which max out at 500 nits and beyond in colorful conditions. Minimum brightness is 4.4 nits so it should go easy on the eyes when you utilize the phone in a blackplace.

As for color reproduction accuracy, there are various classy screen modes to choose from, and the "colorful" one, surprisingly, has the smallest deviation of average DeltaE of 8. That's better than average but not among the best. The classy screen effects don't improve the color accuracy much, and neither do cool/warm modes.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

ZTE Axon 7 0.00 352

OnePlus 3 0.00 433 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 0.00 392 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge max auto 0.00 610 ∞

Xiaomi Redmi Pro 0.00 408 ∞

LG V20 0.43 475 1097

LG V20 Max auto 0.59 628 1064

Huawei Mate S 0.00 372 ∞

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) 0.00 425 ∞

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) max auto 0.00 536 ∞

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 0.38 439 1158

Alcatel Idol 4S 0.00 373 ∞

Alcatel Idol 4S (Max auto) 0:00 684 ∞

You'll have absolutely no problems using the Axon 7 outside, even in colorful sunlight. The phone's sunlight contrast ratio is among the best around, in spite of the relatively low maximum brightness.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    4.439

  • OnePlus 3

    4.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    4.376

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    4.247

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • ZTE Axon 7

    4.154

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite

    3.983

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3.964

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    3.956

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    3.918

  • Samsung Galaxy C5

    3.911

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

    3.896

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    3.817

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.802

  • LG V20 Max auto

    3.798

  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    3.798

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3.795

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3.789

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Microsoft Lumia 650

    3.772

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    3.756

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    3.709

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    3.694

  • Apple iPhone SE

    3.681

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Meizu PRO 6

    3.659

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3.588

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.523

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    3.523

  • Acer Jade Primo

    3.521

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • nubia Z11

    3.466

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • LG V20

    3.402

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    3.234

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Huawei P9

    3.195

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    3.105

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Sony Xperia X

    2.989

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Huawei Mate 8

    2.949

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    2.913

  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra

    2.906

  • LG G5

    2.905

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2.803

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2.735

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Huawei P9 Lite

    2.679

  • Vivo V3Max

    2.659

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.609

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    2.567

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Lenovo Moto G4

    2.544

  • Oppo F1

    2.528

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c

    2.506

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Oppo F1s

    2.481

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    2.473

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Huawei nova

    2.467

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Lenovo Vibe K5

    2.459

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • Sony Xperia E5

    2.386

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    2.378

  • HTC 10

    2.378

  • Huawei nova plus

    2.329

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2.254

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

    2.145

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Acer Liquid X2

    2.084

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    1.996

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m3 note

    1.923

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

Battery life

The ZTE Axon 7 features a 3250mAh Li-Po battery, which is a bit larger than the one found in the OnePlus 3 (3000mAh). Axon 7's battery features Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech, which allows you to fill the battery up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Naturally, we put Axon 7's battery through its paces in our Endurance rating and the result is a rating of 70 hours (66 hours with the two SIM card slots filled in). That's slightly better than the OnePlus 3's result of 66 hours with a single SIM.


ZTE boasts the phone to last 16 hours of talk time and our test confirms this. And to hold the comparison with the OnePlus 3 a step further, the Axon 7 manages to beat it in the web browsing test by a comfortable margin of 3 hours. In video playback, however, the Axon 7 lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes less.

ZTE has equipped the Axon 7 with a plethora of battery saving features. For starters, you have the "Smart power-save" option, which adjusts the Central Processing Units (CPU) frequency according to usage scenarios. When the juice goes below 15%, the "ultra power saving mode" kick is. It makes the classy screen go black and white and disables Mobile data, Bluetooth and GPS, reduces brightness and enables faster sleep mode.






Elaborate Power Usage app

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Connectivity

The Axon 7 is properly equipped in terms of connectivity. The radio support includes up to four 2G bands, five 3G bands, and a slew of 4G bands. The LTE connectivity is Cat.7 which means up to 300Mbps downlink and up to 150Mbps uplink.

It comes with a hybrid nano-SIM/microSD slot. The secondary card can only hook to 2G networks while the primary one gets the full set of cellular connectivity.

There's a full set of a/b/g/n/ac Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standards on both the 2.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and 5Giga Hertz (GHz) bands, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct, hotspot and DLNA media sharing on supported TVs and PCs.

The GPS support includes A-GPS and GLONASS. Sadly, there isn't an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio present.

A 3.5mm jack provides the standard audio connectivity option. There is the recent Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C connector for charging and data connections. Mind you, it defaults to charge-only every single time you connect it to a PC, and you have to manually switch the mode from the notification area if you want to do something else.


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