ZTE lifts lid on Axon mini Android smartphone pricing and specs

Like Apple's latest iPhones, the mini version of ZTE's Axon flagship smartphone will also feature a pressure-sensitive touchscreen.

ZTE will begin offering two variants of the Axon mini. Image: ZTE

Chinese handset-maker ZTE has revealed more about the pricing, specs, and availability of the mini version of its Axon flagship smartphone.

Following on from ZTE's US launch of its $450 flagship Axon in July, the company has announced it will begin offering two variants of its smaller sibling. Although the mini was also unveiled in July, ZTE has only now revealed prices.

The device is launching in ZTE's home market first and will be arriving in coming months in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Turkey.

In Europe, the Axon premium edition will cost €389 while the standard variant will cost €329. ZTE has yet to confirm whether the device will be shipped to the US, but pricing in US dollars is listed for the Asia-Pacific region, where it will charge $439 and $379 for the premium and standard variants, respectively.

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It will also be available in Russia, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, and India.

The Axon mini will feature ZTE's pressure-sensitive touchscreen which, like that available on Apple's latest iPhones, can introduce new ways for users to interact with apps, games, and the device's interface.

Joining ZTE's flagship family, the budget-priced Axon mini still has a number of features to boast about, including what it says is a Boeing 787-grade aluminium-titanium alloy on the body, a 13-megapixel main camera, and an eight-megapixel selfie snapper. Adding to its premium feel, the 5.2-inch super AMOLED FHD display is on a curved-edged glass screen.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octacore processor and Adreno 405 GPU, its specifications include a 2800mAh battery, 3GB RAM, 32GB on board storage, and SD card expansion up to 128GB. Both variants wail be available in gold, silver, and rose gold.

ZTE has not spelt out the extra features that allow the premium version Axon mini to justify its higher price.

The devices also support fingerprint, voice control, and eye-scan biometric authentication. Which version of Android the Axon mini will ship with has not yet been revealed, although its larger sibling launched with the then-current Android 5.1.1. So, given the time frame, it is possible that the Axon mini will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

ZTE has carved out a spot in the US as the fourth-largest smartphone maker and the second-largest off-contract vendor. In Europe, according to Kantar's recent sale figures, Huawei has proved popular in the no-contract markets in Spain and Italy but ZTE is not yet a top-10 vendor in Europe's big five markets.

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