ZTE Launches Flagship AXON 7 Smartphone, Endorsed by World Renowned Pianist Lang Lang

ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, officially unveiled its latest flagship device, the AXON 7, at the Park Hyatt in Beijing today. During the launch, it was also announced that Lang Lang, a world renowned pianist, will be the brand ambassador to ZTE’s high-end flagship AXON smartphone series. The device will first be launched in China, with international launches including the United States, Europe, and other regions to follow shortly after.

The AXON 7 was designed for people to enjoy a smart lifestyle enhanced by technology, focusing on what matters most to users today; immersive theater-like sound, eye catching design, and a high quality camera, all in the palm of one’s hand.

World-Renowned Pianist as Brand Ambassador

“We’re proud to have Lang Lang endorsing AXON 7. He is highly popular and influential both at home and abroad, and has become China’s cultural and musical icon to many countries around the world. These are similarities we share when it comes to ZTE’s global market success,” said Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices. “Not only does the AXON 7 mirror Lang Lang’s urban and sophisticated style, we’ve also designed the smartphone especially for music and audio lovers. We’ve consulted music professors, and set up a dedicated sound design lab to achieve the best sound possible. We’re confident that the AXON 7 will become the smartphone of choice for business as well as ordinary people that appreciate exceptional sound quality anywhere, anytime with our AXON 7.”

Design Inspired by Luxury Cars

To design for a world where the demand for sophisticated and integrative devices is rapidly increasing, ZTE Mobile Devices has partnered with Designworks, a subsidiary of BMW Group. This partnership resulted in the flawless fusion where aesthetics meets functionality.

With a focus to enhance the human aspects of the user interaction with AXON, a highly intuitive user experience was offered. Designworks optimized the authentication process on the AXON 7, where it is more intuitive and easy. Users simply need to tap an index finger on the back of the phone where the user’s index finger naturally grips it. The AXON 7’s fingerprint placement minimizes the risk of dropping the smartphone and that of smudging the camera during intuitive use.

With a design that is sleek, smooth, easy to carry and offers an exterior that is both stylish and user friendly, the AXON 7 is a smartphone that is timely and timeless in its appeal.

Power of Sound from Within

In order to create the ultimate audio experience for the AXON 7, ZTE invited a team of music conservatory professors to provide the company with counsel. In audio technology, the AXON 7 incorporates dual-speaker, Hi-Fi quality sound coming from two dedicated audio chips AK4961 and AK4490 from AKM, Dolby Atmos surround sound, as well as top of the line configuration to enable exceptional sound quality experiences. This results in resonating vocals and clearly spoken automated voices, such as in maps navigation. Therefore, the AXON 7 sports leading audio not just for playback but also for recording, and it is able to clearly pick up voices up to eight meters from the device.

Camera Function Comparable to a Single-Lens Reflex Camera

A smartphone with the ability to take high quality photographs is one of the key features that users are asking for and the AXON 7 fulfils that need. With a camera function that is similar to a SLR professional-quality camera, ZTE achieved fast and accurate photography by reducing visual noise that normally impedes photos taken from a smartphone. Its 20-megapixel rear camera uses dual image stabilization technology, advanced auto focus, exposure, scene selection and white balance to automatically detect ambient light changes. The combination of these technologies enable users to take great photographs effortlessly.

At the launch, ZTE also revealed a new VR device, named ZTE VR. The VR device will complement AXON 7’s stunning 2k WQHD AMOLED display, Hi-Fi / Dolby Atmos surround sound, and dual built-in speakers. In addition, ZTE is also among the first companies to support Daydream, Google’s platform for high performance mobile VR with AXON 7.

The AXON 7 comes in three versions: basic, standard and premium. The AXON 7 can be pre-ordered starting May 26 via Starting June 2, the AXON 7 will be fully available for purchase online and in person at stores.

Pricing for the AXON 7:

Basic edition: 2,899 RMB
Standard edition: 3,299 RMB
Premium edition: 4,099 RMB

ZTE VR is priced at 518 RMB.

AXON 7 Specs:


7 modes 22 bands, dual SIM, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, international roaming to USA, Europe, Asia and other regions (China Version SKU only)

TDD-LTE: B38/39/40/41; FDD-LTE: B1/2/3/5/7/8;

TD-SCDMA: B34/39; WCDMA: B1/2/5/8;

CDMA 1X/EVDO: BC0; GSM: B2/3/5/8

Platform Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz CPU
Operating System MiFavor4.0 (based on Android 6.0)
Dimensions 151.7×75×7.9mm
Screen 5.5-in., 2560*1440, WQHD AMOLED, 2.5D
Cameras Rear: 20MP, PDAF + closed-loop instant autofocus, OIS (optical image stabilization), F1.8 aperture

Front: 8 MP, FF Aperture F2.2, smart facial beautification

Battery 3250mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
Memory 4GB RAM+ 64GB ROM, 128GB TF Supported

6GB RAM+ 128GB ROM, 128GB TF Supported

Interfaces 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C, Dual SIM 4FF
Audio Dual Hi-Fi chipset: AK4961 + AK4490

Dual speaker

Additional features Dolby Atmos Surround Sound

Force Touch (available in premium version)

Fingerprint 3.0 recognition


ZTE VR Specs:

Dimensions 185.3×85.3×76.7mm
Sensor functionality Built-in 9-axis gyro sensor
Viewing adjustments Lens effect distance: 8mm

Vision: 0-600 degrees

Pupil Distance: Auto adaptive

Lens Field of vision: 96 degrees

Material: PMMA

Diameter: 38 mm

Parameter: Aspherical lens

Material Body: PC + ABS

Face mask: TPU + sponge

Belt: Artificial leather + diving cloth

Weight 255 grams (Only headset)