ZTE Axon Elite to debut in PH end-September as OnePlus 2 rival

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Chinese manufacturer ZTE may not be as popular in the Philippines as in its native China and in other parts of the world, but that may soon change with the arrival of the ZTE Axon Elite. Haven’t heard of it? You’re not alone. Few have. It was announced a few hours ago, for heaven’s sake.

Back to the Axon Elite: It’s an improved version of the highly praised Axon smartphone that preceded it. By “improved” I mean it now has a fingerprint reader on the rear and an SD card slot inside its mostly metal body. Also, the backplate, unlike the ZTE Axon’s, has leather accents on the top and bottom edges to give the phone an executive appeal. The change in build materials doesn’t seem to go well with the rest of the exterior, but that’s just my opinion.

Elsewhere, there are more gimmicky add-ons, such as a retina scanner and a voice-recognition feature, that give you more ways to unlock the device. The Axon Elite also sports a dual-camera setup on the rear for improved depth perception and a front-facer that shoots 8-megapixel stills.

Underneath the 5.5-inch, full-resolution display is a mighty Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. A 3,000mAh non-removable battery powers the whole thing. I know what you’re thinking: Those specs are similar to the innards of the OnePlus 2. Indeed, they are. And like OnePlus’ second smartphone, this ZTE won’t put a large dent on your budget.

According to Android Authority, the Axon Elite will retail for 419.99 Euros (around P22,000) and is slated to debut in the Philippines by the end of September. Stay tuned for more information as we near the phone’s supposed launch.

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ZTE Axon video review courtesy of Android Authority

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.