I have used the ZTE Axon Elite for a week now and in this article, I will be giving out my impressions of the phone. There is lots to love about this phone but at the same time, it phone is plagued with small bugs. Nothing major but it is there. For the money you are paying, you are getting an excellent hardware. The phone packs Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, dual rear camera and 3000mAh battery. You get all of these for just Rs.33,900.
For those unaware, ZTE Axon Elite is the 2015 flagship phone from ZTE. The moment you hold the phone in your hand, you know that the phone is made from high-quality premium material. Being a flagship phone, you get all the goodies including excellent build quality. Here is a quick run down of specs of the ZTE Elite Nepal edition:
- 5.5-inch 2.5D Curved 1080p Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810SoC (Thankfully there’s no thermal throttling)
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB Internal Storage
- Dual SIM Functionality
- 13MP/2MP Dual Rear Camera setup
- 8MP Front Camera
- 3000mAh non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge
- Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
The first thing you will love about the ZTE Axon Elite has to be its design. Our review unit was painted in Gold color and it looked excellent. The front side of the phone is what looks the most attractive. There are two grills at the front where two speakers are placed. Unfortunately, only one is loud speaker and the other one is earpiece. There are no physical buttons and everything including navigation is done on-screen.
Look at the back of the phone and you will be greeted with dual camera along side with dual LED flash. Beneath the dual camera sits a fingerprint scanner which works extremely well.
Talking about fingerprint scanner, it’s not the only way you can unlock the phone. You can unlock the phone using Eye scanner as well as Sound Unlock. Both of them are fancy and fun to use but not very useful. They are slow to work and most of the times, you will reach for the fingerprint scanner.
From the specs sheet, everything looks good except for the software it runs in. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is a relatively old version of Android that was launched back in 2014. And it is the biggest flaw of the phone. The software of the phone doesn’t feel all that refined even though the software is more than powerful to handle day-to-day tasks. And the saddest part is the fact the phone is unlikely to receive software updates in the future. If you are okay with the old software, the ZTE Axon Elite is an excellent phone that packs a really powerful hardware.
We will keep you posted about the ZTE Axon Elite in the days to come. The phone is much better than other mid range phones in the same price range if you are fine using the old version of Android.