Amidst Sony, Samsung, Alcatel, and other announcements at IFA 2015, ZTE launched the global version of its Axon smartphone, the ZTE Axon Elite. The handset will reach France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom on September 24. Turkey, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Russia and the Philippines would get the smartphone later. ZTE has priced that Axon Elite at EUR 419.99 (roughly Rs. 31,100).
The dual-SIM ZTE Axon Elite comes with similar specifications like seen in the original ZTE Axon (aka Axon Pro), which was launched in the US in July this year at $449.98 unlocked (roughly Rs. 28,500). The differences between the two models are that while the ZTE Axon has QHD (1440x2560 pixels) resolution display, the Axon Elite comes with lower full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) resolution display. However, the Axon Elite comes with biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint, voice and eye scanning sensors, which are not there in the ZTE Axon.
The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based ZTE Axon Elite features a 5.5-inch display, and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (quad-core 1.5GHz + quad-core 2GHz) processor clubbed with Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
The highlights of the metal-clad ZTE Axon Elite is its dual-lens (13-megapixel + 2-megapixel) rear camera with BSI CMOS sensor and dual-LED flash. The dual-lens camera lets users refocus an object after the image has been captured. The rear camera can also record videos in 4K resolution. The smartphone houses an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It also bears 32GB of inbuilt storage and misses out on microSD card expansion. The connectivity features included in ZTE Axon Elite are 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and USB. The smartphone is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.