As it was possible to understand from the name, it is the reduced version of a leader of ZTE Axon who, unfortunately, is not going to come to the Russian retail yet. Axon Mini first of all is interesting by the appearance, production materials, the screen and performance. Important plus is existence of different variations of protection of access to the device which are not often noticeable in the mobile market today. The price remains the most disputed issue still. In the overview we will find out a novelty essence, and we will begin by tradition with packaging.
Packaging and set of delivery
ZTE Axon Mini is delivered in packaging, modest on design, but at the same time quite large by the sizes – 168 x 92 x 75 mm. At the same time the vendor used the textured cardboard qualitative, very pleasant, soft, but dense to the touch.
The box quite difficult, adjustment very good opens. On top the smartphone in a soft substrate lies, further there is an envelope with documentation, a transparent plastic cover and a paper clip for withdrawal of a tray of SIM. In depth of a box the battery charger, an USB cable and the complete wire stereo headset was located. Quality of production of accessories good. The USB cable is soft, the typeface is executed using "not getting confused wires" technology, and the battery charger is to the touch perfectly built and made of normal plastic. In general there are no claims to packaging and its quality. After unpacking there is a good impression, it is visible that the vendor did not miss importance of this "part".
Design, design features and display
The form factor of ZTE Axon Mini, literally, differs in nothing from millions of other gadgets – the same monoblock with the touch screen on the face. And here design quite unusual, and in the color provided on the overview, smartphones are issued seldom. At least, the large number of triangles which are accurately entered in design of the body strongly is evident, than and make pleasant impression about work of designers of ZTE. Dimensions of the smartphone are not really combined with concept "pass", but, nevertheless, they are balanced – 70 x 145.3 x 7.9 mm. Holding the smartphone in hand, heavy it to call difficult and objectively this quite easy device – only 132 grams.
In a hand the smartphone is arranged with comfort, corners, smoothed, and do not crash into a palm. A side framework very thin that adds positive impressions. Indents from below and on top within limits (which, as it is known – has no limits).
The ZTE Axon Mini body is executed of aviation aluminum. To the touch material pleasant also looks qualitative. Today the smartphone is available in silvery and golden color execution, and further promise release of pink and gold model. In general, smartphone not easily soiled and not slippery. There is a wish to estimate assembly and adjustment of parts perfectly well, all gaps equal, there are no scratches, nothing caves in and bends.
Front panel, let not entirely, but after all the tempered glass closes. On the official site of the ZTE company data on the vendor of such glass and its protective properties are not provided, however during testing it proved to be positively. Any defects on it did not appear, there is obviously a layer of an oleophobic covering. The finger slides on a surface perfectly.
I pay attention that, despite presence at the name of the smartphone of a prefix "mini", the screen is installed in the device to 5,2' '-inch. Matrix type – SUPER AMOLED, and permission of Full HD – 1920 x 1080 pixels. Density of pixels per inch makes 424 thanks to what it is not possible to consider pixels even at a short distance. There is no effect of "short flights of stairs", respectively. The display block is constructed on the OGS technology, between glass and a matrix there is no air layer. With a brightness and contrast the smartphone will have no problems, the image juicy and bright. And in the dark it is possible to expose comfortable value of brightness that did not stick together an eye. Very much deep black color pleases though it is natural to a matrix of this kind. But shortcomings of this technology, most likely, too did not disappear anywhere, white color a little rather dirty. Viewing angles are maximum, there is practically no distortion of flowers. It is difficult to call a color rendition natural. In my opinion, colors are slightly oversaturated. The display supports up to 10 simultaneous contacts, there is also automatic brightness control. It works normally, values are selected in general correct and is quite bright.
On parts. At the face on top there is a front-facing camera, sensors of illumination and approach, almost at the same level the LED indicator of notifications is located. It lights up approximately once in two seconds, ignition smooth. But here it was not succeeded to find settings of operation of the indicator. Slightly above the display block under perforation the earpiece is hidden. And behind the lower setochka there was a colloquial microphone.
The main loudspeaker one, with it problems does not arise. Sounds quite loudly and rather accurately, but ploskovato. The earpiece has a good stock on volumes, the speech of the interlocutor legible. To the smartphone microphone there are no claims too. At conversation all interlocutors claimed that the speech is legible, and extraneous noises are practically absent. On the back there is an additional microphone for noise reduction.
In the neighbourhood with the additional microphone on the back panel the block consisting of the main camera and double LED flash was located. The block is covered with the uniform tempered glass. Slightly below accurately the square scanner of fingerprints fits into design. The arrangement is rather disputable, such solution will please not all. From pluses I will note its fast work. From below it is empty, only a logo of the vendor and mentioning that the design of a gadget was developed in the USA.
At an end face on top – an output for earphones, from below – Micro USB. At the left on top a key of inclusion and a tray for SIM. On the right volume control swing. Buttons are executed of the same aluminum, as the body. Are clicked with characteristic click pleasant aurally, do not lyuftit.
Hardware component, performance and software platform
In recent years many got used that in the majority of the Chinese smartphones solutions of the MediaTek company are applied. Well it or is bad – it is difficult to claim. However today we will talk about the solution ZTE to use the Qualcomm chip and how such choice is swept up at real use.
In ZTE Axon Mini 64-bit SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM 8939 is set. In it the eight-nuclear processor of ARM Cortex-A53 family constructed on 28 nanometers to technical process and working at the maximum clock frequency of 1,5 GHz is concluded. And the Adreno 405 chip is responsible for graphics. Random access memory in the GB smartphone 3, in not loaded mode well to about two. The base internal memory 32 Gbytes, are also supported memory sticks. Available to the user "from a box" under personal needs order of 25 gigabytes.
The smartphone proves to be from the good party in the majority synthetic tests, but I want to remind that ZTE Axon Mini – a gadget with Full HD a matrix, and Adreno 405 is hardly given this permission for full-measured work. In this regard, of course, there is a small lag according to graphic tests when comparing with competitors. However, in daily work of claims to the device is not present at all. The interface works smoothly and quickly, when surfing "logs" was not noticed. Applications are opened quickly, switchings between them are also fast and smooth. It is possible to look at results of testing under a spoiler slightly below.
As for games? In game performance the smartphone, unfortunately, not the equal player even with last year's top solutions, however to play with comfort quite perhaps. Dead Trigger 2 is comfortable on average settings of graphics, behind an exception unless "heavy" scenes, in them sags of FPS are noticeable. Igrabilna on the same Real Racing 3 settings. Problems with graphics in this game were not noticed. GTA: San Andreas podlagivat on the minimum settings, but if there is a strong wish – too it is possible to play.
Everything corresponds to the level of the set SoC. It is necessary to refer weak heating of the device to pluses of this solution, taktilno the smartphone is not felt "hot" even at execution of complex resource-intensive challenges. As basic operation system serves Android 5.1.1. Over pure system the cover from the vendor, MiFavor, the version – 3.2 is set. Root-access is closed. Software updating is available to air. With localization there are no problems, with fonts too. To pluses the fact that the firmware is not overloaded with applications from third-party vendors. In fact, available only branded software useful more and packet of Google apps. Any explicit bugs in system were not revealed, all works steadily well.
For acquaintance with the interface, traditionally, I will give a packet of screenshots.
From the most interesting counters there is a wish to note a wide choice of a possibility of an unblocking of a gadget. The option on recognition of a voice, and also retina by means of the branded SkyEye technology is available. And, by itself, classical option – an unblocking on a fingerprint. The first two methods are rather unstable and quite difficult applied in everyday life, unlike the fingerprint scanner. It works really well and without "glitches" — enough once to put a finger that it worked, and two times if the smartphone long stayed idle.
Only I will refer existence of an opportunity to hide virtual keys in all applications standard instruments of settings and to interchange the position of control buttons to pluses. The smartphone in general is rather rich in settings that can be seen on screenshots.
As for a multmediyny component of the smartphone, by means of AnTuTu Video Tester the exact quantity of the supported video formats was checked. I suggest to get acquainted with results, they are worth obviously it.
Problems with a video playback from a network at the smartphone did not arise. A musical player, as well as other standard applications of pleasant appearance in style of the general interface. Applications are convenient at operation. Problems with reproduction of music in different formats do not arise.
Subjectively it was pleasant to me how plays the smartphone. Testing of the device happened to earphones of Sony-MDR 1R. On feelings the gadget plays loudly, there is a volume stock, sounding volume and detailed. Noises or distortions it was not noticed by me.
Wireless interfaces and communication
ZTE Axon Mini, perhaps, supports the most part of the communication modules demanded for daily use. Namely, the smartphone can work in GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies (900/1800 MHz), WCDMA/HSPA+ (900/2100 MHz) and LTE (1800/2100 / 2600 MHz). Also there is Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and also GPS A-GPS/GLONASS. The dialing programs application and a SMS messenger on design are more approximate to functionality of standard Google'ovskikh of applications.
Failures in work or with the connections connected with communication modules no. Cold start of GPS takes about two minutes, and hot around a poluminuta or it is even slightly less. Positioning accuracy is very good, tracking at the movement — smooth. The smartphone provides a stable relation with satellites. Steadily holds the LTE network where it is present according to the operator. However, with other types of connection (3G, 2G) too problems were not. Completely the smartphone lost a network unless in the elevator of a residential apartment house, but such test was not passed yet by not one smartphone.
Accumulator and operating time
ZTE Axon Mini is equipped with the fixed battery with a capacity of 2 800 mAh. The smartphone is charged with the complete charger approximately in 2,5 hours prior to 100% of value.
Before tests of real operation I carried out the test to AnTuTu Tester and GFX which results lower and I show.
In everyday life it is impossible to call indicators of autonomous work the best. At moderately active use there are standard days of work from which about 5-5,5 hours of the active display. At Avtoyarkosti's use, this indicator it is possible, both to reduce, and to increase approximately for an hour, everything depends on operating conditions. In Dead Trigger 2 the smartphone was discharged completely in 3,5 hours at the brightness of 50-60%. At a continuous video playback in 1080r, the smartphone held on 4,5 hours. Night "zhor" in standby mode was minimum and made no more than 3% of a charge. At more economic use and rational approach to execution of tasks on a gadget, I will assume that the general operating time can be finished about two days and the same indicators of operation of the screen with dispersion ± hour.
In ZTE Axon Mini the vendor installed two camera modules, frontal on 8.0 MT and the main on 13.0 Mpiks. The module of double LED flash supplements the main camera. On the front-facing camera especially there is nothing to speak, she removes enough so-so. There is not a small number of noise and "washed" at the edges. And here the main camera removes already much better that, however, is not surprising. At day, good lighting to receive a sharp, juicy picture does not make big work. Not bad the camera will cope also with the macro-modes. In the dark quality of the received photo considerably falls, but, nevertheless, at desire it is possible to try to make a quite good picture and in such mode of lighting. However, efforts it is necessary to attach much and better to pass into the manual mode, otherwise nothing will be visible or the picture "will be greased".
The application interface "Camera" is standard for all gadgets of ZTE. In general the application saturated functional elements with which at the same time it is not difficult to deal. There are different modes of shooting, including manual, and also extensive settings of the camera.
Instead of the conclusion
Actually, during testing ZTE Axon Miniof proved as the balanced and interesting gadget to a large extent. It is difficult to find powerful faults of the device. As it seems to me, Axon Mini will occupy a niche between present leaders and last year's. The only nuance is its cost. And curiosity of the consumer or his conscious choice will act as motivation to purchase. Anyway you should not expect disappointments.
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