This BMW-designed smartphone gives the Galaxy S7 a run for its money

Zte axon 7

As far as smartphones go, ZTE is relatively unknown in the US, but the Chinese company’s latest smartphone should help change that.

The new Axon 7 smartphone is ZTE’s latest premium flagship smartphone, and it could truly give the Samsung Galaxy S7 a run for its money, even more so than the other big smartphones from LG, HTC, and Motorola.

The Axon 7 offers high-end specs for at least $100 less than other premium flagships from well-known companies.

Check out the Axon 7 to see how it can compete with the latest and greatest Android smartphones.

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