The ZTE Axon Max is here, and it certainly is big at 6 inches, but the phablet sports a 1920 x 1080p display, which is a bit of a downgrade from the previously rumored 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution. A Quad HD screen on the Max would have seen it match Axon Pro’s display in terms of resolution.
Updated on 12-18-15 by Julian Chokkattu: Added official launch news of the ZTE Axon Max.
Like other devices in the Axon line, the Axon Max sports a metal frame, which will likely give it a premium feel. The device will run Android 5.1, but it’ll have ZTE’s MiFavor 3.5 skin on top. The Axon Elite had the MiFavor 3.2 user interface, too, and we were frustrated by it, so hopefully the new version of MiFavor offers some improvements.
The Axon Max was first spotted in October and was rumored to have the same specs as the Axon Pro, which was released earlier in the year. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The Axon Max will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, not the Snapdragon 810 processor that’s in the Pro. It’ll also have 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage space, Micro SD card support, and a fingerprint scanner. Following the trend of Google’s latest Nexus 5X and 6P, as well as the OnePlus 2, the Axon Max will also sport a USB Type-C port and supports QuickCharge 2.0 for speedy charging.
If the rumors were right about one thing, it’s the battery size. The Axon Max has a 4,140mAh battery, which should hopefully be more than enough to get through a busy day. The camera specs seem to be pretty top notch, with a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel front-facing one.
ZTE hasn’t made it clear if color options other than gold will be available, but we’ve reached out for comment, and will update this post as new information arrives.
You won’t be seeing Axon Max around anytime soon, though, as the phablet has only launched in China for 2,800 Yuan, which comes out to about $430. While the Axon Pro and Axon Mini made it to the U.S., it’s unclear if the Max will make its way to Western shores.