ZTE Axon 7 will use AKM audio tech, aims to be an audiophiles dream


ZTE are taking audio serious with the Axon 7 and have employed professors and even opened a new audio lab to get the most from the new phone.

In the early years of Chinese smartphones it was really easy to make a headline device, all you needed was a big screen, more cores and a half decent design, but things have come along way.

Across the whole spectrum of Chinese phones we are now seeing brands pick up features that they want their devices to be known for. We’ve seen phone brands create niches for themselves with larger batteries, we’ve seen Oppo rebrand themselves as ‘camera phone’ maker, but the biggest trend is audio.

ZTE are the latest brand to what customers to enjoy better audio and are trying to create the best sounding smartphone on the market, one to rival Vivo.

In a press release today it has been revealed that ZTE have opened up an audio lab for handsets (focusing on all audio and sound experiences from ringtones to music) and has hired professors to work on the project.

This all sounds good but what hardware will ZTE incorporate to achieve they goals? Well the company have teamed with what AKM to use their latest chipset, the AK4961. This high-tech audio processor offers high performance 32-bit advanced audio CODEC with DSP for smartphones.

With this new technology music will sound just as the artist intended but even spoken work (i.e from your navigation software) is going to sound clearer than before.

In earlier leaks from TENAA it has been revealed that the design of the Axon 7 has dual front facing speakers and a rear fingerprint scanner. Hardware includes a 2K display, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 chipset and 20 mega-pixel rear camera.

ZTE will laugh the Axon 7 in Beijing on the 26th May and we plan to review the phone shortly after.

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30 Comments

  1. May 17, 2016

    “ZTE will laugh the Axon 7 in Beijing” ;D

    For audio i have my Fiio player. This phone looks good, but if i remember correctly it will have 3000mah battery. With 2k screen + ability to play lossless formats i see the battery going down really quickly.

  2. MaxPower
    May 17, 2016

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    It’s really annoying having the chance to only read the last 4 entries.

    • Rob
      May 17, 2016

      It’s not just me then, really annoying and so easy to miss something especially on a mobile device.

    • May 17, 2016

      Yep. Same issue here:/

      • MaxPower
        May 17, 2016

        It has been awhile now. I reported the issue few weeks ago but still nothing.
        I’m reading the articles on another blog but it’s not the same, I like this better. The community of disqus is more active here too.

        • King
          May 17, 2016

          Hitting the search button every time to see beyond the latest 4 entries is now becoming a habit for me. That’s how I am navigating to the articles beyond the latest 4.

          • MaxPower
            May 17, 2016

            Wow, thanks pal.
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            • King
              May 19, 2016

              My pleasure mate!

        • Yeti hand
          May 18, 2016

          Yeaaaaah Maxpower sensei is right

    • King
      May 17, 2016

      +1

  3. Roni
    May 17, 2016

    Correct spelling in the end of article “zte will laugh*** ( * launch) 🙂

  4. MUG3NHC
    May 17, 2016

    “ZTE will laugh the Axon 7 in Beijing” ;D

    For audio i have my Fiio player. This phone looks good, but if i remember correctly it will have 3000mah battery. With 2k screen + ability to play lossless formats i see the battery going down really quickly.

  5. jimberkas
    May 17, 2016

    this will be a nice phone. but it will be expensive. i quite like ZTE and i might pick it up next year when i can buy it half price.

  6. MaxPower
    May 17, 2016

    Hey Andi, why it’s taking so long to fix the website?
    It’s really annoying having the chance to only read the last 4 entries.

    • Rob
      May 17, 2016

      It’s not just me then, really annoying and so easy to miss something especially on a mobile device.

    • MUG3NHC
      May 17, 2016

      Yep. Same issue here:/

    • MaxPower
      May 17, 2016

      It has been awhile now. I reported the issue few weeks ago but still nothing.
      I’m reading the articles on another blog but it’s not the same, I like this better. The community of disqus is more active here too.

    • King
      May 18, 2016

      +1

    • King
      May 18, 2016

      Hitting the search button every time to see beyond the latest 4 entries is now becoming a habit for me. That’s how I am navigating to the articles beyond the latest 4.

    • MaxPower
      May 18, 2016

      Wow, thanks pal.
      I didn’t know this trick and I can’t believe how many articles I’ve missed!

      Basically hitting the search button I have all the articles sorted by date and that’s much better than the old layout with the categories.

      At this point I don’t care if they fix it, I’ll stay with this one 🙂

    • Yeti hand
      May 18, 2016

      Yeaaaaah Maxpower sensei is right

    • King
      May 19, 2016

      My pleasure mate!

  7. Guest
    May 17, 2016

    Correct spelling in the end of article “zte will laugh*** ( * launch) 🙂

  8. jimberkas
    May 17, 2016

    this will be a nice phone. but it will be expensive. i quite like ZTE and i might pick it up next year when i can buy it half price.

  9. Karly Johnston
    May 18, 2016

    I laugh at every ZTE launch.

  10. quodvadis
    May 18, 2016

    And then it won’t have microsd slot, some ‘audiophile’ phone indeed lol

  11. Karly Johnston
    May 18, 2016

    I laugh at every ZTE launch.

  12. njren
    May 18, 2016

    The AKM chip is an all-in-one solution, as in ADC/DAC, amplifier, DSP all built in. Since AKM has done all the heavy lifting, don’t think ZTE needs to build a lab and hire “professors” to figure it out.

  13. quodvadis
    May 18, 2016

    And then it won’t have microsd slot, some ‘audiophile’ phone indeed lol

  14. Guest
    May 18, 2016

    The AKM chip is an all-in-one solution, as in ADC/DAC, amplifier, DSP all built in. Since AKM has done all the heavy lifting, don’t think ZTE needs to build a lab and hire “professors” to figure it out.