ZTE Axon Pro comes to Canada through Newegg

Daniel Bader

January 20, 2016 6:30pm

Last November, ZTE and Fido partnered to bring the Chinese company’s Axon smartphone to Canada, a well-designed mid-range Android smartphone with software concessions, designed specifically for the North American market.

While it rankled a few people that a device sold unlocked directly from ZTE in the U.S., was locked and exclusive to a single carrier in Canada, fans of the handset now have another option to obtain a version of the device.

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The Axon Pro, which launched months after the original, is now available unlocked and unbranded through Newegg’s Canadian portal. Featuring a higher-resolution 5.5-inch 2560×1440 pixel LCD display than its 1080p counterpart, the Axon Pro also boasts an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and a 3,000mAh battery, all powering a relatively clean version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The phone is compatible with every Canadian carrier on both LTE and HSPA+.

When it was released last summer, the Axon Pro was well-received, with Android Central’s Jerry Hildenbrand calling it “one of the best phones in its price range,” and PCMag’s Sascha Segan noting it is “handsome and powerful. The Verge derided the phone’s middle-of-the-pack design and specs, with reviewer Dan Seifert saying “[he] just can’t tell who it’s for.”

Unfortunately, the timing is pretty bad for ZTE, with Newegg selling the Axon Pro for a troubling $649.99, on the verge of major Android announcements at Mobile World Congress next month. While it does surpass the now invite-free OnePlus 2 in some ways, the Axon Pro may be priced too high in a Canadian market full of cheaper alternatives.

The ZTE Axon Pro is available in gold or silver.

  • deltatux

    That’s quite pricey, hard to get this over the OnePlus 2, not sure how often ZTE will update Android for…

    • Ronald Chow

      Well you do get a 2k screen and quickcharge 2.0 and styling is what you take it as. Also has high definition audio and NFC. Personally NFC and good audio is important.

  • Theo

    Is that an HTC One M8 esque dual camera on it? Can it do 3D pics?

    • jfbaudio

      Bokeh is about as far as it goes

  • gommer strike

    At that price tag they should have put the latest OS on it. Not last gen’s.

    • Ronald Chow

      This phone has been out for many months in US and other parts of the world. It isn’t surprising that it is on lollipop. Lollipop is very current gen. Very few have Android M e.g. my unlocked M9 directly from HTC Canada.

    • gommer strike

      “Lollipop is very current gen.”

      I highly doubt that the Android community would agree with that. But hey don’t look at me. I’m just the messenger here. You be the evangelist for Lollipop, I’m just the guy hiding behind you and peeking over your shoulder, yo.

  • Raj Singh

    I expect high-end Android (and Windows Phone) devices to cost around 750 Canadian dollars. They should have waited a couple months and put the 820 in it.

    • manpreet singh

      Then that version would have come out in Canada beginning of next year lol

    • Raj Singh

      You can buy pretty much any phone as soon as it’s available in international markets as long as you’re willing to import and pay full price.

    • Ronald Chow

      This is an already 6 month old phone. 820 would be the next version of this phone.

  • Tech Guru

    at $450 this would be killer

  • Benny X

    The Axon mini was more interesting than this. at least it had force touch, though technically the huawei mate s was the first droid to incorporate it (and only a mere month after Apple’s iphone 6s debuted!).

  • dirtyKIMCHI

    Since it is not directly listed on the NewEgg site {it can be accessed from the ‘Warranty & Returns’ tab @ ‘Manufacturer Product Page’}, here are the network specs for the Axon Pro [these are from http://www.zteusa(.)com/axon-pro/]:

    LTE B2/B4/B5/B12/B17/B29/B30
    LTE IR B7/B3/B1/B13/B20
    USM/HSPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
    GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    CA Band 2/4 + Band 12/B17
    CA Band 2/4 + Band 29