ZTE isn’t exactly known for premium smartphones, but now the Chinese company is taking a stab at delivering something that’s a bit on the higher-end. It doesn’t exactly set any records, but it’s definitely a decent piece of hardware — and its internals are about on par with that of this year’s Samsung, LG, and HTC headliners…

Inside, you’re going to find a 5.5-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of flash storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie shooter, a 3,000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge support, and the usual connectivity interfaces including support for several LTE bands, WiFi, and Bluetooth. All of this is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (which, hopefully, doesn’t have any overheating problems).

The company isn’t just bumping the hardware, though. ZTE says that the phone will come with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty, and that the phone will be receiving the latest and greatest Android releases as they become available. Right now, the phone is shipping with Android 5.1 on board. It makes sense: this phone was made for the US, and doesn’t have the typical dual-SIM slots found on the usual Asian-originating phones.

Axon costs $449.98 directly from ZTE, Amazon, and other retailers. Shipments are set to begin at the end of the month.

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