Have you been wanting to experience Google's Daydream for some time now, but don't have the spare $600 to buy a VR-ready smartphone and another $79 to buy the Daydream VR headset? Fret no more. ZTE has you covered with its Axon 7 flagship phone, which can be purchased for $400. If you already own the ZTE Axon 7, so much the better. Just download the Android 7.0 Nougat software update to your handset, and it will automatically be VR-ready.
Earlier, ZTE already made the claim that its flagship was VR-ready, but users were not able to use this feature because the phone ran on Android Marshmallow. The Nougat is the mobile OS that will make Google Daydream functional.
VR-Ready Phone Lineup Grows Larger With ZTE Axon 7
What has previously turned off users from purchasing the Google Daydream is its limited compatibility. Although the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have better quality, the Google Daydream is a sound VR headset on its own, and with ZTE's announcement, the virtual reality ecosystem has grown even more.
With the addition of the ZTE Axon 7, the total number of Google Daydream-ready phones are now five. The other handsets in the lineup are Google Pixel, Motorola Moto Z, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, and Asus ZenFone AR. Out of this lineup, the ZTE Axon 7 is a standout because of its affordable price.
The ZTE Axon 7 Is A Solid Mid-Ranger
Setting aside its VR capabilities, the ZTE Axon 7 would still be a solid pick though and through. ZTE's midrange phone runs on a respectable Snapdragon 820 processor. It has 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of built-in memory, and up to 128 GB of expandable storage. Its metal unibody chassis gives the unit a premium feel, and makes it easy on the eyes.
Another outstanding feature of the phone is its audio quality. It uses Dolby Atmos audio technology, and it has two speakers out in the front. The advanced chipset also allows the phone to play and record crisp, high-quality audio.
Own An Axon 7 Unit? Then Buy The Google Daydream At A Huge Discount
With the software update to Nougat, Axon 7 users can now enjoy a wider selection of emojis, the ability to run apps side by side, and a better battery life. If you already own a unit, then now is definitely the best time to own Google's Daydream headset as well.
The VR headset is currently selling at Google Store for only $49, which is $30 cheaper than its regular price of $79. Google's discount promo will run until Feb. 25.