ZTE Axon 7 is now the cheapest Google Daydream VR-ready phone

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by Sean Hollister February 7, 2017 1:31 PM PST @starfire2258

If you wanted to experience Google's Daydream before now, you had to drop some serious cash: over $600 for a Google Pixel or Moto Z handset, and another $79 for the VR headset itself.

The ZTE Axon 7 should make a Daydream investment a bit easier to swallow.

ZTE said Tuesday the $400 mid-range phone will now be Daydream-ready as well, once you download a software update that also brings Android 7.0 Nougat to the phone. The update should be available to download for every handset now, the company said.

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(Plus, you can still take advantage of Google's sale on the Daydream headset, which costs just $49 through Feb. 25.)

Mind you, we didn't like the ZTE Axon 7 quite as much as the similarly priced OnePlus 3, but my colleague Lynn La says it's still a solid pick with good battery life, a sharp screen and loud speakers. Here's her full review.

Perhaps Daydream support will push you over the edge. Or, if you already own an Axon 7, give you a reason to put a pair of nifty fabric-covered goggles on your head. Here's my review of the headset. Do note that we haven't tried this specific combination of Axon with Daydream yet.

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CNET Review

ZTE Axon 7 In both design and hardware performance, the Axon 7 is ZTE's best phone to date. But there are better alternatives.

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