Chinese telecommunications and smartphone major ZTE today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone models in China. The new smartphones are part of the ZTE Axon 30 series and consist of two new devices. the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra and the Axon 30 Pro.
The unabashed flagship Axon 30 Ultra has put all the spotlight in the spotlight for obvious reasons, and we have. However, if you are interested in the less glamorous Axon 30 Pro, we have shared with you all the details related to this phone as well. Read everything about this phone here.
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is official
- With three (yes three!) 64 MP cameras and an 8 megapixel periscope camera
- 6.67 “144 Hz AMOLED display
- Gets the Snapdragon 888 SoC
- ZTE Axon 30 Pro also announced
First, let’s talk about the key features of the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra.
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: What You Need To Know
Quad cameras with three 64MP sensors!
It looks like we’re seeing an interesting camera trend on the flagships of 2021. Until recently, the main camera of most devices without exception was also equipped with the more advanced (and better) sensor. Secondary sensors, usually used for (less important?) Ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, use lower resolution and lower quality sensors. This was the case even with flagship devices.
Oppo was one of the first to put an end to this, and in the Oppo Find X3 Pro we saw the Chinese company use two high-end Sony IMX766 sensors for both the main camera and the ultra-wide camera . OnePlus and Xiaomi also seem to be taking a similar path with the OnePlus 9 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. And now it’s the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra’s turn to take things to the next level. This flagship smartphone has a quad camera setup with three cameras on the back with a resolution of 64 MP! Only the telephoto camera was spared and gets by with a relatively “poor” 8MP sensor.
The ZTE Axon 30’s quad camera array includes the following:
- Main camera: 64 MP (IMX686), f / 1.6, OIS
- Secondary camera: 64 MP, F / 1.9
- Ultrawide camera: 64 MP, 120 degrees
- Telephoto camera: 8 MP, 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, 120x digital zoom, OIS
The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra covers a focal length range from 13 mm to 123 mm and leaves almost all competitors behind. The only handset that improves the Axon 30 Ultra in terms of focal length is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which can go from 13mm to a ridiculous 240mm
So that we don’t forget, the Axon 30 Ultra also has a 16-megapixel front camera that is housed in a “hole”. This is a departure from the in-display camera that Axon 20 5G was famous for last year. We bet this is mainly due to the sub-par images the phone was famous for.
144Hz AMOLED panel
The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra has a 6.67-inch FHD + AMOLED display that supports an adaptive refresh rate and can also reach up to 144 Hz if necessary. The 300Hz touch sampling rate is also what you’d expect from a 2021 flagship. Our in-house curved screen fanboy Antoine will love the fact that the Axon 30 Ultra has a nicely curved screen.
With a screen-to-body ratio of 95 percent, most of the front panel of the Axon 30 Ultra is covered by the display. It also makes sense that the display and the glass-clad back are equipped with Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Snapdragon 888, 16 GB RAM – what else?
As with any self-respecting flagship from 2021, the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. To reduce thermal throttling, ZTE has equipped the Axon 30 Ultra with a triple ice-sealed vapor chamber. The company claims this will ensure that performance doesn’t degrade even under heavy use.
While the standard editions of the phone offer either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM with 128GB or 256GB of storage, there is also a limited edition model with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
One area the Axon 30 Ultra may be missing is the battery. The 4,600 mAh battery is not “tiny”, but it has a slightly lower capacity than some other large flagship devices. But then the phone will redeem itself thanks to the 66W fast charge support. Surprisingly, ZTE seems to have left wireless charging out of the spec sheet for some reason.
The Axon 20 Ultra runs Android 11 under the company’s own MyOS 11 skin.
ZTE Axon 30 Pro: Technical Specifications, Features
In addition to the Axon 30 Ultra, ZTE also announced a cheaper “vanilla” version of the phone, calling it the ZTE Axon 30 Pro. As expected, there are some hardware changes, but the SoC remains the same. The RAM / memory combinations are as follows: 6 / 128GB, 8 / 128GB and 8 / 256GB.
As expected, the camera hardware also shows some changes. Instead of three 64MP sensors, the Pro model manages with two 64MP sensors for the wide and ultrawide cameras. With two other cameras that opt for medium-resolution 5MP and 2MP sensors for macro shots and depth detection, it goes downhill pretty quickly. The front camera is unchanged and uses a 16MP sensor.
While the size of the display remains unchanged, the Axon 30 Pro gets a traditional flat display and supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The battery capacity is also lower (4200 mAh0 and you would have to deal with (slower!) 55W fast charge.
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: price, availability
Well, we have to leave this area black as of now as ZTE has not yet announced the prices for the two new handsets announced today. Besides that. You and I should really only look at the ‘Ultra’, because at least for now the Axon 30 Pro has no plans to go on sale outside of China.