The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Review – Something Surprisingly Different

Today, we are going to take a closer look at a somewhat particular device, the new ZTE Axon 30 Ultra. The phone launched in the US at the beginning of June, a fact that alone is notable for the relatively more restrictive North American market. While ZTE in recent years had taken a more moderate position in the mobile market, in particular taking a major setback with US regulators.In 2018, this year it appears that the company is again on the right track and offers products. as interesting as ever. .

The Axon 30 Ultra is a huge departure from previous ZTE devices: particularly in product positioning, design, and phone features. With a new Snapdragon 888 flagship chip, it’s a bigger step up from the premium Axon 20 5G range. With the designation “Ultra”, ZTE here is also trying to mimic the name of Samsung’s flagship device, although while the Axon 30 Ultra does not present all the specifications that are considered worthy of an “Ultra” name, it is also priced very much. more reduced. price of $ 749, a price that is particularly more interesting to US readers given the great lack of alternatives on the market.

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
Axon 30 Ultra
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 888
1x Cortex-X1 at 2.84 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 at 2.42 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 at 1.80 GHz

Adreno 660 to 840 MHz

Storage128/256 GB UFS 3.1
Show6.67 “AMOLED
2400 x 1080 (20: 9)
144 Hz

300Hz tap

SizeHeight161.53 mm
Broad72.96 mm
Depth8.0 millimeters
Weight188 grams
Battery capacity4600 mAh

65W load (PD3.0)

Wireless charging
Rear cameras
Large64MP IMX686
0.8 µm pixels (1.6 µm 4: 1 16MP)

f / 1.6 with OIS
26 mm eq.

Principal64MP GW3

0.7 µm pixels (1.4 µm 4: 1 16 MP)

f / 1.9
35 mm eq.

Ultra wide64MP GW3

0.7 µm pixels (1.4 µm 4: 1 16 MP)

f / 2.2
13 mm eq.


f / 3.4 with OIS
(Periscope design)
120 mm eq.

Frontal camera16 megapixels
f / 2.5
Wireless (local)802.11ax WiFi-6E
Bluetooth 5.2 LE + NFC
Other featuresDual Speakers
Optical fingerprint sensor under the display
Dual SIMDual NanoSIM
Launch price8GB + 128GB: $ 749 / £ 649 / € 749
12GB + 256GB: $ 849 / £ 739 / € 849

In terms of specs, the Axon 30 Ultra features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, which places the phone in the best-performing flagship category, and we expect the device to perform largely the same as many of the other alternatives on the market. It comes with 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage options; no expandable storage is available.

The screen of the Axon 30 Ultra is high-performance, but not of the best quality, as we have seen from other vendors. ZTE opted to stick with a lower resolution of 2400 x 1080 with the 6.67 ”screen, which is a step down from other 1440p alternatives like those from Samsung, Xiaomi or OnePlus / OPPO. However, ZTE packs a high refresh rate and manages to push things up to 144Hz, along with a 300Hz touch sample rate. It’s a somewhat similar approach that ASUS takes on ROG phones, and the lower resolution will be more efficient since it doesn’t feature any newer advanced display technology.

At 6.67 ”and a 161.5 x 72.96mm body footprint, the Axon 30 Ultra is considerably smaller than other“ Ultra ”phones on the market, and actually fits within what I consider to be a sweet spot between a large screen and a large screen. still good. manipulation of devices by hand.

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The phone actually still boasts a 4600mAh battery, which is a bit less than other big phones, however ZTE managed to keep the weight down to a reasonable 188g, again something I really appreciate and it shows right away when it comes. from other contemporary phones.

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The phone has a curved front display glass and a curved rear glass that offers very good ergonomics and the phone feels smaller than it is because of that. It is still a very “avant-garde” phone, as the metal frame protrudes a bit on the sides of the phone and the top and bottom faces are flat; it’s a design aspect that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, but in this case, I think it was implemented well and gives the phone a better solid grip.

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ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Cameras
35 mm
eq. Florida
(H / V / D)
Ultra wide13.85102.6 °
86.4 °
114.8 °
f / 2.264.2 million natives
(9248 x 6944)

16.0 million in containers
(4624 x 3472)

0.7 µm

1.4 µm

40.0 ″

79.9 ″

1 / 1.98 “
6.47mm x 4.86mm
31.46 mm²
Main (width)26.1167.1 °
52.9 °
79.3 °
f / 1.664.2 million natives
(9248 x 6944)

16.0 million in containers
(4624 x 3472)

0.8 µm

1.6 µm

26.1 ″

52.2 “

1 / 1.73 “
7.39mm x 5.55mm
41.09 mm²
2nd Main31.4557.7 °
44.9 °
69.1 °
f / 1.964.2 million natives
(9248 x 6944)

16.0 million in containers
(4624 x 3472)

0.7 µm

1.4 µm

22.4 ″

44.9 ″

1 / 1.98 “
6.47mm x 4.86mm
31.46 mm²
Second telephoto123.116.01 °
12.04 °
19.94 °
f / 4.97.99 million natives
(3264 x 2448)

16.0M scaled
(4624 x 3472)

1.0 µm17.7 “1 / 3.92 “
3.26mm x 2.44mm
7.99 mm²

The camera setup on the Axon 30 Ultra is quite interesting, with a single camera setup: the S21-type primary (wide-angle) and secondary ultra-wide wide-angle unit with all 64MP sensors, along with a small module. telephoto lens from periscope.

The Ultra Wide and Secondary Wide feature quad Bayer 64.2 MP sensors that drop down to 16 MP in normal shots. These are 0.7 µm pixels and therefore the sensors are not really that large in terms of their 1 / 1.98 ”formats, and we would generally want to keep them in their cluster mode for most of the time. weather. The ultra wide one has 13.85 mm eq. optical with f / 2.2, while the secondary width has 31.45 mm eq. optical f / 1.9. The latter is quite unusual: it is similar to the secondary of the S21, but due to Bayer’s quad configuration and lack of OIS, it is not that useful. ZTE calls this a portrait lens, although it is a rather shorter focal length than what we are used to for portrait photography.

The main camera is also 64.2 MP, although it is a larger sensor with 0.8 µm pixels and a 1 / 1.73 ”format. It still drops to 16MP for regular shots and features OIS with 26.11mm eq. Optical with aperture f / 1.6.

Finally, the telephoto module is a small 8MP sensor with 1.0 µm pixels. With a 1 / 3.92 ”format and an area of ​​only 7.99mm², it is quite small, but the lens has a long focal length of 123.1mm, although the aperture is also dark at f / 4.9 .

Usually we see vendors employing “dummy” sensors to increase the number of modules in their camera, but here ZTE employs four functional modules, and that second wide-angle module is definitely interesting in what it is trying to achieve.

Overall, the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra comes with an excellent build quality that is exceptionally solid and with a premium feel, along with a design that, while not out of the ordinary, is very ergonomic and works well for the phone. . Overall, it’s also the “smaller” form factor that makes the device stand out as it’s a more reasonable 73mm width and lighter than the competition.

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