ZTE Axon 40 Ultra | Against adults at a lower price

Yes, it has some flaws, but ZTE’s Axon 40 Ultra turned out to be a bargain. Less expensive but as powerful as its competitors, it even allows itself some amazing innovations, including the invisible front camera.

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Karim Ben Issa

Karim Ben Issa
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It is impossible to miss what has become a hallmark of the Axon from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE since 2020: the practically invisible front camera. There is no notch or black bar at the top of the screen, which allows the video, for example, to use its entire 6.8-inch screen.

This camera hidden under the glass delivers 16-megapixel photos of satisfactory quality, which are in any case much better than the first version offered on the Axon 20, which often lacks sharpness. However, we don’t have the color and contrast richness of the Pixel 6 Pro or the OnePlus 10 Pro.

Another distinguishing feature is ZTE’s ability to offer what the best Android phones have at an unbeatable price. Here we have the same processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that the Galaxy S22 Ultra uses, but for $600 less. However, Samsung has other advantages. Geekbench 5 tests showed us that with the exception of iPhones, the latest ZTE devices compare favorably with its competitors.

The technical specifications of the Axon 40 Ultra are the best in 2022, an AMOLED screen with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, a resolution of 2480 x 1116 or 400 dpi with a peak of 1500 nits. Nice, clean, bright screen that can be read even in direct sunlight.

ZTE is proud of its triple rear camera system, each 64MP. The first is a wide angle with 16mm focal equivalent and macro focus capability within 4cm of the subject. The second is called “Humanity”, with a 35mm equivalent focal length, using a Sony IMX787 sensor that provides better resolution, especially for people. Finally, the “telescope” reaches an optical zoom of 5.7x with image stabilization.

This gear gave us pictures with good detail management and a loyal rendering. On the other hand, comparing it to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, we found its colors to be quite dull. See for yourself.

  • Axon 40 Ultra compared to iPhone 13 Pro Max

    Karim Benaissa, journalist’s photo

    Axon 40 Ultra compared to iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • Axon 40 Ultra compared to iPhone 13 Pro Max

    Karim Benaissa, journalist’s photo

    Axon 40 Ultra compared to iPhone 13 Pro Max

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5000mAh battery accepts 65W fast charging, great gift, we have the charger provided. It only took us 45 minutes to fully charge an empty phone after playing seven hours of videos. In normal use, it easily reaches 40 hours of autonomy.

Finally, it’s one of the first phones, with the Pixel 6 Pro, to be compatible with the new WiFi 6E standard, which promises to be more stable and using the lower frequency 6GHz bands. Due to the lack of a suitable router, we were unable to verify these assertions.

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There is no miracle to the rescue: we did not integrate the magnetic charge, it is very practical.

Battery management makes Axon 40 Ultra mercilessly close background apps. We noticed that some notifications, especially those from Twitter and Slack, took an unusually long time to appear.

ZTE does not give any indication that its phone is water or dust resistant.

While manufacturers like Google and Samsung promise to offer security updates for up to five years after purchase, we don’t offer that here with ZTE. For a Chinese manufacturer that often finds itself in the crosshairs of Western governments, this is concerning.

A sign of a still unfinished business in Canada, prices shown are in US dollars only. irritant.

do we buy?

The Axon 40 Ultra is undoubtedly a bargain, offering some of the best features of Android phones at a great price. But it won’t convince the Apple user to cross the fence and will leave out selfie buffs and discerning photographers alike.

Exxon 40 Ultra

Manufacturer: ZTE

Price: $799 (8GB/128GB), $899 (12GB/256GB)

Rating: 4 out of 5

In pre-sale on ztedevices.com until June 21



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