ZTE launched a trio of mid-range 5G phones. Aside from next-generation networking, the three phones share a love of display quality, photography, and quick charging; it’s just that some are better than others.
ZTE S30 Pro 5G
The ZTE S30 Pro is the pack’s strong leader, powered by a Snapdragon 768G chipset. It comes standard with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it runs MyOS 11, a ZTE skin on top of Android 11. (all three phones run the same software).
The Pro enjoys two different pastimes. One is for gaming, as it has an AMOLED monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360Hz.
It has a 6.67” display with a 1080p+ resolution (20:9), HDR10+ support, 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, and a good peak brightness of 800 nits. Also, a fingerprint reader is integrated into the monitor. Such a battery-intensive hobby would benefit from the 4,200 mAh battery’s 55W fast charging support.
The front-facing camera even excels at selfies and vlogging. A 44MP sensor is tucked inside a centered punch hole. The AI resources of the Snapdragon are used for a range of picture and video effects.
The quad-camera on the back has a 64MP main sensor and can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second. This gives it an advantage over some of its rivals in this market. There’s also an 8MP ultrawide-angle (120o) camera. A 2MP macro camera (4cm focus distance) and a 2MP depth sensor round out the camera quarter.
ZTE S30 5G
The regular ZTE S30 is identical to the Pro but with slightly lower specifications and a lower price tag. This time around, the 5G connectivity is provided by the Dimensity 720 chipset, and the base configuration comes with half the storage – 8/128GB (though 8/256GB is available if desired).
The chipset still receives a heat pipe, and the antenna layout is designed to operate in any orientation. When 5G coverage is reduced, the handset, like the Pro, will connect to 4G and Wi-Fi networks.
The 6.67” 1080p+ display (20:9) transitions to an LCD with a refresh rate of 90Hz and decent color rendering (95 percent NTSC). The sampling rate for touch is 240Hz, which is still very fast. Few games support 144Hz, for example, Fortnite mobile is limited to 90 frames per second, so you won’t be missing out on many titles (the GPU can’t handle 144fps anyway).
The battery in this phone is 4,000 mAh and charges 30W. Unfortunately, ZTE does not list charge times, so it is uncertain how much slower this would be in operation than the Pro’s 55W charging.
The rear camera on the vanilla S30 is almost identical to the one on the Pro. This includes a 64MP key sensor, an 8MP ultrawide (120o) sensor, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. The only significant difference is that 4K video is limited to 30 frames per second.
The selfie camera has been downgraded to a 16MP sensor, so selfies and vlogging are still possible; however, the image quality will be lower than on the Pro. Auto-generated subtitles (AI transcribes people’s speech) are a fascinating feature.
ZTE S30 SE 5G
The ZTE S30 SE is an entry-level 5G handset. You get a Dimensity 700 chipset – a 7nm component, like the other two – and performance is comparable to the 720, despite the name. However, since it is not the primary focus of this handset, you only get 6GB of RAM in addition to the 128GB of storage.
The screen is another 6.67” LCD with 1080p+ resolution (20:9) but no high refresh rate. At the very least, the panel retained its 95 percent NTSC coverage. The fingerprint reader is located on the phone’s side, just as it is on the vanilla S30.
On the other hand, this tablet will have a longer battery life due to its larger 6,000mAh battery. However, due to the 18W power adapter, charging can take some time. At the very least, reverse charging is allowed, allowing you to share the battery with other devices. Another piece of good news is that the SE contains a 3.5mm jack alongside the USB-C slot.
The camera department suffered as well. The primary sensor has a resolution of 48MP and can capture 1080p video. The ultrawide camera has been removed, leaving you with a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. With an 8 MP sensor, the selfie camera is also nothing to write home about.