The Axon 30 Ultra comes with a surprise: it will be available in the United States and Canada. We don’t know when or for how long, but ZTE’s latest flagship releases have avoided the North American market. The new iteration, like previous Axons, should be available in Europe.
The Axon 30 and Axon 30 Pro are the other versions. Those will not be available in North America; in reality, the vanilla model was rarely discussed during the presentation; all we know is that it will have an under-display camera. The implied conclusion is that the other two do not.
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
The triple 64MP camera on the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra attracts interest. A 64MP main IMX686 sensor with OIS (f/1.6 aperture), a second 64MP module with a slightly longer lens (35 mm, f/1.9), and a 64MP Ultra wide-angle shooter (120o, 13mm) are included. The main camera can capture video at up to 8K 30 frames per second.
On the back, there’s a fourth camera with a 5x periscope (123mm lens with OIS) and an 8MP sensor. The distance between the main camera and the periscope would have to be filled by the second 64MP module, whose 35mm lens can provide about 1.5x magnification over the main lens. The high-resolution sensor handles any additional magnification.
The punch hole camera makes a comeback on the front. Given that the Axon 20 5G was the first to feature an under-display camera, this return to supposedly outdated technology was surprising. Also, the sensor has been reduced from 32MP to 16MP. We’re guessing selfies weren’t a top priority.
On the other hand, the monitor had a 6.67″ OLED panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz (it also has 90Hz and 120Hz modes but can’t go below 60Hz). The sampling rate for contact is 300Hz. The panel has a 1080p+ resolution, supports HDR10+, and is completely DCI-P3 compliant. Gorilla Glass 5 protects the slightly bent edges.
Unlike the Axon 20 family’s mid-range processors, the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is motivated by the Snapdragon 888 chipset (which, to be fair, never had an Ultra member). In any case, the base configuration comes with 8GB of RAM (LPDDR5) and 256GB of storage (UFS 3.1), but you can upgrade to 12GB of RAM if required. There is also a top-of-the-line model with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
The battery has a tank capacity of 4,600mAh and supports 66W charging via cable. However, there is no wireless charging. The phone supports 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and full-featured NFC. It is powered by MyOS 11. (based on Android 11).
Pre-orders for the Ultra begin on April 19 (Monday), and the phone will be available in other markets “soon.” It will be available in three primary colors (Black, White, and Mint) and a tan vegan leather variant.
Though we do not yet have prices for Western markets, we do have prices for China. The Axon 30 Ultra will be available for CNY 4,700 ($720/€600). Then it’s just CNY 300 more for four extra gigabytes of RAM. CNY 6,666 ($1,020/€850) for the elite edition.
ZTEAxon 30 Pro
The ZTE Axon 30 Pro is similar to the Ultra, but it has a lower-resolution sensor. The screen, a 6.67-inch OLED display, has been left flat and now tops out at 120Hz. However, that is all the downgrades; however, it is still a 10-bit screen with 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage and a slightly higher-touch sampling rate, 360Hz.
It uses the same Snapdragon 888 chipset but has less memory (6/128 GB is the standard configuration). It’s also a 5G handset, but local connectivity is limited to Wi-Fi 6. (no E).
The camera department suffered the most because it lacks any semblance of optical zoom. It also only has two 64MP cameras, one on the main module (IMX682) and one on the ultrawide (120o). The remaining two modules are a 5MP macro sensor and a 2MP depth sensor.
The battery in the Pro model is smaller and charges more slowly, but not by much. It has a capacity of 4,200 mAh and can be charged at a rate of 55W. (again wired only).
The ZTE Axon 30 Pro will be priced at CNY 3,000 ($460/€385) for the base 6/128 GB edition, with CNY 3,300 (8/128 GB) and CNY 3,600 (8/256 GB) variants also available.