With the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra, the Chinese company is now presenting a real flagship of superlatives globally. Not only the 64-megapixel “Trinity” camera should ensure exceptional photo results, but also the invisible front camera of the 3rd UDC generation should be able to keep up with any competitor, according to the manufacturer. And despite ultra skills, the group remains well below 1,000 euros.
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra is now also official for us
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra has been available in China since the beginning of May. Starting today, the ultimate flagship can also be pre-ordered in this country via the global ZTE homepage. The price for the 8/128 GB version is 829 euros and in the maximum configuration with 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB internal UFS 3.1 program memory 949 euros. Will be delivered from June 21, 2022.
The smartphone manufacturer – who also has some US experience like Huawei – is probably not known to everyone. It was ZTE, and also the Nubia label, well-known for gaming smartphones, with the RedMagic 7 and 7 Pro, which presented the first invisible under-display camera (UDC) in a ZTE Axon 20 in 2020. Unfortunately with significantly worse photo results than a visible front camera from the competition. With the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra we have now arrived at the 3rd generation of UDC technology and the company guarantees spectacular pictures. We have already received a test sample from the GO2mobile editorial team and will shortly be presenting the results in our comprehensive test report.
In the Axon 40 Ultra, ZTE offers a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with rounded sides (waterfall style) with a resolution of 2,480 x 1,116 pixels at a refresh rate of 120 Hertz (touch sampling rate 360 Hz) and 400 ppi. According to the manufacturer, a short-term peak brightness of 1,500 nits is possible. Far more than in our test with the Honor Magic4 Pro. And that was easy to read even under direct sunlight. Here, too, the 1,440 Hertz high-frequency pulse width modulation (PWM) dimming function for maximum eye protection on board.
3rd generation UDC and 64 megapixel “Trinity” camera
Said 16-megapixel front camera is invisibly positioned at the top center behind the display. The pixel infusion effect, which is up to 2.24 micrometers in size, is generated by an AI through increased light sensitivity and the “Proactive Vision Algorithm” and should therefore be able to easily keep up with any conventional front camera. But there is also a spectacular “Trinity” main camera on the back.
Three 64-megapixel cameras (IMX787/OV64B) want to contribute to outstanding photos and videos (up to 8K). Among other things, through an equivalent focal length of 35 millimeters (known from portrait photography) in combination with an aperture of f/1.6, optical image stabilization and 7 lenses. The periscope camera offers a sensational maximum 5.7x lossless zoom. Of course, also with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), an equivalent focal length of 91 millimeters and an aperture of f/3.5.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor should not be missing
Under the hood, of course, for a flagship at the moment there’s nothing more than a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core processor from Qualcomm. At least until the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 model is ready in the third quarter. Power comes from a built-in 5,000 mAh battery, which also supports the 65-watt “SuperFastCharge”. DTS audio stereo dual speakers and an X-axis linear motor are built in for the ultimate gaming experience. We are at least very excited about ZTE’s flagship smartphone.
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