ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Review

Mobile phones are becoming more complex, with larger batteries, improved cameras, and clearer screens, and as a consequence, they are becoming larger and costlier. Although some may believe this is unavoidable, ZTE’s Axon 30 Ultra demonstrates that flagship functionality can be delivered in a slimline form at an exceptionally appealing price. This article brings you the good and bad aspects of the phone so that one may ultimately decide whether it is the right fit for them or not.

Performance

The Axon 30 Ultra excels in various areas, including its high-quality screen and premier functionality, which will suffice for many. Nonetheless, it misses the mark in subtler areas that one won’t notice on a line-up. Its innovative lens arrangement has been let short by erratic, heavily loaded processing. There are a few incidental bugs in between, which may vary from innocuous (a 5G on / off switch is repeated in a fast options menu) to vexing (the camera shutter noise going off even in silent mode). ZTE could fix these problems in subsequent updates, or it might not, and the consumer will be the annoying adult with the loud cell phone camera attending their toddler’s recital. The Axon 30 Ultra is a tall and slender smartphone that measures 6.4 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and weighs only 200gm. It’s roughly the same weight and size as the OnePlus 9 Pro, but its chamfered edges give it a sleeker, more polished appearance.

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra performance
Source: The Verge

Although all of the essential machinery is present, a few flagship-like capabilities have been removed in order to meet the Axon 30 Ultra‘s cheaper cost. There is no water-resistant IP certification, and there’s no wireless charging. The phone is also incompatible with Verizon, and T-5G Mobile’s service is confined to one band.

Display

A 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a centred punch hole for the camera will be found on its front. The resolution is 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, with a ratio of 335ppi. A 144Hz higher refresh rate may be reduced to 30Hz to save power consumption.

Suppose those problems are really not critical attributes for one, and they’re okay with the periodic peculiarity. In that case, the Axon 30 Ultra provides excellent results with a huge, beautiful display at a cheaper cost than the rivals. One doesn’t witness many high-performance/low-cost luxury smartphones to contend with the Android giants, so it’s good to be provided with an option. However, it lacks refinement and very few elements that set it apart from the more costly rivals.

The Axon 30 Ultra‘s display is about as large as smartphones get these days, at 6.7 inches. It has a 1080p OLED display with a refreshing rate of up to 144Hz. One may manually set it to 60, 90, 120, or 144Hz or let it vary between those speeds according to the content you’re watching that 144Hz rate is slightly quicker than the 120Hz rate seen on many strong devices, but one cannot be sure if they would able to discern the difference if they didn’t know which one is which. The fact of the matter is that any touch, swipe, and motion on the 30 Ultra’s display seems very fluid.

In essence, it’s just a pretty lovely display. The contrast is strong, the borders are thin, and the display bends over the smartphone’s edges; advertisers love to label such a display “immersive,” but it genuinely seems like a reasonable adjective. It’s just a little difficult to see outside in strong light, but it still is functional. The Axon 30 Ultra is a large device due to its large screen. It’s pleasant to grip, and the curved display and rear plate assist, but one can’t get their thumb across the display when using it with one hand.

The front and rear panels are manufactured of Gorilla Glass 5, while the frame is made of metal, offering the phone a sturdy, luxurious feel. Owing to the Snapdragon 888 CPU, the phone’s functionality also fulfils the “luxury” standard. Navigating between applications, pinching and panning across Google Maps, and browsing via Twitter seems incredibly quick. One would be particularly delighted to inform you that the in-screen biometric fingerprint sensor is fast and efficient – each unlocking and password manager verification gives a small thrill. It’s a functionality that extends above and above to make this seem like a high-end, snappy smartphone.

Battery Performance

The 4,600mAh battery on the Axon 30 Ultra is large enough to get me through a day of moderate use. However, I was careful with certain energy-draining options, such as screen refresh rate, and all of my use was on Wi-Fi, so I imagine you could completely drain the battery in a day if you went for it. As previously said, wireless charging is not an option here, however, the phone supports 65W wired charging via the included charging cable, which is a fast enough charge. 

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra battery performance
Source: Pocket-Lint

The Axon 30 Ultra ships with Android 11, and ZTE promises an Android 12 upgrade before the end of the year and then early in 2022. The business does not specify a firm timeframe for security upgrades but says they are typically provided for three years. Under no means is the worst support policy, but neither is it amongst some of the finest. MyOS is ZTE’s Android experience, and that’s a straightforward process that just doesn’t try to be too sophisticated. The completely enlarged fast settings menu, accessible by dragging from the top of the screen, has a staggering number of options, but you may reorganise and pare them back to your liking.

Camera

There are 200 million pixels. This is what the lenses on the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G’s rear add up to. All of those pixels are spread over four cameras, and ZTE has made several interesting selections. The primary sensor is 64MP and is coupled with a 26mm lens. Things get tricky on the next 64MP sensor, which has 35mm lenses and is dubbed the portrait lens by ZTE. There is quite a long way to go, but a third 64MP sensor, this time with ultra-wide-angle glass, assists, and experts don’t believe there is another 64MP UW camera. The 8MP telescopic telephoto lens rounds off the package. That brings the total to 200. With such photographic prowess, it seems to reason that the Axon 30 Ultra would have some high-end technology in other areas, which it does. 

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra camera
Source: GSMArena

The Snapdragon 888 is the most powerful processor available, the 144Hz AMOLED display is 24Hz faster than the competition, and the Axon may be ordered with up to a terabyte of storage. Below is a short breakdown of the figures. Post Processing (especially colour and contrast) varies amongst cameras, and two photographs taken with the same lens might differ dramatically with little changes in the properties of object location. Pictures from the primary camera are frequently oversaturated. Almost all of the time, it’s not noticeable enough to annoy one, but now and then, one might take a picture of their orange cat, and it might look like a Cheeto.

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra has a quadruple camera on the back with a primary, ultra-wide, picture, and zoom sensors to bolster its premium qualities. The primary and ultra-wide lenses are based on 64 MP Quad Bayer (16 MP output) sensors. The primary camera has a Sony IMX686 chip paired to an f/1.6-aperture OIS lens, while the ultra-wide employs a Samsung GW3 sensor paired with a 120° field-of-view, ultra-low distortion, f/2.2-aperture lens. The devoted selfie camera does have the same 64 MP Samsung sensor and an f/1.9 aperture lens as that of the ultra-wide. Furthermore, the zoom lens has an 8 MP sensor and a periscope zoom lens with 5x ocular and up to 60x composite zoom.

ZTE-Axon-30-Ultra-camera2
Source: GSMArena

Portrait mode images have some flaws, as well: subject delineation from hazy surroundings might appear clunky, and the absence of OIS on the selfie camera means one is more likely to recognise small blur in darker circumstances, albeit with minimal motion blur. Because of the longer focal distance, one will need to increase the blur to conceal a conspicuous backdrop, accentuating the object cut-out issues. Then these flaws are much more irritating because once the Axon 30 Ultra gets it right, photos look fantastic. The brightness is perfectly balanced, all four lenses are truly usable, and all provide an amazing degree of feature preservation. With this confluence of focal distances and abilities, one might consider regularly leaving their specialised camera at home. One might not suggest this to anybody, and one must be fine with either living with or working around a few quirks.

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Pros & Cons

Pros

  1. One won’t receive the same degree of polish or confidence from a Samsung, Google, or OnePlus smartphone, but you will get incredible performance for the price.
  2. The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is precisely what it looks like: a low-cost substitute to the major Android flagship phones with peak efficiency and a fantastic display. 
  3. The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra has a quadruple camera on the back with primary, ultra-wide, picture, and zoom sensors to bolster its premium qualities.
  4. The Axon 30 Ultra ships with Android 11, and ZTE promises an Android 12 upgrade before the end of the year and then early in 2022.

Cons

  1. Post Processing (especially colour and contrast) varies amongst cameras, and two photographs taken with the same lens might differ dramatically with little changes in the properties of object location.
  2. Pictures from the primary camera are frequently oversaturated.
  3. Wireless charging is not an option here.
  4. Its innovative lens arrangement has been let short by erratic, heavily loaded processing.
  5. There is no water-resistant IP certification.

FAQ – ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Review

Is ZTE Axon 30 Ultra worth it?

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is a considerable upgrade over the Axon 20 5G. This was particularly true in our Photo and Zoom categories, where the device’s flagship processor and quad-camera both performed admirably.

Is ZTE Axon 30 Ultra waterproof?

There is no IP rating for water resistance, and the device does not support wireless charging.

How much is ZTE Axon 30 Ultra?

Its starting price is $749.

Is ZTE a good brand?

There is a lot to admire about ZTE’s smartphones in general. They often have nice designs and decent features, and they’re typically far less expensive than the competitors. If you’re ready to invest in a new smartphone, here is the latest ZTE model Axon 30 Ultra to consider.

Is ZTE a Chinese company?

ZTE Corporation is a Chinese state-owned partially privately held firm that is mostly involved in telecommunications. ZTE is a Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange company, having been founded in 1985.

Conclusion

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra offers a significant pricing edge over the competition. If you’re prepared to give up some display space, its edge over the OnePlus 9 and regular Galaxy S21 shrinks. One might get the same stellar performance with any choice, as well as a few extras like wireless charging and more complex picture processing.

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Aishwarya Verma

Aishwarya Verma is a technology writer. She loves researching the latest improvements in Cybersecurity, Headphones & Laptops.

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