ZTE Axon 30 5G review

Scarlette Lennon17 September 2021Last Update : 11 months ago
ZTE Axon 30 5G review


ZTE takes another shot at the entire selfie camera below the screen, and it swings much harder this time. The Axon 30 5G benefits from the second-generation tech’s promising clearer image and less visible camera sensor, because last year’s Axon 20 5G had a rather eye-catching shooter that looked behind the OLED panel. In addition, the new camera uses twice the pixels and is also significantly larger. Completely the leap in just one generation.

But the camera is not the only one that gets an upgrade. The Axon 30 doubles the ppi number from 200 to 400ppi of the display area located on top of the camera module, which means less distortion of the images displayed on the screen. Today’s screens usually exceed 400ppi, and this is exactly 400 ppi, which means that the camera area must be distinguishable from the rest of the screen area.

Overview of ZTE Axon 30 5G specifications:

  • Body: 170.2×77.8×7.8mm, 189g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
  • Screen: 6.92 “AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 1080x2460px resolution, 20.5: 9 aspect ratio, 400ppi; Always on.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
  • Memory: 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11, MyOS 11.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 25 mm, 1 / 1.73 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 120˚, 16mm; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.5, (wide), under display.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps, gyro-EIS, HDR, 10-bit video; Front camera: 1080p @ 30fps.
  • Battery: 4200mAh; Fast charging 65W, USB power supply, fast charging 4+.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC.

The panel gets a bump in the refresh rate, now 120Hz, it also seems to fit well with the upgraded Snapdragon 870 chipset. In essence, a slightly tweaked last year’s flagship SoC paired with faster UFS 3.1 storage.

The rest of the hardware seems to be ported from the Axon 20 with the small exception of the selfie camera, but more on that later.

ZTE Axon 30 5G review

We believe that ZTE does not exclusively rely on the new Axon 30 5G. On the contrary, in fact. The handset has some skilled hardware and even competes in the upper middle class segment this year. You could even say that it roams the flagship killer area with a starting price of € 500.

Significantly smaller than the already released and reviewed Axon 30 Ultra 5G, but it is the only one that has the UD camera to act as a technical showcase for the world. Let’s dig deeper and find out if it’s worth your hard earned money.

Unpacking the ZTE Axon 30 5G

The device comes in a standard box with 65W PD charger, USB-C to USB-C cable (since the USB Power Delivery protocol works with double-sided USB-C cables) and a hard plastic case, which is also transparent.

ZTE Axon 30 5G review

Since there is no 3.5mm connector, ZTE has supplied a USB-C to 3.5mm audio dongle and a wired set of earphones that look like the good old Apple EarPods.

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