ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: The underrated giant

With a distinctive camera structure, which is also reflected in the quality of the photos, the ZTE smartphone Axon 30 Ultra can convince in the test.

At ZTE, unlike Xiaomi and Huawei, there are no discussions about pronunciation. As simple as the name is, the more impressive the current top model from the Chinese manufacturer, the Axon 30 Ultra. ZTE has so far been unable to make the big breakthrough in this country. For a long time, the company was overshadowed by Huawei’s once successful export to China. However, due to the ongoing US ban, Huawei has come under pressure, ZTE tries to use it for itself and does it quite skillfully. The data sheet of the current top model is the upper league of components. First of all: the smart mobile phone can meet or even exceed expectations in many respects; not in some either.

The heart of the Axon 30 Ultra is the Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm, which nothing can easily pull out of its reserve. In addition to this, an impressive 12 gigabytes of RAM ensure a decent performance reserve. The internal memory of 256 gigabytes, which cannot be physically expanded, offers enough space for photos. And this is where ZTE goes all out: three cameras with 64 megapixels each and a periscope telephoto lens with up to 60x zoom.

Record-breaking camera setup. With a weight of just under 190 grams, it is almost lightweight in this league. Even the thickness of only 8.7 millimeters for a 6.67 inch display is good. But the calculation was made without the outstanding camera, because 2.5 millimeters are added here. In addition, the attachment on the back has a decent weight, which is why it tips over when you hold it in the middle of your hand as usual.

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Otherwise the device knows how to please. The rear cover and the display flow almost seamlessly into the metal frame, although the transition should have been a bit softer. The curved design, which once made Samsung suitable for the masses, is rarely an obstacle to operation and hardly causes misinterpretation during use. The focus of the device is the display, which is only interrupted by a tiny hole for the 16-megapixel front camera. The screen with a diagonal of 16.7 centimeters takes up almost 92 percent of the front.

At 144 Hz, the screen refresh rate is well above the competition (120 Hz) and is used for shorter response times, e.g. B. for games, screwed up to 300 Hz. At the latest here, apart from the enormous power of the processor, a small weakness becomes noticeable: the heat development. Anyone who demands the device will get comfortably warm hands pretty quickly. Not necessarily a disadvantage at this time of year, but for the built-in components it is in the long term. Whereby the battery could easily put it away in the test and lasted longer than 24 hours.

The delicacy, the camera. Apart from the striking structure, the camera leaves little to be desired. Why the photo options such as macro shots, super night mode (ideal for moon shots!) Or the maximum resolution are so hidden in the menu navigation remains a mystery. Videos are possible in 8K resolution with 30 frames per second (fps). For 4K recordings, the frame rate can be doubled to 60 fps.

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The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is a successful top-of-the-line smartphone model that, with a price of 849 euros, should definitely be included in the shortlist for a new purchase.

(“Die Presse”, print edition, November 21, 2021)

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