Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
ZTE has unveiled the next generation of its flagship handsets in the Axon 30 series. We find the letters Axon 30 Pro and Axon 30 Ultra, both of which are equipped with the advanced Snapdragon 888 processor, but differ greatly, especially in terms of the camera. Another interesting thing about the Axon 30 Ultra is that it has been available in the North American and Canadian markets for a long time. This phone is equipped with three 64-megapixel cameras and a periscope unit, which is interesting to review.
Although the main attraction of the Ultra model is in the rear cameras, but it is better to review the design of the device before reviewing them. Let's pay; Where we encounter obvious differences compared to the previous generation. Unlike the Axon 20 models, the Axon 30 Ultra uses a curved-edge display that shifts the edges of the panel to the sides and is known by the manufacturer as borderless. This design with Gorilla Glass 5 (apparently on both the back and on the phone) makes the Axon 30 Ultra distinct from the past. Another new feature in this design is ZTE stepping back from the idea of a selfie camera under the display layer, which has now been replaced by a typical punch selfie in the center of the upper part. It is important to note, however, that ZTE has not yet abandoned the idea, despite its success in the Axon 20, and as one of the few pieces of information available about the Axon 30, the second generation will use it in this phone.
Another big change from before is the Axon 30 Ultra, which undoubtedly belongs to the rectangular area of the camera, which is now completely larger and more prominent, and now has a set of four cameras, a laser focusing mechanism and an LED flash. The dimensions and weight of the device, despite the large screen and relatively large battery, are not very large and with the dimensions of 8 × 72.96 × 161.53 mm and the weight of 188 g, it can compete well with its compatible models; For example, it might be better to take a look at the Redmi K40 Pro +, which has the same screen size and a weaker battery with a thickness of 163.7 and 76.4 mm, respectively, despite weighing less, and weighs 196 grams!
6.67-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and is a 10-bit type, whose refresh rate of 144 Hz can change to 60, 90 or 120 Hz, depending on the content, but unlike some other big flagships, this rate can be reduced below 60 Hz. Does not exist. The speed of receiving fingerprints or the rate of touch removal has been announced in this panel at 300 Hz, and in this case, too, we are faced with a completely acceptable example. The slightly curved panel supports HDR10 + content and covers the DCI-P3 color gamut completely and 100%. 95% coverage of the space on the device, 70 ° curvature of the edges and a 2.6 mm hole for the 16-megapixel selfie camera at the top are the other specifications announced for this panel.
But naturally the most attractive part of the Axon 30 Ultra belongs to its cameras, which have a large and prominent area on the back of the phone. In this section, we are faced with 3 64-megapixel cameras, each of which has a different task; The main 64-megapixel camera in the center of the sidebar uses Sony's 1/1.72-inch IMX686 sensor, and its OIS anti-shake lens with f/1.6 aperture looks quite fast. The second 64-megapixel camera has a 35mm focal length and f/1.9 aperture, and the third 64-megapixel camera is a standard ultraviolet with a 13mm focal length and 120-degree field of view. Finally, we should mention the fourth 8-megapixel camera of this series, which in front of it sees a 123 mm periscope lens, which gives a 5x optical zoom and a 60x digital zoom. This camera is also equipped with autofocus and OIS.
Of the four cameras in this section, the performance of the second 64-megapixel camera seems a bit vague, and we might want to know a little more about it. In multi-camera systems consisting of a main camera and a normal telephoto camera, due to the fixed and immovable lens of the telephoto camera, the 2 or 3x magnification number declared for it does not include the middle zoom steps, such as that displayed at 1.5x zoom. It is often left as nothing more than a digital zoom of the main camera image; Thus, the image quality at mid-zooms is usually not comparable to the declared 2x or 3X zoom limit. With this in mind, it is easy to guess that the presence of a camera with a different focal length but with the same resolution as the main camera will fill the zoom gaps. The second 64-megapixel camera on the Axon 30 Ultra, as mentioned, has a focal length of 35mm, which is almost 1.5 times larger than the main camera, so the displayed image is extracted from the beginning of the zoom process to a magnification of 1.5 times, and the rest The way to reach 5x optical zoom will be the responsibility of the periscope camera. As expected from a flagship, the processing of the Axon 30 Ultra is handled by the Snapdragon 888, which features Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78 cores on the one hand and Adreno 660 graphics on the other, processing power and graphics. Provides high in a 5 nanometer low-power structure. The phone has 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 internal memory. Interestingly, there is a version with 16 GB of RAM and 1 terabyte of internal memory, the latter of which we have not seen in another example to date.
The battery capacity of the phone is 4,600mAh, which is a relatively good capacity in this category. comes. Contrary to expectations, the Axon 30 Ultra does not support wireless charging, but its 66-watt wired charger looks quite powerful. In this phone, the possibility of using Quick Charge + Quick Charge 4 has also been predicted.
Axon 30 Ultra also has 6E WiFi in terms of connectivity options other than 5G, which gives it a distinct position. The phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but with stereo linear speakers, it will probably keep music fans happy.
Axon 30 Ultra in three normal colors black, white and mint green and a special version with a golden/brown vegetable leather cover with Android 11 operating system and a user interface called MyOS 11 from April 19, 2021 (April 30) 1400) to the Chinese market and will be available "soon" in some other markets. The base version of this model with 8GB/256GB memory in the Chinese market will be 4,698 yuan (with the current exchange rate close to US $ 720) and the other two versions with 12GB/256GB and 16GB/1TB memory will be 4,998 and 6,666 yuan, respectively ( Are priced at $ 766 and $ 1,022, respectively. The price of the device in other markets, especially North America, is not yet known, but we will most likely face higher prices than the Chinese market.
In the Axon 30 Pro, we encounter conditions relatively similar to the Ultra version, and important changes made to it, except for the camera, must be searched on the screen and battery. Due to the reduction of battery capacity in this model, the thickness of the device has been reduced to 7.86 mm, but its length and width have been completely increased to 163.5 and 75.2 mm, respectively. The weight of the device is relatively constant and with 186 grams, it is only 2 grams lighter than the Ultra version.
The screen of the device is still 6.67-inch 10-bit AMOLED with a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels, but this is just the appearance of the adventure and we are facing significant changes compared to the Ultra version; The edges of this screen are designed to be flat and without curvature, and its 120Hz refresh rate is not only reduced compared to Ultra, but it is also apparently fixed and can not be automatically changed to content. On a positive note, however, the touch capture rate in this panel has been increased from 300 to 360 Hz, which provides gamers with higher speeds, especially when playing action games. The 16-megapixel selfie camera at the top is apparently unchanged and still fits in the center punch hole.
The main camera on the back is a 64-megapixel one with a 1/1.73-inch Sony IMX682 sensor, and another 64-megapixel ultraviolet camera with 120-degree field of view. The third camera in this set is a 5-megapixel macro with the ability to shoot from a distance of 3 cm, and finally a 2-megapixel depth-of-field sensor completes the list of sensors in this area.
In terms of processor, there is no difference between the Pro and Ultra versions, and here too the processing task is the responsibility of the Snapdragon 888. The phone has 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory.
The device's battery has a lower capacity of 4,200 mAh and its 55-watt charger has less power than the Ultra model. Needless to say, the wireless charger has no place in this model either. Communication naturally supports 5G, but WiFi 6E has been removed.
Axon 30 Pro is available in black and a combination of blue/pink with Android 11 operating system and MyOS 11 user interface in China, and its base price with 6GB/128GB memory is also 2,998 yuan (460) in this market. US dollars) is set. The 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB versions are priced at 3,298 and 3,598 yuan ($ 506 and $ 552, respectively). The possibility of launching this phone in other markets is not yet known.