ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Review

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Short Review

Since the first phones with under-display cameras came out, not many phones have used this technology. Even though it won’t be great for selfies, we can’t deny that it will give us a perfect view of the whole screen. ZTE was one of the first companies to use a camera built into the screen. For its next flagship phone, the Axon 40 Ultra, ZTE has made the technology even better. There is no better smartphone with a camera built into the screen than this one.

Body & Display:

Even though the square shape of my new phone doesn’t fit in my hand, I love it. It has a flat top and bottom, just like the first Samsung Note. A camera module is easy to tell apart. Even though it has a camera module like the Axon 10, the Axon 40 Ultra is much bigger. It still has two SIM cards, which is a shame. There is an infrared transmitter and speakers that work with DTS. The connection between the frame and the back panel is easier to hold than on the Axon 30 Ultra. The Axon 40 Ultra is similar to the Axon 30 Ultra, but the Axon 30 Ultra’s problems have been fixed.

Like me, you probably worry a lot about the camera hidden on the screen. Is the newest version of under-the-glass cameras better for taking selfies, or are we already on version three? No, I don’t think it makes it easier to take selfies. I wouldn’t recommend this phone or the one before it, where the camera was hidden behind the screen, to anyone who takes a lot of selfies. Trust me, you won’t want to take selfies, especially if the light is bad.

The development of screens should be a top priority. The pixels on the front of the Axon 40 Ultra can now work on their own. No loss in font resolution from Axon 30. It rarely stops TV or games these days. Even when the sun is shining, it’s not dark.

There are 1500 units on the screen of the Axon 40 Ultra. If you think your screen’s default color temperature is too green, you can change it. The overall effect of this screen that works perfectly goes beyond the technical details.


The Axon 40 Ultra’s camera set-up is not only powerful but also very interesting. Most smartphones have a 28mm lens for their main camera, but the Axon 40 Ultra has a 35mm lens for its main camera.

Many photographers know that a 35mm lens is useful. It’s popular with street photographers because it’s wider than 50mm and less warped than 28mm. More shots mean better pictures. The colors are lovely and not too bright. ZTE’s dark environment rendering is my favorite feature. Photos that are taken automatically look just like the real thing. When the camera is set to “night mode,” it takes pictures as well as any top-tier smartphone. It doesn’t overexpose, so photos taken at night keep their mysterious feel.

The focusing system gives the user a lot of options. Our review of the Vivo phone shows how much I dislike lenses that are chosen by AI. By default, the Axon 40 Ultra’s lens changes automatically. You can turn this off to lock in a lens shot (Pro, Portrait, or Normal). I hope Vivo sees how smart this is.

The ultra-wide and telephoto cameras on the Axon 40 Ultra share a large sensor. Both cameras are really good. The telephoto lens works very well at night. During the week I had the camera, changing the focus length never changed the quality of the pictures.

Surprisingly, the Axon 40 Ultra’s main camera and the ultra-wide camera can both record video at 4k 120fps or 8k resolution. On the official Chinese website, it says that the telescopic camera can also record 8K video. The current maximum resolution of the telephoto camera could be 4k because we’re using the lab system version or the global version. Its video quality has still been better than I thought it would be.

Performance and Gaming:

The Axon 40 Ultra has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip inside it. You can take a break and look at the average Gen 1 score of 8 as a starting point. ZTE doesn’t seem to want to let us use the full power of the processor for gaming.

The Axon 40 Ultra can sustain the same frame rate in games like PUBG. The frame rate curve appears awful when there are many game demands. ZTE’s image flagship has nothing to do with photo-based mobile games’ failure this year. Similar to Vivo.

65w isn’t lightning quick, but it charges the Axon 40 Ultra Global Edition. Fully charging takes 45 minutes, but 33% just 10 minutes. Wireless charging isn’t available. The 5000mAh battery offers the same battery life as other Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 handsets unless a game utilizes more power. A full charge lasts 8 hours with 5G and normal usage (no gaming).

The latest version of the operating system, MyOS 12, has made a lot of progress. There are many choices, and the logic of the interface is clear and easy to understand. In the past, MyOS didn’t live up to expectations, but the new version can compete with products from other companies.

The Axon 40 Ultra is a better version of the Axon 30 Ultra from the last generation. The battery life has been lengthened, the power of each lens has been increased, and the hole-punch has been taken out.

There are many good reasons not to buy the Axon 40 Ultra, but only one that matters: it has the best camera under the screen of any smartphone on the market right now.

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