Scheduled for a global release during June, ZTE’s latest flagship is the Axon 40 Ultra which sports the next-generation Under-Display-Camera (UDC), a big 6.8-inch AMOLED display, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. ZTE has refined the Axon 40 Ultra as opposed to re-inventing the wheel, with its ‘frameless’ design featuring curved edges which makes it appear a tad sleeker than its predecessor.
Besides being powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the Axon 40 Ultra will be available with 8/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of storage globally with China getting exclusive access to a 16/512GB variant.
The 6.8-inch AMOLED display has an FHD+ resolution (2480 x 1116), a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and up to 1500 nits of peak brightness. The UDC has a 16MP sensor that sits underneath a patch of the display that has 400ppi. With a new ‘Selfie Algorithm’ which makes use of machine learning to reduce noise and perform real-time calibrations of images in different lighting conditions, ZTE says that image clarity and transparency are greatly improved.
The trip of rear cameras is comprised of three 64MP sensors. That’s right, when ZTE says that the Axon has a 64MP triple rear camera setup, they mean that there are three 64MP sensors present. There’s a 64MP ‘Humanity’ camera, a 64MP ultra-wide-angle lens (Primary), and a 64MP periscopic telephoto lens. Both the Humanity and Primary cameras make use of Sony’s IMX787 sensors which bring dual full-pixel omnidirectional focusing which results in fast and more accurate focusing. The ultra-wide lens also takes care of macro photography. The telephoto lens is capable of 5.7x optical zoom, which is a step up from the 3x optical zoom that most flagships are able to achieve. Both the primary and telephoto lenses feature Optical-Image-Stabilization (OIS), which should result in even better imagery.
Boasting a 5,000mAh battery, the Axon 40 Ultra will enjoy 80W wired fast charging in China, with the global version having to ‘make do’ with 65W. There’s support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and of course, 5G networking, and the phone will run Android 12-based MyOS 12.0 software out of the box as any 2022 flagship phone should. (I’m talking about Android 12 here, not ZTE’s skin).
Once pre-orders for the global version of the Axon 40 Ultra go live on June 8th, pricing for the various configurations will run from around $750 to $1,085 depending on your choice.