With the progress of technology, and the increasing reliance on cell phones in people's lives and work, there are more and more black technologies on cell phones. I still remember the shock of experiencing under-screen fingerprint unlock for the first time on the phone. I always thought that the full-screen era is open, but I did not expect that after so many years, the perfect full-screen still has not appeared. When the fire of the lift camera, lift body, sliding cover, dual screen just launched seems to be able to solve this pain point, but after the test of time, these designs are just a flash in the pan.
In 2020, ZTE's Axon A20 became the first smartphone with an under-screen camera, followed by the Axon 30, which was also well received, basically confirming that an under-screen camera is the optimal solution for full-screen phones. In 2022, a new generation of Axon 40 Ultra was launched. This time, the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra aims to be the "ultimate straight flagship", with excellent performance in terms of screen, image and performance optimization.
- [Processor]: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, Samsung 4nm process technology
- [Memory / Flash]: LPDDR5 RAM / UFS 3.1 ROM
- Screen quality]: 6.8-inch OLED full-screen / 2480×1116 resolution / 120Hz refresh rate / 360Hz sampling rate / 1440Hz high-frequency PWM dimming / 400 ppi / 3000000:1 contrast ratio / 1500 nits peak brightness / 100% coverage DCI-P3 / 10bit color depth
- 【Photo Camera】：Rear 64MP (IMX787) main camera (OIS) + 64MP (IMX787) free-form ultra wide-angle + 64MP (OV64B) periscopic telephoto (OIS) + 16MP off-screen front camera
- [Charging range]: Battery capacity 5000mAh, 80W wired charging
- Weight / circumference]: 204g / 163.28×73.56×8.41mm
- Other Highlights】：Under-screen fingerprint unlocking solution / X-axis linear motor / Stereo dual speakers / NFC support, IR remote control / USB Type-C / USB 3.1 GEN1 / Dual-path enhanced VC liquid cooling, metal bezel / Glass back cover
True. Full screen, one side, a lifetime of memories
▼The Axon 40 Ultra is positioned as a flagship, and you can tell a little about it from the packaging. With its solid black box, gold-stamped lettering and flocked surface, the Axon 40 Ultra has an air of restraint and calmness. The standard 80W Gallium Nitride charger is a highlight, but it would have been nice to have a multi-port.
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra does not seem to have any outstanding features in the black screen state. I'm not sure if this is the reason why ZTE's spokesperson Wu Jing is a tough guy.
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra screen is designed with a 71° curvature that hides the screen bezel so well that the entire display appears flawless to the naked eye, and there are no common holes or bangs at the top. When you think about it, the black area of the front camera on a normal screen is not too big, but I didn't think that switching to such a whole screen could give such a big visual shock.
The ▼Axon 40 Ultra features a 6.8-inch AMOLED full-screen, 2480 x 1116 resolution, 1500nit peak brightness, full P3 color gamut coverage, 10bit color depth, and 1440Hz high-frequency PWM dimming to reduce flicker and improve viewing experience.
▼The fingerprint unlock module and front-facing camera are hidden underneath this screen. ZTE has been engaged in this under-screen camera technology for a long time, and the technical precipitation is still relatively adequate. Change the phone to white wallpaper, brightness to the brightest, still can not see the camera, only from the original film deliberately left out of the hole to determine its location.
With the new technology, the phone can control each pixel individually, and with the full-screen blue diamond arrangement, the entire phone has a pixel density of 400 PPI. With the MRC algorithm, intelligent pixel enhancement, intelligent display optimization technology, and the highest 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate, the images are silky smooth and fine, whether for text reading or video playback.
▼The back of the phone is made of glass with a shiny sandblasted surface (more advanced than the frosted process), which retains the smoothness of glass and the coarse texture of frosted, and feels good in the hand and is not easy to leave fingerprints. The camera module is located in the upper left corner, with three 64-megapixel cameras lined up in order from top to bottom. The Flicker sensor next to the camera can effectively suppress photo strobe, and the TOF laser focus sensor is mainly used to assist focusing in dark light conditions.
The details of the camera module are very design-oriented, with a large convex base with trapezoidal internal narrowing rounded corners, and you can also find that the base has a clear drop, neat and layered, and the overall process is quite exquisite. NEOVISION PHOTOGRAPHY] The small label even made a characteristic summary of its image system.
The back glass back panel is curved and heat bent to form a 71° side curvature and 2.9mm deep bend angle. Officially defined as "waterfall", the smooth bending lines are indeed worthy of the name.
▼The Axon 40 Ultra is 8.41mm thick and weighs about 204g. Compared to mainstream flagships, the Axon 40 Ultra with its large 5,000mAh battery has good thickness control, and its weight is only moderate, so it's basically not a problem for users.
Flagship hardware combination for uncompromising gaming experience
The Axon 40 Ultra is positioned as a flagship, so naturally, it will not shrink in hardware configuration. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 + LPDDR5 + UFS3.1 iron triangle combination is enough to satisfy the most discerning users. In terms of storage performance, you can see that the phone has a sequential read speed of 1872.2MB/s and a sequential write speed of 1294.3MB/s. This figure has already caught up with PC PCIE3.0 solid state drives that use the NVME protocol.
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra scored 9,295 points in the 3DMARK Wild Life test, which is the top flagship level.
▼Networking, the Axon 40 Ultra is equipped with the latest WiFi 6E, which adds the 6GHz band to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, resulting in greater data throughput (peak rate of 3.6Gbps), lower latency (less than 3ms), and multiple concurrent triple-channel network acceleration that is a boon to gaming enthusiasts.
▼ZTE MyOS 12 is built on the deep customization of Android 12, and has unique means of optimization for the gaming area. You can also open various useful services, such as screenshot, screen recording, cleaning and acceleration, and you can also set your own performance enhancement methods.
Thanks to the top hardware configuration, [Glory of the King] can still guarantee 110+ FPS with very high frame rate, ultra-high resolution, and HD quality on, and no lagging or frame drops occur even during intense group battles.
▼I originally wanted to try Perfdog, but found that it has started to charge, and free users can only record 30 minutes of data, and the FPS is not displayed after the test is completed, so I can only look at some simple parameters.
The overall gaming experience is that the Axon 40 Ultra is able to maintain a smooth level at the best screen, and the test data also shows that there is little jitter in the game frame rate during gameplay.
The addition of ▼High Brush is not only a plus in the field of gaming, the page scrolling is smoother when browsing the web, and for those who like to play B site, the screen is smoother when playing videos, the most obvious one is the pop-ups, the text does not appear to be jumping around, it is really sliding over.
Axon 40 Ultra uses a super dual-channel enhanced VC liquid cooling, a combination of diamond high-power gel and aerospace-grade micro-nano-cavity graphene phase change homogeneous plate, with a total cooling area of 36356m㎡. The heat dissipation data alone is indeed powerful, the specific effect or have to see the actual test.
▼Playing "Original Gods" for 30 minutes at the highest image quality in a room temperature of 25.6℃. The maximum temperature of the screen was measured at 37°C, and the back at 34.8°C. This temperature control result is satisfactory. I can't say that it is the most powerful heat sink, but at least it belongs to the top echelon.
▼In terms of charging, the Axon 40 Ultra has a 5000mAh battery and comes standard with an 80W charger, which would be perfect if the charger had a few jacks. The phone was lit up and consumed to 1% for a charging test. Measured 10 minutes to charge 30%, half an hour to charge 81%, at this point has entered the trickle charge state, a full charge took a total of 52 minutes.
3 X 64MP custom optical triple main camera with diverse play and strong quality
The ▼Axon 40 Ultra features a rare triple main camera design, all with 64 megapixels. The 16mm focal length ultra-wide and 35mm focal length humanities both use custom Sony IMX 787 sensors; the 91mm focal length is Howell Technology's 1/2-inch OV64B. Stellar Nikon-class full-system stabilization supports dual OIS optical stabilization + EIS stabilization.
▼In terms of view range. The super humanistic main camera light effect focal length is 35mm, so the view range will be narrow compared to the 24mm focal length of ordinary cell phones, the motion picture shows the field of view of a variety of lenses.
▼The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra's digital zoom can be up to 40x, and the dual anti-shake is also highly practical. The text at the farthest point is clearly legible, but the smear is heavy and the effect is acceptable. To be honest, at a time when telephoto capabilities are increasingly neglected, the Axon 40 Ultra is already very conscientious.
▼The three main cameras of the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra all support preset focus, which means you can set the focus distance in advance when shooting and shoot immediately without focusing when you see a suitable scene, so those who like to capture photos should like it.
▼The preset focus is indicated by a red stroke line. The red line is darkest when the focus distance is accurate, and lightens when it is close or far, which is helpful in some special scenes (such as strong sunlight).
The Axon 40 Ultra's images are light and elegant, without the brightness of a scene, but with a high degree of color reproduction and a large base that helps with bokeh. I personally like this style, and with the 35mm humanities lens is very suitable for shooting the kind of photos with storytelling.
The camera quality is good in the ▼Night View mode, and the direct light source is not overexposed, the halo is well suppressed, and the resolution is good, so you can still see the details after zooming in. The whole picture is relatively clean.
▼The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra can support up to ultra HD 8K video recording, with a separate VLOG function and a variety of special effects, and also supports multi-camera recording and shooting.
▼Video shooting follows the ZTE Axon30's Stannikon level stabilization, which is standard for videographers, and dual OIS optical stabilization + EIS stabilization can quickly capture images to improve the film production rate. However, as far as I can tell, the algorithmic stabilization should be used, and the hardware stabilization gap is still relatively obvious.
▼In fact, the most interesting aspect of the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra imaging system is its playability, with a built-in camera family that is super versatile and rich in preset filters. If you feel that the original film effect is on the light side, you can use the KD series with high contrast, or use the Bresson style with high contrast black and white to create a storytelling photo.
▼For graphic creators, the camera family of the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra also has a lot of nice little features, such as this [Multiple Exposure] direct shooting of multiple photos automatically film composite, especially convenient when shooting keyboard, mouse real-world display, in one fell swoop, no need to use PS to post.
▼ Monochromatic color enhances the idea that the photographer wants to express, and it's as simple as creating a high-fashion circle of friends.
▼The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra has a separate macro shot, and the 6400W pixel ultra wide-angle lens invoked in this mode is still very powerful in terms of shooting quality.
The weakest image is the front-facing camera hidden under the screen, which can be used to scan the face and so on, but those who have very high requirements for selfies are advised to consider it carefully.
Nearly a week of heavy use has given me a good amount of knowledge about the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra, and I'll end by talking briefly about the phone from a few angles.
Face value with "ceiling" to describe no exaggeration. The flawless true full waterfall screen is highly recognizable and visually stunning, so you no longer have to struggle with the black spots on the screen. The flash sand glass back panel, curved heat curved waterfall screen and excellent packaging technology also bring excellent hand feeling.
ZTE's MyOS system is similar to native Android, with some optimizations. In fact, this system is somewhat similar to the original OnePlus Hydrogen OS system, so those who like to try various APPs on their own will like it.
The performance of the ZTE Axon 40 belongs to the current top configuration, temperature control and power consumption is also considered good, do not worry too much about this aspect. However, the whole system tuning is conservative, and overall it has to lose, right?
The last is the camera, first of all I want to remind friends who like to take selfies, it is best to try the camera first. If you don't care much about selfies and value the rear camera more, the ZTE Axon 40 is quite good in terms of quality of shots and playability.
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