ZTE Axon 40 pro full review


Does this ZTE Axon 40 pro really a good upgrade? So, I’m going to give you a complete review of its Display, Design and build, Performance, Memory, Storage, Software, Battery, Camera, Main camera, Lenses, Selfie camera, Connectivity, Network, Sound, and pretty much everything that comes in this device, I will tell you my final thoughts about this phone, also I’m going to tell you it’s price.

ZTE Axon 40 pro

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ZTE Axon 40 pro:


Type AMOLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, 1000 nits (peak)
Size 6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~90.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)

ZTE Axon 40 Pro has an amazing 6.67 inches AMOLED, 120Hz display, HDR10+ support, and a peak brightness of 1000 nits.  It is also Full HD+ with a PPI density of 395. This display is faster and more accurate with 120Hz support and with a peak brightness of 1300 nits making the phone experience great during day time. The gaming experience is also going to be very good because of its 120Hz refresh rate and also the content watching will be good with deep blacks and high contrast ratio. Thanks to DCIP3 technology. ZTE Axon 40 pro is using the AMOLED panel. Which is good and can deliver faster performance with no touch lag issuers. The display is also protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Screen to body ratio is 88.4% which will give you thinner bezels. The display ratio is 20:9 which means content watching will be amazing.


Dimensions 161.1 x 74.3 x 8 mm (6.34 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)
Weight 197 g (6.95 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

ZTE Axon 40 Pro has a nice camera bump on the back. Which makes it look futuristic and strong. The rear is made of Glass and the frame is made of plastic, which makes it a little lighter than other Flagship smartphones. There’s no IP68 water and dust resistance in this ZTE Axon 40 pro. The phone is protected by a plastic frame that’s why it makes it lighter by 197 grams. Talking about the design, the Camera bump takes up so much space for the camera itself. The fingerprint scanner it’s located in the in-display and has some amazing speeds because of new big optical sensor in the display.


Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
Architecture 1x 3.2 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
Cores 8
Frequency 3200 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A
L3 cache 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers
TDP 10 W
GPU name Adreno 650

ZTE Axon 40 Pro is launching with the most-fastest chipset which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 870. Which scores in the top 10 in AnTuTu 9 benchmarks. These higher performance cores make the phone experience much smoother with the 120Hz display. The gaming experience will be awesome with the new cooling system in this smartphone. The Adreno 650 is one of the most powerful GPUs in this price segment right now, which makes the ZTE Axon 40 pro-more-faster than other Flagship smartphones. I already published a complete article on this chipset you can check that out here Qualcomm Snapdragon 870. We will talk about the AnTuTu 9 scores in a minute but first, let’s take a look at the memory and storage.


RAM size  8, 12GB
Memory type LPDDR5
Channels 2
Storage size 256, 512 GB
Storage type UFS 3.1
Memory card No

ZTE Axon 40 Pro is launching with 2 variants of ram and 2 variants of storage which are 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, and 512GB 12GB RAM of ram. And with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, the performance will be much smoother. The ram is LPDDR5 with a memory frequency of 2750MHz. ZTE Axon 40 Pro has the fastest UFS 3.1 storage. Which will load the apps much faster. There is no SD card support which is no issue because you can get a 256GB model.


Antutu 9 Benchmarks

CPU 192713
GPU 240595
Memory 112810
UX 146425
Total score 697799

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 shows the best Antutu 9 scores. We can see a big jump in GPU performance. The total performance of the GPU is 240595, which is a bit faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The CPU also shows one of the best scores. It is 192713 which is a bit faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The memory scores also show a significant boost. Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 memory is faster than Snapdragon 865, and Snapdragon 865 Plus. The Ux is also showing one of the best performances. It is 146425, which is faster than Snapdragon 865, and Snapdragon 865 Plus. Total scores are above 697799. Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 is considerably gaining performance boost and beating some of the latest processors in the flagship category.


Operating system Android 12

The ZTE Axon 40 Pro is going to be launching with Android 12 straight out of the box. Which is more customizable than Android 11 and has tons of new features. This new custom ROM is optimized well with new cool animations and wallpapers. This new MyOS 12 fix old bugs like touch lags, camera app improvements, new layouts, improved dark mode, and a new gaming turbo engine. OPPO is known for its good software optimization with its new custom ROM.


Capacity 5000 mAh
Charge power 66 W
Wireless charging No
Reverse wireless charging No
Battery type Li-Po
Full charging time 0.45 hr

ZTE Axon 40 Pro comes with massive 66 watts of charger. Which can fully charge the ZTE Axon 40 pro in 45 minutes which is fast. There is no wireless charging support. The charging speeds are so good that on 15 minutes of charge this ZTE Axon 40 pro can last up to 6 hours thanks to that massive 5000MAh battery. ZTE Axon 40 Pro is a full-day phone I mean this phone can last all day long.


Matrix 50 megapixels
Image resolution 8700 x 5800
Zoom Digital
Flash Dual LED
Stabilization Digital
8K video recording No
4K video recording 60 FPS
1080p video recording Up to 120FPS
Lenses (50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP)

ZTE Axon 40 Pro has 4 cameras at the back and the main camera is awesome. The ZTE Axon 40 pro main Camera is 50 megapixel Sony IMX 766 F/1.8. What makes this camera setup even more awesome is that this camera lens is combined with the wide aperture of F/1.8, the wider the aperture the more light will it collect and the more sharp the image and video quality will be. This ZTE Axon 40 pro can record video at 4K at 60 FPS. This is amazing the video will contain more details thanks to its good optimization software and the high-end processor. You can also record 1080P at 120FPS which will contain even more details and will be sharper. There is no Optical image stabilization. The ZTE Axon 40 Pro has 2 more camera lenses. Let’s talk about that in detail.


Quad 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.52″, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm, 120˚ (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10, 10‑bit video

As I mentioned above that this 50 MP sensor is good. But this Axon 40 Pro has 3 more camera lenses. There is another camera sensor of 8MP which is an ultra-wide camera. And it’s so wide the field of view is 120 degrees which is wider than other smartphones. This camera sensor also has some amazing autofocus. This sensor can take amazing shots with high accuracy. Its aperture is F/2.2, which makes it sharp and contains good tons of subjects. This ZTE Axon 40 Pro has an amazing camera setup, with fast autofocus lenses, high sensors, and good software optimization. There is a 2Mp camera with macro and depth lens. Which is not quite useful because of their MP count,


Single 16 MP, (wide)
Features HDR
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps

When it comes to selfie cameras the ZTE Axon 40 Pro has a single punch whole camera of 16MP which has the largest pixels. This single-punch whole camera contains some awesome details when it comes to daytime shots. At night time this camera sensor struggles a lot.  And what makes me more concerned is about its aperture because its aperture, which is only F/2.0 which means the photos will look accurate as other smartphones, also this camera will be good at night because the sensor is big with a wider aperture, which means the selfie camera can capture more light. The camera video capabilities are also kept at 4K at 30FPS and 1080P at 30FPS only.


Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth version 5.2
USB type USB Type-C
NFC* Yes

This ZTE Axon 40 Pro is launching with the Wi-Fi 6 which is faster, more efficient, and gives you less latency when compared to the Wi-Fi 5. Which will make the user experience smoother and faster. There is also the support of Bluetooth 5.2. Which is also faster and more efficient than version 5.1. Axon 40 Pro has the USB type C gen 3.1 support which makes sense because of the 66 watts of fast wire charging so it must need more bandwidth for charging speeds. It also helps with data transfer because it helps with faster read and write speeds. ZTE Axon 40 Pro also has NFC support which is also useful. You can pay, and transfer files at high speeds thanks to NFC support.


Speakers Yes, with stereo speakers
Headphone audio jack No

The ZTE Axon 40 Pro comes with stereo speakers. This ZTE Axon 40 Pro has nice sound quality with a nice amount of bass in it. This will help in gaming because there are two speakers one at the bottom and one at the top which will help gamers. Video watching and hearing to music also going to be good. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack which is neither good nor bad.


Colors Black, Gold, Blue

The ZTE Axon 40 Pro is launched in three different colors. Black, Gold, and Blue. OPPO is known for its premium colors with good contexts. I like the Black color because it looks better than these two colors.


This smartphone will be costing around $750 which is way cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 pro max.

Final Thoughts:

If you are looking for a good Flagship phone, good gaming phone, good design, good display, and amazing performance then this Axon 40 Pro is worth buying. Because it has all the needs that a good consumer needs.

So, this was my full review of this ZTE Axon 40 pro.
If you guys learned something new then make sure to check out my other articles as well as my YouTube channel.

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My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

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