The Axon 10 Pro was introduced on February 1, 2019 and was initially aimed at the high-end market. At the time of this test's release, the price of the Axon 10 Pro was $ 545. This makes it a "premium" cell phone that does not compete directly with "high end" cell phones, the price of which is much higher.

Industrial design

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro was built with an updated industrial design compared to last year's ZTE Axon 9 Pro. The appearance is pleasant and a dual-curve design (front and back) is used, which is similar to that of Samsung or Huawei high-end cell phones.

With a width of 73.4 mm (a) and a Thickness of 7.9 mm (0.31 inch) the smartphone lies comfortably in the hand. We use U.S. M gloves as a reference for male hand size, so this varies from person to person.

The device weighs 175 grams (6.17 ounces) and we would consider this weight to be slightly heavier than average. It has a considerable battery capacity in relation to its size and the screen-to-body ratio of 87.9% (our calculation) is excellent.

This chassis has IP54 protection, which means that it is splash-proof (light rain), but not submersible. It's not uncommon for the highest IP68 certification to be lacking in the under $ 700 range. If that's really important to you, the Galaxy S10e is IP68 certified (submersible) and can be bought for less than $ 600.

A protective case is included to protect the Axon 10 Pro phone. We found it very decent and the transparent color (with a light blue hue) has remained stable after several weeks of use.

Audio

According to the current trends, this smartphone does not have a 3.5 mm connection (however, an adapter is included). You can then decide whether this is good or bad. Over time, people got used to the idea and complained less about this lack of functionality.

One of the highlights of the phone is its Dual speakers, that gives a powerful sound experience. It's about as loud as the Galaxy Note 10+, but the difference is that by default, ZTE set the sound to sound a bit more acute (good for intelligibility), while Samsung emphasized the bass.

This phone supports DTS: X Ultra Surround Sound for headphones.

Display (AMOLED, 6.47 ”)

Using an AMOLED display is an excellent choice for the Axon 10 Pro because it can reproduce deep black perfectly and has good color reproduction 100% of the sRGB color Color range (the best mobile displays can reach over 140%, but 100% are considered excellent for laptops).

With a Brightness of 715 NITsAxon 10 Pro doesn't compete with the 1363 NITs we measured on the Galaxy S10 +, but it does match phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro or OnePlus 6T. The peak brightness is great in very bright environments, such as outdoors or in a bright studio, but you don't need extreme intensity (1000 NITs + very often).

The Resolution 2340 × 1080 is clearly not the highest you can get at the top end of the market (3040 × 1440 is common), but a number of manufacturers have decided that 1080p is "good enough" for most users and that more money is not enough to get a good return. In a way, it's true, and users can choose for themselves.

The display also contains a fingerprint on the display, which is trending in 2019. Like other such sensors, it is not as fast as the older capacitive sensors, but we are swapping speed for design here.

You can activate the optional Always-ON function to keep the time, date and battery life available at all times. I like it and use this option whenever possible. With such functions, OLED screens consume little power, so switching them on doesn't cost much.

The hole-hole selfie camera design makes the screen appear particularly large with relatively small bezels. It's not as crazy as Samsung or Huawei high-end phones, but within this price range, it's a great option.

ZTE Axon 10 camera

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro is supplied with a triple camera system (+1 optical sensor for bokeh) in the form of

  • 27 mm 48 MP 1: 1.7 wide (primary) + OIS
  • 80 mm 20 MP 1: 2.4 zoom + OIS
  • 14 mm 20 MP 1: 2.2 ultra wide

It is important to understand that The 48-megapixel primary camera runs in auto mode with 12 megapixels. It is possible to switch to 48 MP manually. However, this mode can affect functions such as multi-frame noise reduction and HDR.

The 48-megapixel Samsung S5KGM2 is a Quad Bayer sensor that is renamed "Tetra Cell" to combine four pixels into one (a technique known as pixel binning) in order to increase the dynamic range (HDR ) or to catch more light at night.

These cameras have decent hardware for the price, but the openings of the Zoom and Ultrawide modules could be larger.

164Image quality ratingUBER-G SCORESCoring- / Ranking-SystemnameIQImage-Quality-based rating systemCAMERAMobile PremiumCategory based on the price2019-02Device introduction dateZTE Axon 10 ProDevice brand and name

With a Uber-G camera IQ Score from 164, The ZTE Axon 10 does not work as well as we expected due to the triple camera specifications. The higher-ranking cameras include the iPhone 11 (174), the Galaxy S10e (175), the Honor 20 Pro (175), the Galaxy S10 (177) and the Huawei P30 Pro (180). Check the full list.

In absolute terms, the quality is still pretty good, but not as high as with newer competitors like the Honor 20 Pro camera or the OnePlus 7 Pro camera. Instead, the Axon 10 Pro's total score is closer to the LG V40 camera or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera, which is slightly older. ZTE is not yet ready to compete with high-end mobile cameras.

"ZTE IS NOT READY TO COMPETE IN HIGH-END MOBILE CAMERAS"

in the something The Axon 10 Pro performs well in low light. For example, it captures pretty good colors and details with night-time street lighting. The fine noise is more pleasant than with other cameras where block noise occurs, e.g. B. with the Pixel 3 camera or the Honor View 20 camera.

Context: what your eyes see

The example above shows how both phones aggressively "brighten" the scene (which can be good or bad), but the Axon 10 Pro does not manage the contrast and color tones, as well as the Note 10+. As a result, the photos appear boring, flatter and more difficult to edit.

A cropped view is much better to illustrate the difference in noise, color, contrast, and detail quality between the Axon 10 Pro and the Galaxy Note 10.

Surprisingly, in a more even situation (without HDR) in low light conditions (~ 4-0.5 LUX and less), the ZTE Axon 10 Pro camera has more difficulty avoiding noise and preserving details, and the additional sharpening filter adds undesirable artifacts . Keep in mind that filtering is fine, but to a point.

in the extremely dim light Under conditions (0.5 – 0.1 LUX), ZTE cannot compete with new Huawei / Honor phones with night vision functions with a high ISO value.

Ultrawide (UW) night photography is actually pretty good and surpasses the Huawei P30 Pro and Honor 20 Pro, but can't quite match the quality of the Galaxy Note 10 UW camera, which is still the best to this day.

The Axon 10 camera falls behind the competition Daylight photographywith details and colors that are not as good as the competitors mentioned above and of course behind the best mobile cameras in our ranking.

Above, color and HDR problems are particularly noticeable because they drastically change the appearance of the scene and cause an unpredictable loss of control for the photographer. With the Honor 20 Pro, the mood of the original scene can be better captured.

The levels of brightness at various points in the scene above also differ significantly from those the photographer is viewing.

A cropped view of the photos below shows that both the noise and level of detail on the ZTE side need to be improved significantly.

"AN INTERESTING VALUE PROPOSAL"

To complete the positive Zoom performance of the Axon 10 Pro is slightly above what we would expect from the specifications. The details are slightly better than the Mate 20 Pro / Honor 20 Pro. For the time being, P30 Pro remains our reference for zoom performance and remains far ahead.

Aside from the absolute performance, the Axon 10 Pro camera has the advantage of being priced at $ 545. Together with the Galaxy S10e, the LG G8 camera and the Huawei P30, this makes your camera an interesting value proposition in this market segment.

System speed

Equipped with the Snapdragon 855, the Axon Pro 10 offers excellent system performance. Synthetic benchmarks show results that are within ~ 1.5% of what we got with the Galaxy S10e or the OnePlus 7 Pro – no surprise.

Geekbench 4 is a CPU / memory speed test

GFXBench is a popular gaming / graphics test

Different cooling techniques can result in slightly different performance results over longer gaming sessions. In general, however, phones with the same processor behave similarly unless the user interface software is poorly implemented or it gets updated with an unusually fast refresh of the display (90 Hz vs. 60 Hz).

Snapdragon 855 has an excellent 4G LTE modem, which is classified as CATegory 20 (2 Gbit / s) theoretically Download), one of the fastest LTE services in the United States. It also comes with WiFi 6 support.

We have reviewed Snapdragon 855 in detail, including its performance profile, and we can confirm that the Axon 10 Pro is very fast and a good choice for gaming and entertainment.

"FIXED CHOICE FOR GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT"

Benchmarks alone should NOT make a purchase decision for smartphones. For more information, see Are benchmarks important? Items.

Wireless (3G / 4G) performance is often considered the "maximum" download / upload speed, but it is average 4G speed that counts. 4G / LTE is the most important network of interest these days, but 5G is coming.

The higher the theoretical LTE performance and the better the actual average performance. Note that mobile operators are building better and more efficient LTE networks to reduce their own cost efficiency. 5G brings mobile operators and cuts costs even more.

The basic version of Axon 10 Pro has 6 GB RAMHowever, there have been discussions about 8 GB or 12 GB versions. So keep your eyes open. More RAM doesn't usually change the synthetic benchmark numbers, but it can help keep your phone fast if you use a lot of apps.

ZTE says it uses machine learning to preload apps so users can get a quick experience loading apps. It's a great idea, and a lot of OEMs say the same thing. It's not easy to compare them all, but the phone feels pretty quick.

Oddly enough, the Axon 10 Pro is equipped with one USB 2.0 (via USB-C) connectivity, so downloading photos or movies to a computer may be slower than that of competitors with USB 3.0 connectivity.

battery

With a 4000 mAh battery Capacity, the Axon 10 Pro is very competitive in its price category and has more battery than most phones (Mi9, S10e, OP6T, OP7). It also fits the Meizu Note 9 or flips the OnePlus 7 or the LG G8 ThinQ.

With the included 18W charger, you get one Charging speed of 68mAh / mn, that is pretty good. For reference, the fastest charge is 100 mAh / mn (Huawei P30 Pro) and the slowest 20 mAh / mn (iPhone Xs Max). 50 mAh / mn are the standard today.

"HAS MORE BATTERY THAN MOST TELEPHONE PEOPLE COMPARE IT WITH"

If you use a different “quick charger”, the speed will drop significantly, possibly because the phone switches to a more conservative mode because it cannot identify the unknown charger.

Unfortunately, the phone was unable to run the PCMark Android battery test (many times) and we don't know if this is due to "optimization" or if there is a stability issue, but this was the only roadblock we encountered.

The PCMark team says this is the case with many handsets because the phone software shuts down what they think is a “process out of control”. This is a shame because this phone should have performed well due to its large battery.

Wireless charging can be very convenient, and the Axon 10 Pro comes with one 15W integrated wireless charging Option (Qi standard). This battery charging method is best for users who spend most of their time at the desk. It is also great for overnight charging and it is even possible to find a wireless charger in your car.

Conclusion

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro (official site) is a good smartphone that has been carefully designed and built. Thanks to the largely pristine Android user interface and good audio performance, it offers excellent performance and user experience. Wearing feels good and the industrial design is pleasant.

At about ~ $ 499- $ 549this handset offers an excellent price-performance ratio and takes the lead in CPU and graphics performance. for the price. It's one of the best system value for money we've ever seen, and so is the camera. ZTE has judged it wisely.

"ZTE JUST PRICED IT"

The camera is the Achilles heel of the ZTE Axon 10 Pro, because in this price range you will find the Galaxy S10e camera or the OnePlus 7 Pro camera, which are better according to our Camera IQ benchmark.

ZTE has continued to improve its phone range, and although we think Axon 10 Pro should have been better, we look forward to seeing the next handset from them.

Overall product rating: 9.1 / 10

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