ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G review: hands-on

Want to see ZTE’s shiny new 5G smartphone? Well you’re in luck. We took a look at the Axon 10 Pro 5G at MWC 2019. Here’s everything we learned.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G release date and price
The price and release date of the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G were not confirmed at launch and the ZTE staff I spoke with at the MWC booth could not shed any further light on these. two themes.

The model I saw had 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For reference, the 128GB Xiaomi mi 9 will cost € 499, so I would expect the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G to be priced similarly.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G – 5G, built-in fingerprint scanner and triple-lens main camera
The main claim to fame with the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is there in its name: it is a 5G phone, one of the first, according to ZTE.

Like almost every 5G flagship phone that was unveiled here at MWC 2019, it is powered by Qualcomm. Snapdragpon 855 processor and introducing the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem, so you should be able to enjoy multi-gigabit upload and download speeds, up to 5Gbps and 1Gbps, in theory, once 5G networks are up.

It’s frustrating that none of the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G models that I saw at the ZTE booth had SIM cards installed as I couldn’t navigate on any device.

What else can I say about the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G right now? It looks like a lot like last year’s Huawei P20 Pro, from the triple-lens main camera setup: a 40-megapixel f / 1.8 main sensor paired with a 20-megapixel 125-degree wide-angle lens and 8 Telephoto lens. megapixels: up to a 4000 mAh battery, up to a shiny blue metallic finish. Even the 6.47-inch AMOLED screen, which looked dazzling even under the intense blue light from ZTE’s stand, has a built-in fingerprint scanner (which fans of In fact, the limited-edition Porsche Design P20 Pro also had).

I briefly played with the camera to see what I could get out of its triple lens setup and it is clear that the phone was running an older version of the software. I was only able to take a few photos at a maximum magnification of 4x, and the results, which I have included here, are not great.

The “1.7-2.8” marking on the back suggests a wider opening than indicated on the specification sheet. Either way, the camera software is clearly not ready, so it’s unfair to judge at this point.

Speaking of cameras, it’s worth noting that the little front-facing camera that sits comfortably in one of the smallest teardrop notches I’ve seen has a 20-megapixel camera, which is big by comparison by selfie standards. The usual fur shading and sparkling eye effects were not present on the model I saw, another indication that this is not the case. a final construction software.

In Spain, ZTE has a reputation for making phones with excellent value for money, and although the software is not finished yet, the overall build quality of the Axon 10 Pro 5G was very good. It felt super premium, even though the glass back easily picked up fingerprints (but again, the same goes for all phones with a glossy back).

Overall, I’m impressed that this certainly has potential, but without having an idea of ​​when it will be available, how much it will cost, or even if the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G will arrive in Spain, it is difficult to do much more. judgment at this point.