ZTE Axon 40 Ultra im Test

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Fast operation thanks to Qualcomm’s high-end graphics chip and a data memory of 108 GB (minus the system data).
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  • high-quality workmanship with a velvety glass back
  • 6.8-inch full-surface OLED display, qualitatively one of the best on the market
  • High-End-Chip, volle Connectivity
  • outstanding battery life of 13:25 hours
  • Fast charging with 60 watts
  • three focal lengths, main camera with very good image quality

  • no water and dust protection
  • bad GSM reception
  • Quality of the front camera not on class level
  • moderate update supply


connect verdict: very good (428 out of 500 points)


ZTE is an underdog in Germany in terms of sales figures and cannot compete with strong Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Realme and Oppo. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good smartphone from ZTE. On the contrary, as our test shows! Is the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra the insider tip of the year? We are very pleased with the high-quality workmanship of the Axon 40 Ultra.

ZTE gives the smartphone a matte black glass back that doesn’t have to hide behind devices from Oppo or Oneplus in terms of feel. The velvety glass ends with a strong curvature on the long sides in a very thin metal frame. The buttons placed there have a crisp pressure point, and the power button is easy to feel thanks to its ribbing. The frame is ground flat on the top and bottom and houses two real stereo speakers there. They sound decent and punchy and can even be adjusted in the settings using the equalizer thanks to DTS. At the processing The only thing missing is certified water and dust protection, which the Axon 40 Ultra has in view of the rest of the quality and the Price of 830 euros would have looked very good.

Display des Axon 40 Ultra

A massive OLED display spreads out on the front. It stretches over 6.8 inches, making it one of the largest on the market. ZTE bends the long sides of the screen strongly, which means that you almost only hold the display in your hand when you look at it from above. 1,116 x 2,480 pixels resolution ensure a fine picture and 120 hertz frame rate for fairly smooth scrolling. Thanks to HDR10+, color and contrast reproduction are very crisp. The data from the laboratory surprised us, because the display of the Axon 40 Ultra outshines almost every other panel in the measurements.

Only Sony’s OLED display in the Xperia 1 IV can keep up, so the Axon also comes with the price for the best display of this year reap. Not bad for an underdog! But that’s not all, there is another special feature under the screen: one Selfie camera, which can take photos through the OLED display. There’s the optical one Fingerprint sensor almost banal without being any less practical. However, it unlocks the phone rather sluggishly compared to other sensors from the competition.

ZTE skillfully bends the OLED display of the Axon 40 Ultra around the long sides, where it ends in a metal frame that is only two millimeters wide.
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camera quality

ZTE installs a trio of cameras on the back, consisting of one Ultraweitwinkel-, wide angle– and one Telemodule with 5.7x optical zoom. What is special about the main camera is the relatively long focal length of 35 mm (converted to 35 mm) – the standard is more between 24 and 30 mm. That’s why ZTE calls the main optics “Humanity Camera”, which refers to the usage scenario of street photography, which is typical for this focal length.

No matter which camera you choose, all three sensors have a resolution of a whopping 64 megapixels. the photo quality is consistently good to very good, only the digital double zoom delivers mediocre results. More on this in the photo benchmark above. The camera app offers many features.

So you can take a photo or video with all cameras at the same time, snap multiple exposures or try light painting. A professional mode including RAW recordings is also available. The ultra-wide-angle optics are also suitable for macro photos. ZTE can improve the partially poor translation of the options, from which one cannot always derive the respective function. Otherwise, the rest of the software on the Axon 40 Ultra makes a good, albeit poor, impression.

The three cameras consist of an ultra wide-angle, a wide-angle and a telephoto module with a 5.7x zoom.
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Operating system and usage

ZTE delivers its top phone with the latest Android 12 over which the in-house MyOS user interface is placed. Its design is simple and reminiscent of native Android – so there aren’t as many colorful icons as on Samsung. The features are similarly simple. A data safe, app cloning or side panel for quick access to frequently used apps and features are not available, but they are actually common in the upper class. However, there are various ways that Customize user interface. The shapes and colors of system symbols can be adjusted or the always-on display can be configured according to your own wishes.

One drawback: ZTE couldn’t give us a guaranteed Update on Android 13 promise. security patches is also only available for two years. Both are far too few for a top phone.

The user interface offers space for individuality both visually and audibly with the help of an equalizer. It is also possible to define certain gestures in the settings.
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operation and equipment

The Axon 40 Ultra is quick and easy to use. This is ensured by Qualcomm’s high-end chip Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Gaming is also more demanding Chart possible in the highest settings. On data storage minus the system, 108 GB remain. For a top smartphone in this price range, it would be nice to have more, especially since there is no memory expansion via microSD. However, dual SIM is available, 5G is now a matter of course, as is NFC and Bluetooth 5.2. At home you are connected via Wi-Fi 6E, data is sent to the phone or computer via a USB-C connection with the 3.1 standard.

However, you should bring enough time for the data throughput of around 44 Mbyte/s that we measured. The display port standard, which can be used to connect the Axon 40 Ultra to a monitor if necessary, is practical. For the connection to the socket, ZTE uses a powerful 60-wattpower adapter into the packaging. It also includes a protective case and even wired headphones, which has become rare but unnecessary. We would have liked to see wireless charging, but unfortunately that is on the missing list. It’s really strong battery life of 13:25 hours that ZTE gets from the 5000 mAh battery. No other smartphone achieves this with the grade “very good” in the connect test. This means that two days of use are possible with normal use. All other measured values ​​from the laboratory are not that outstanding, but mostly solid.

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The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra scored “very good” in our 10/22 test.
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The WLAN antennas are well adjusted, which means that the Axon 40 Ultra achieves a maximum of 947 Mbit/s, but the value does not drop too much to 409 Mbit/s at a greater distance. The telephony acoustics and the noise suppression in noisy surroundings are very good. We give a “good” for the LTE reception, and this setting should be retained if possible. If you are traveling in poorly supplied areas, look into the tube, because the GSM reception is unfortunately poor. This circumstance also leads to an increased radiation factor. Leaving this slip aside, the Axon 40 Ultra is a very good top device that surprised us positively in many respects and actually qualifies as an insider tip.

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