ZTE Axon 10 Pro review: the new budget flagship king

by birtanpublished on September 28, 2020

If you haven't noticed smartphone prices are out of control buying a new Samsung Huawei or Apple smartphone will easily say you back $1,000 if not more fortunately though a few years back oneplus introduced the concept that a flagship smartphone

Doesn't need to be ridiculously expensive delivering a device which offers 90% of what the most expensive devices have to offer at a price that's dramatically lower these days the budget flagship segment has expanded quite a

Bit from just one pluses devices to include dozens of other options from honor Asus Acer Xiaomi and many more and then there's this one here ZTE axon 10 Pro which may actually be the best option of them all I'm Nick Griffin fan

Droid and this is our review of the ZTE axon 10 Pro when it comes to its spec sheet this phone checks all the right boxes since this is a flagship to your device it is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 8

Gigabytes of RAM and then there's 256 gigabytes of storage with a micro SD card slot which is actually becoming quite rare these days there's a triple camera setup on the back with a 48 megapixel Sony sensor 20 megapixel

Camera with an ultra wide lens and then a 3x telephoto lens that's paired with an 8 megapixel sensor up front there is a 20 megapixel selfie camera in the teardrop notch which is cut out from the phones to 6.5 inch AMOLED display which

Also includes an embedded fingerprint sensor on the power side you do get a four thousand milliamp hour battery but the real highlight here is the inclusion of wireless charging which typically is only included on smartphones that cost

$1,000 or more these days and this one here cost 550 dollars and if you're willing to throw in an extra $50 though you can bump up the 8 gigabytes of RAM all the way to 12 when it comes to its design the ZTE axon 10 pro really isn't

Anything special featuring an aluminum frame sandwiched between gorilla glass on the front and the back and the blue color option here has been done quite a bit lately that being said though it is nice to see another color option besides

The usual black and whites that we see on most Isis as with most ZTE smartphones the build is refined and the fact that the third camera on the back of the phone isn't raised is a nice touch the power

Button on the side of the phone Falls perfectly where your thumb typically rests but if you use the in display fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone which happens to work extremely well you'll probably never use it that much

While the hardware is top-notch ZTE has never really been known for its software over the years the company has received a lot of criticism for its skinned versions of Android and software updates that come months too late but the

Company has actually been working really hard to improve its track record here on the 10 Pro I was pleasantly surprised to see a nearly stock build of Android which delivers a dramatically improved user experience over what ZTE had

Delivered in the past to be truthful though ZT may have actually toned things down just a little bit too much since all the customization options that you had before are no longer there the launcher is pretty much stocked with the

Google feed to the far left and a few customization options for transitions and the icon grid the interface is fluid and fast and ZTE has even replicated the Android 10 navigational gestures even though this phone is still running on

Android 9 like GT e–'s Nubia branded phones there is a dedicated gaming mode that's built into the phone that kills off background processes to ensure that the games that you're playing take full advantage of the phone's hardware but

Honestly it is a little bit of overkill since the hardware on this phone is superb the eight gigabytes of RAM is more than enough to keep six to eight applications running in the background even while you're playing your favorite

Game and for those who are curious and comparing this phone to the 12 gigabyte version of the oneplus 7 pro I found that this phone's performance was overall just as good of course playing games for hours on end can take a

Massive toll on a phone's battery life but since this phone has a four thousand milliamp hour cell on the inside users shouldn't be too worried if you're a heavy gamer and consume a lot of media throughout the day the axon 10 pro will

Get you through an entire day just fine but you may want to plug it in at the end of the afternoon if you're planning on going out for the evening under regular use I averaged five to six hours of screen on time

Over the course of a 14 our day with a good 20% charge before I plug the phone in at night and with quick charge for Pannell the phone's battery can charge from zero to a hundred percent in just over 90 minutes

Oh and let's not forget about wireless charging a feature that even oneplus is deemed it to be too expensive for it's seven hundred and fifty dollar smart phone personally I'm a big fan and who knows

ZT may even throw in reverse wireless charging next time around when it comes to the phone 6.5 inch AMOLED display I don't have any real major complaints it does feature a curved panel just like some of the most expensive devices on

The market you which does add a little bit of an extra glare but it's not too bad the 1080 by 2340 pixel resolution is expected at this price point and the panel is extremely bright offering great

Visibility in direct sunlight and it does support HDR 10 as well which offers a great viewing experience when you're sitting back and enjoying a movie or TV show and to top things off ZTE is also thrown in an always-on display mode for

Notifications and the time but it would have been nice if there were a couple customization options thrown in as well the biggest point of contention which typically differentiates phones in this category from true flagship devices is

The camera experience now we're not just talking hardware since a lot of phones these days even $300 devices have multi sensor setups for their main cameras we're talking about the actual image and video quality here the versatility

Offered by the standard ultra wide and 3x telephoto is pretty incredible and the overall image quality isn't bad either images are sharp with great colors and white balance but that being said though ZTE really can't compete in

This day of computational photography when devices like the pixels 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 incredible looking images now to be fair these images aren't bad not even close but they do pale in comparison when you

Put them up against the best devices that are out there if you enjoy taking selfies you will get pretty good images out of the front-facing 20 megapixel camera when the gliding conditions are right but don't expect miracles that

You're taking images and low-light conditions in a restaurant or at night and since taking images in low-light conditions with the main camera really isn't ideal on the auto mode they've thrown in a dedicated

Night mode as well which brightens up the scene and pulls in a lot more detail so where does that leave us with the ZTE axon 10 Pro the hardware here is incredible and the software is good and performance is exactly what you would

Expect even out of $1,000 smartphone and then you have a camera that's okay but could use a little bit of polish as you can see this five hundred and fifty dollar smartphone could go head-to-head with some of the most expensive devices

On the market it probably wouldn't win every single one of those matchups but that's perfectly fine when you know that you have an extra four hundred dollars just sitting in your wallet the most surprising thing though is that

This phone actually beats out one plus at its own game offering flagship tier Hardware and a clean software experience at a very very appealing price making the ZTE axon 10 pro the new king of the budget flagship smartphone segment and

That's definitely something I wasn't expecting when this phone showed up

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