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ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Review: New Phone with Invisible Selfie Cam

The Best Undetectable Front Camera On a Phone Till Now, Complete Notch-less 6.8-inch Display, and Incredible Flagship Smartphone Specs, Is It Worth The Money?

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A lot of speculation about the new phone ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review has been in the news lately. However, now that the flagship smartphone 2022 is finally here, we can do a full hands-on review. What is so spectacular about the newly released flagship? The excellent out-of-sight selfie camera and the big 120HZ 6.8-inch flexible no-notch AMOLED display. There is no shortage of high-end specs all around either. So, let us do a full review of this latest phone with incredible features and find out if it’s worth the expense. Another plus is that the pricing is highly competitive because it is under the US $870 starting price.

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How good is the display with the hidden selfie camera of this ZTE phone?

It might be the only smartphone 2022 with the best invisible front-facing camera. It can take hours to notice the selfie camera when doing a ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review. You can try to carefully investigate viewing at different angles and still will not detect it. It is just incredible how the ZTE smartphone brand accomplished such a feature.

Can not see any Selfie camera hidden expertly under display

Moreover, this new phone has a curved flexible 120Hz OLED display screen that has 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, and 400ppi full screen blue diamond arrangement. A flawless curved and large-size 6.8-inch screen showcases valid 10 bit, 1.07 billion colors, 1500 peak brightness, and 3000000:1 contrast ratio.

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ZTE Axon 40 Ultra 5G resolution compared with iPhone 13 Pro

First Things First: The Unboxing

Unboxing this premium ZTE phone, we find a few surprises. Take out the cover, and there is the sleek and endless curved display phone with a hidden selfie camera. The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review for unboxing unveils that there is a 65W charger, silicone case, sim ejector pin, and a user guide. Some packages might contain USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter, and some have wired earphones.

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ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Review

Unboxing this new phone, you will notice the large-size 6.8-inch curved full display and a sleek body. There are skinny bezels above and below. Strikingly, you will see no front-facing camera. It is under the display screen and expertly hidden. The only way to see it is by throwing a flashlight on the display.

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As we do the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review for design, we notice a frosted matte glass back. There are dual DTX Ultra speakers, IR Blaster, a USB-C port, and the sim tray. The front and rear use Corning Gorilla Glass. Volume buttons and a power key are on the left side. It has an optical in-display fingerprint lock.

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ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Features

This new phone runs on the latest smartphone 2022 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. There is 8GB RAM with a 128GB storage model and 12GB RAM with a 256GB storage model. The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra 5G has a waterfall-design curved glass display, 71-degree super large-size curvature, and 3.9mm super deep bending degree. Plus, there is LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage for smooth Android 12 OS. Although there is a 65W GAN charger inside the box, the 5000mAh battery supports up to 80W fast charging.

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra 5G Specs

Processor: 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Octa Core
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Display: 6.8-inch AMOLED, 10-bit, 1.07B colors, 120Hz, Curved, Hidden Selfie Camera
Camera: Rear: Main 64MP IMX787 Camera + 64MP Ultra Wide-angle IMX787 Camera + 64MP Periscope Camera

35mm EQ Focal Length, f/1.6 aperture, 7P lens, OIS

Front: 16MP

Battery: 5000mAh. 80W fast charging
Network: Full Netcom, Dual SIM Dual Standby
OS: Android 12, MyOS
Card Slot: No
Speakers:
DTX-Ultra Dual Stereo Speakers
Other Features:
Face Unlock, WIFI6, BT5.2, NFC, GPS

The Three 64MP Main Rear Custom Cameras

For the first time, we find three 64MP rear camera sensors with two initializing the Custom Sony IMX787 intelligent chipset. Hence, the Main 64MP and the second 64MP wide-angle camera use IMX787 tech. However, the third 64MP Periscope Telephoto camera works independently. The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review for photography shows striking 8K images with great focus.

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This latest smartphone has TOF Laser Focus and a Flicker Sensor. The front 16MP camera is not high-end but performs the selfie-taking task like most flagship phones. Perhaps at least a 24MP or higher front camera sensor could serve better. But it is still some feet that the ZTE phone achieves by completely hiding the selfie cam. Also, the 64MP periscope camera helps zoom, but the results are average compared to Samsung S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro.ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review ZTE Axon 40 Ultra 5G ZTE Axon 40 ZTE ZTE phone smartphone 2022 latest smartphone new phone latest phone

The OS Experience

Android 12 OS with MyOS runs in the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra 5G. All of the settings, notifications, gestures, and widgets are of Android 12. However, there are no floating windows. There are helpful features like a screen recorder, three-finger slide gestures to take a screenshot, and sliding down anywhere on the screen to pull down the notification panel. Mostly a clean Android experience with no fuss or pre-installed apps clutter or pesky ads/promotions.

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How do the speakers perform?

The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review for the Dual DTX-Ultra speakers impresses. Not only is the sound loud and clear, but the Bass, mids, and lows also are noticeable. Watching Netflix, movies, online streams, or entertainment is without whines. You can hear a super loud sound and clear vocals.

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ZTE Phone Axon 40 Ultra 5G Pros: 

  • The best 3rd Gen hidden selfie camera on a mobile display screen.
  • Large-size 6.8-inch Curved Full-View AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit 1.07 billion colors.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass front and rear.
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G Dual Sim CPU.
  • UFS 3.1 storage with LPDDR5 RAM.
  • DTX-Ultra Dual Speakers.
  • 80W GAN Fast charging support.
  • Highly competitive starting price.
  • Triple 64MP Rear Camera setup with dual Custom Sony IMX787 chipset.
  • TOF Laser Focus and Flicker Sensor. 
  • A clean Android OS.

Cons:

  • 16MP front selfie camera is just an average performer.
  • There is no MicroSD card support.
  • No 3.5mm audio jack.
  • OTA updates are unpredictable to receive.

The Climax

ZTE phone brand does an incredible job hiding the front selfie camera and giving the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra 5G a waterfall curved 6.8-inch OLED display with skinny bezels. It is exciting to see a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagship-level new phone with just the US $867.49 price and offering amazing visuals, DTX Ultra speakers, a Dual 5G network, and a clean Android OS. However, the selfies are on the average side according to the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review. But the unique triple 64MP camera setup with dual Custom Sony IMX787 chipset and more is impressive considering the starting price.

XiaomiToday Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $867.49

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