ZTE has just launched its latest flagship, the Axon 40 Ultra, with Android 12 and the latest chip from Qualcomm. The Axon 20 5G was the first phone to feature an under-display camera (UDC), and the 40 Ultra’s third-generation UDC features an independent pixel driver and a distributed transparent circuit.
The phone sports a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with no notches or punch holes to interrupt the screen thanks to the UDC and has extremely curved edges on the sides, clocking a 71-degree curvature. It has a resolution of 2480 x 1116 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz sampling rate and aside from the aforementioned UDC, the display also contains a fingerprint sensor underneath it.
Driving the pixels under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and between 8GB to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The storage starts from 256GB and can be configured with up to 1T but unlike last year’s Axon 30, it lacks a microSD slot.
As for the pièce de résistance, the invisible front camera uses a 16MP sensor which promises selfies as good as regular ones from other flagships. On the back, the triple-array setup contains a 64MP primary lens with OIS, a 64MP ultrawide, and an OIS-enabled 64MP telephoto camera with 5.7x optical zoom. All three rear cameras are capable of shooting 8K videos.
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra is equipped with dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-frequency GPS, and NFC. It is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery with 80W wired fast charging, but lacks support for wireless charging.
The base configuration Axon 40 Ultra with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage starts at CNY4,998 (~RM3,254) while the topped out 16GB+1TB variant costs CNY7,298 (~RM4,760). It’s only available in China for now with a global launch coming sometime in June.