ZTE Axon 30 5G Review: Under-Screen is Almost Impeccable


ZTE Axon 30 5G not only has a new generation of under-screen proactive technology, but also brings users a high-end configuration led by the Snapdragon 870 .

On this phone, we can experience the most perfect under-screen proactive technology, which not only takes care of the look and feel of the screen, but also takes into account the effect of selfies. It also has flagship-level performance and enjoys the combination of 120Hz wide color gamut and high refreshing screen. The Snapdragon 870 processor brings comfort in daily life and games. In addition, there are a lot of 64-megapixel Sony rear cameras, full-featured NFC, 55W super fast charging and so on.

If you think that the ZTE Axon20 released earlier is just an early adopter, then ZTE Axon30 is definitely the first mature under-screen proactive flagship you have been waiting for.


For the first time, ZTE Axon30 5G has realized an almost flawless under-screen proactive design. Whether in a pure color scene or a dynamic picture, it is difficult to find the presence of the under-screen camera area and truly integrate with the surrounding screens. . The front of the phone is a complete screen with a very high screen-to-body ratio.

If you zoom in and observe closely, you can vaguely see a small dark area. This is the under-screen camera module with high light transmittance. There is no obvious screen window effect, and no obvious water ripples. Now in ZTE Axon30 5G The up and down front camera is really perfect.

ZTE Axon30 5G adopts a direct-facing glass cover + flexible screen solution, which can avoid the visual error caused by the curved screen on both sides, and it can also have a very narrow frame (chin), which can be described as killing two birds with one stone.

The back recognition of ZTE Axon 30 5G is also very high. The middle frame adopts a double waist line design, which improves the overall feel of the phone. The rear camera module is designed with angel eyes on the back, and two smart rings surround the rear camera module. Coupled with the holographic holographic coating and extremely dynamic lines, people can recognize this as the Axon series at a glance.

The rear camera module continues the LABEL family design of ZTE Axon 30 Ultra. A classic straight line plus a down-sloping right angle constitutes the logo of this series. The main camera is a 64-megapixel Sony IMX 682, and the secondary camera is a 120° 8MP wide-angle lens and a macro lens and a depth-of-field lens, which can adapt to different photo scenes.

The mobile phone buttons are mainly concentrated on the right side, a volume button plus a power button, you can quickly get started.

The interface is mainly concentrated at the bottom, with a microphone on the top and bottom, and a speaker opening, Type-C interface and SIM card slot at the bottom.

The standard charger is 55W fast charging, and supports up to 45W PD fast charging and 55W PPS self-adaption. The cable is designed with double C ports, which can meet the charging needs of various electronic devices.

Proactive under-screen

In the early under-screen camera scheme, the pixel size of the under-screen area remains unchanged. By reducing the pixel density and increasing the gap between pixels, the under-screen camera can receive light source imaging.

This kind of scheme is relatively easy to realize, but the disadvantage is also very obvious. The sparse pixel arrangement will produce an obvious “screen window effect” on the screen. Compared with the normal display area, not only the brightness is lower, but the display effect for text and other content is worse. Even in a pure color, there will be “water “Ripple” flaws. The ZTE Axon30 5G is upgraded to the latest generation of under-screen proactive technology.

The pixel arrangement and shape of the camera area under the screen have been changed. A high-density circular small pixel arrangement is adopted.

Compared with the previous generation, the pixel arrangement and shape of the under-screen camera area of ​​the next-generation under-screen solution have been changed. While ensuring high PPI, the small pixels and unique arrangement ensure that the pixel gap is sufficient for the front camera. Imaging needs. Almost flawless under pure color, unable to distinguish the proactive position

From the external point of view, the new generation of ZTE Axon30 5G’s next-generation screen proactive, the external look and feel has been greatly improved, there is no screen window effect, and the solid color environment is integrated with the surrounding screen. Even if the complex content is displayed, it will not be zoomed in. Flaws are observed .

In order to ensure that the display of the next-generation under-screen proactive solution is nearly perfect, ZTE Axon 30 5G not only uses 7 layers of high-transmittance materials to ensure light transmittance and ensure the Selfie effect, but also carries an independent UDC Pro screen display chip.

It can independently enhance the working time of each pixel, record temperature and other information, and adjust it in real time to ensure that the brightness of the area under the screen is consistent with the overall screen brightness and chroma.

In addition, it will optimize pixel rendering to make the display content in the area under the screen more natural and ensure the consistency of the overall display.

However, even if the pixel density in the area under the screen is as high as 400PPI, due to the inherent physical defects such as small pixels and large gaps, it will still be poor when displaying text and other content.

Careful observation is not difficult to find that the text will have jagged edges in this area, and the overall clarity of the text will also be affected to a certain extent. This is the only flaw in the new generation of under-screen proactive technology.

In addition, because the under-screen front camera must ensure high light transmittance no matter what, the square under-screen camera module can be vaguely seen under strong light. In fact, this will not have much impact. Don’t worry about it when using ZTE Axon 30 5G daily. This is not the screen damage.

Since you have chosen the proactive under-screen, there is naturally no high pursuit of selfies, but this does not mean that the proactive imaging effect can be perfunctory.

Simply evaluate the self-portrait effect of ZTE Axon30 5G. The camera under the screen has the problem of dim imaging and glare, but on the ZTE Axon30 5G, thanks to the new smart algorithm 2.0, these have all been improved.

The proactive imaging effect of ZTE Axon30 5G for portrait selfies is greatly improved . The adjustment of facial skin color, the optimization of brightness, the enhancement of contrast and details have all improved a lot, using the hazy characteristics of the proactive image under the screen, and even “self-beauty”.

However, glare is still an insurmountable problem for proactive under-screen. Relying on large-area close-ups of the face to block the bright light of the background when taking selfies can alleviate the impact of glare on imaging to a certain extent. If you are taking a group photo for souvenirs, etc., it is recommended to avoid backlight shooting as much as possible to get the best self-portrait effect. The under-screen proactive optimization algorithm for selfies is excellent, but it is slightly general for other scenes.


In addition to the unique front camera, the rear camera of ZTE Axon 30 5G is not sloppy, using the most mainstream choice outside the current flagship custom main camera-Sony IMX 682.

It is an upgraded version of the previous flagship main camera frequent visitor IMX 586. The pixels have been increased to 64MP, and the size has also increased to 1/1.73 inches. In short, the IMX 682 can provide higher resolution under the premise that the single pixel size remains unchanged and the picture quality remains unchanged, which is a complete upgrade.




Simply experience the camera effect of ZTE Axon30 5G. Its imaging will not deliberately increase saturation and brightness, but is more realistic and high-contrast style, especially when HDR is triggered. This situation is especially obvious.

Thanks to the 64 Megapixel resolution advantage, ZTE Axon30 5G also has a good filming rate under 2x digital zoom. As long as you don’t zoom in and take a closer look, you can hardly feel the loss of picture quality. When taking pictures, using 2x zoom can also unlock many unique camera angles.

ZTE Axon30 5G also supports night scene mode, but due to the lack of optical image stabilization and other factors, the imaging effect is average. Although it can also have its own “night vision” effect at night, the smear marks are also very obvious.


The screen of ZTE Axon 30 5G is not only a perfect full screen, but its screen quality is also very good.  This screen not only supports a high refresh rate of 120Hz, but its own color management also provides three color schemes: bright, soft, and standard. In addition, the color temperature can also be adjusted independently.

In view of the low frequency PWM dimming and strobe problem that some users are concerned about, in the developer options, it is very rare to provide a DC dimming switch, which can avoid some discomfort when using mobile phones for people with sensitive eyes.

Brightness and color temperature

The maximum brightness of the screen of ZTE Axon30 5G in daily use is 448nit. After activating HDR, the brightness can be further increased to 669nit. There is no sun screen related option in the settings, and no screen triggers higher brightness under strong light.

The color temperature is convenient, the default normal color temperature is 7568K, warm is 6367K, and cold is 8427K. The color temperature adjustment is independent of the color mode, and the adjustments will not interfere with each other.

Color mode test
1. Standard mode

The standard mode of ZTE Axon30 5G is the common DCI-P3 mode, and its color gamut covers 99.2% sRGB, 80.9% Adobe RGB and 94.5% DCI-P3 color gamut. The color space of the screen in this mode best fits the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is very suitable for the color presentation of daily viewing.

The color accuracy in this mode is also very good, the average color difference is only 0.25, but the maximum is 1.91, which can ensure the accurate presentation of colors.

2. Vivid mode

Vivid mode is close to the common Adobe mode, with more vivid colors, with 100% sRGB color gamut coverage, 99.8% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and 90.5% Adobe RGB color gamut coverage.

AdobeRGB color space is generally used in graphic design more, which can better present the colors after physical printing. It is difficult to have such productivity uses on mobile phones, but it is more colorful.

Even if it is more vivid, the color display is still accurate, the average color difference is 0.3, the maximum color difference is 1.98, and the human eye cannot see the deviation of the color display.

3. Soft mode

The soft mode is the sRGB mode. If you don’t like the high saturation and harsh picture, then it is your best choice. In soft mode, the color space of the screen is strictly limited to the sRGB color space, which has 92%. sRGB color gamut coverage, 70.1% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, 66.2% Adobe RGB color gamut coverage.

The color in the soft mode is the most accurate, the average color difference is 0.25, and the maximum is only 1.78. Almost all the web images and videos we come into contact with are drawn based on the sRGB color gamut. The native color gamut + high color accuracy can bring the most comfortable look and feel.


The processor of ZTE Axon 30 5G is the second flagship Snapdragon 870 in Qualcomm’s 2021 dual flagship strategy. With the advent of summer, the greater heat generation of Snapdragon 888 also makes Snapdragon 870 the best choice for comprehensive experience. Its performance meets the ease of daily use, and mainstream games are no exception.

Theoretical performance test
1. Master Lu

In the comprehensive performance test of Master Lu, ZTE Axon30 5G scored 841,471 points. More than 92% of other mobile phones reached the level of flagship phones.

2. Geekbench

In the famous CPU test software Geekbench, the CPU score of ZTE Axon30 5G is also close to that of other Snapdragon 870 mobile phones. Although the body is thin and light, the performance is not bad at all.

3. Androbench

The continuous read speed is 1616.27 MB/s, and the continuous write speed is 554.6 MB/s, which is the standard level of UFS 3.1 flash memory on the Qualcomm platform.

4. GFXbench

The GPU running score is also the normal level of the Snapdragon 870, which is slightly higher than the Dimensity 1200 and the Snapdragon 865+.

Game Test

1. Glory of the King

The most popular mobile game “Glory of the King” is almost full frame in the highest quality, and the whole frame rate is above 59 FPS.

2. The Peaceful Elite

In “Peace Elite” in HDR+60Hz mode, the frame rate is also very stable, stable at full frames throughout.

3. The original god

The highest picture quality + 60 frame mode to play “Yuan Shen”, using a fixed test route, basically the whole process can be above 30 FPS, and only 78.5% of the cases above 50 FPS. ZTE Axon30 5G playing “Original God” is basically rendered at the original resolution, without the optimization of resolution reduction, so the frame rate performance is slightly lower. Consider turning off some special effects to improve the experience of the game.


ZTE Axon30 5G comes standard with 4200mAh battery and 55W super fast charge. It only takes 45 minutes to charge from 1% to 99%, especially the first ten minutes is very fast, and 30% of the battery is charged in one go.

Endurance test

Use the battery dog ​​APP to test the battery life performance of ZTE Axon30 5G in comprehensive scenarios such as gaming, Internet, and video. After 3 hours of actual use, the power consumption is about 40%. Therefore, it is expected that ZTE Axon30 5G will have a battery life of just over 7 hours under this heavy comprehensive use condition.

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For the majority of “straight men”, the lack of self-portrait needs makes proactive shots really meaningless, and it’s not worth the gain to dig a gap in the screen for it. Now equipped with a new generation of proactive technology, ZTE Axon 30 5G is the best choice for people who pursue a perfect full screen. It will not affect the proactive performance under the needs of face recognition and payment, and at the same time, it can also have a complete screen. Let the “obsessive-compulsive disorder” people feel comfortable.

The launch of ZTE Axon30 5G also marks the first year of proactive off-screen mobile phones. Although various companies have shown off their skills, so far only ZTE has launched two officially mass-produced under-screen proactive phones. We have also seen that from ZTE Axon20 to ZTE Axon30 5G, both the display and imaging of the off-screen front camera have improved a lot, setting an example for how the flagship off-screen front camera should be.

ZTE Axon 30 5G not only satisfies the small regret of the previous generation of under-screen proactive effects, but its comprehensive configuration also understands the needs of users quite well. 120Hz high color gamut screen, Snapdragon 870 processor, Sony IMX 682 main camera, full-featured NFC, 55W fast charging, etc., are all flagship standard equipment without compromise. While exploring the proactive under-screen, ZTE Axon 30 5G has not forgotten the essence of mobile phones. It has everything that should be there to bring users the most comprehensive experience upgrade.

With ZTE’s Axon20’s exploration and ZTE’s Axon30 5G’s final touch, the era of proactive under the screen has officially kicked off. In the future, there may be more under-screen proactive phones launched, but as a pioneer, ZTE will naturally always take the lead and bring us the latest and greatest under-screen proactive technology.

At the moment, if you want to experience the flawless full-screen flagship, there is no other choice. It is better to start with ZTE Axon 30 5G with the best effect and the most complete configuration.

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