ZTE has announced the industry’s first handset powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 processor, which will be powering the majority of high-end Android smartphones this year. As expected, the Axon 10s Pro is a 5G phone with an advanced camera and a beefy configuration.

The ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G looks just like its predecessor — the Axon 10 Pro 5G — and comes with the same large 6.47-inch AMOLED display featuring a 2340x1080 resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and curved edges. Speaking of similarities between ZTE’s flagship 2019 and 2020 smartphones, it should be noted that the key differences between them are the SoC, the memory and storage subsystems, as well as launch software; everything else is the same.

The Axon 10s Pro 5G smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC (4x Arm Cortex-A77, 4x Arm Cortex-A55, Adreno 650 GPU, Hexagon 698 DSP/NPU) that is paired with 6 GB or 12 GB of LPDDR5 as well as 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 NAND flash storage. And in a bid to to improve the performance of the already powerful system memory and storage subsystems, the handset also supports RAM-Booster and FS-Booster firmware/software capabilities.

The imaging capabilities of the ZTE Axon 10s Pro are the same as those of its predecessor, so the handset sports a triple-module rear camera system containing a 48 MP main module with OIS, an 8 MP telephoto camera, and an ultrawide 20 MP module. In addition, the phone has a teardrop 20 MP selfie camera.

Other notable hardware features of the handset include 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, navigation, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, an under-display fingerprint reader, and a 4,000 mAh battery that can be charged using a wired or wireless charger supporting Quick Charge 4+. The smartphone does not have a 3.5-mm audio jack, but its speakers do support DTX: X Ultra technology.

On the software side of matters, ZTE’s Axon 10s Pro will come with Google’s Android 9 with the MiFavor 10 UI.

ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G
  Axon 10s Pro 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
1x Cortex A77 @ 2.84GHz
512KB pL2

3x Cortex A77 @ 2.42GHz
3x 256KB pL2

4x Cortex A55 @ 1.80GHz
4x 128KB pL2

4MB sL3

GPU Adreno 650 @ 587 MHz
  128 GB or 256 GB UFS 2.0
Display 6.47" FullView AMOLED
2340 x 1080 (19.5:9)
Size Height 159.2 mm
Width 73.4 mm
Depth 7.9 mm
Weight 175 grams
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh (Typical)
18 W charging
Wireless Charging Qi
Rear Cameras
Main 48 MP
f/1.7 aperture w/OIS
Telephoto 8 MP
f/2.4 aperture
3x optical zoom
Wide 20 MP
f/2.2 aperture w/OIS
125° super-wide angle
Front Camera 20 MP selfie camera
f/2.0 aperture
I/O USB 2.0 Type-C
Fingerprint reader
Wireless (local) Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Cellular GSM, CDMA, HSPA, 4G/LTE, 5G
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance -
Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM
Launch OS Android 9 with MiFavor 10 UI
Launch Price Starting at CNY 3,200

The ZTE Axon 10s Pro will be available in the near future at prices starting at CNY 3,200 in China (~460 USD). It unclear when the handset is set to hit other markets and how much it is set to cost.

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Sources: ZTE, GSMArena

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  • Retycint - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    What did I expect? Well yes I should have known that OLEDs are still OLEDs, and just because Samsung have been making them for a decade doesn't mean that they solved the age-old issue of burn-in. I used to be a big proponent of OLEDs because of high saturation, infinite blacks, viewing angles etc. But after my experience with an actual OLED phone, no more OLED phones for me, if I can help it.
  • yetanotherhuman - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    All OLEDs do this, and anyone who says it's fine is in denial
  • jospoortvliet - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    Never seen it, half my family is using oleds... will continue to deny its existence until I actually see it. Certainly most devices don't have it after 2 years as I would have seen it by now...
  • Retycint - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    OLED burin-in is a phenomenon occuring from uneven degradation of the individual pixels. It doesn't need to be confirmed or denied, because that is literally how OLEDs work. Any content that is displayed for a large proportion of time will eventually be burned in. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when

    Also, if you removed the Android nav bar and switched to swipe-gestures(as I did), you will most certainly see a discoloured bar where the nav bar used to be.
  • Richlet - Sunday, February 9, 2020 - link

  • Kishoreshack - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    Ooh looks like in specifications Anandtech has made a mistake
    they have written ips lcd in display whereas in the title they have written AMOLED
  • bEEker99 - Saturday, February 8, 2020 - link

    Please explain how you headline the article with display specs,6
    .47 inch Amoled, and in the description of the phone you put IPS LCD.. ? Then explain how anyone who knows this is the "s" model of the Axon 10 and being nearly identical, still makes a comment negating the facts. Please for the love of god.. I love new smartphone and display tech let these companies send me phones to review for a living! These boring articles without even spellcheck..
  • Mikewind Dale - Saturday, February 8, 2020 - link

    After my experience with a ZTE Axon M, I am hesitant to ever purchase a ZTE phone again.

    Even when the phone was new, it would lose about 20% of its battery charge idling overnight. I was able to reduce that loss a bit by setting Wifi to turn off when when the phone is idle, but it was still using a lot of power when idle. But fine. I got used to having to plug it in every night before I went to bed, even if the charge was nearly 100%.

    But now, after owning the phone for about 2 years, the phone has only about 1.5 to 2 hours of active-use battery life. Just browsing the internet on my 15 minute bus ride to work would consume about 20% of the battery.

    I looked into getting a replacement battery, but neither AT&T, nor my local phone repair shop, nor even ZTE themselves had access to replacement batteries. In fact, the ZTE customer service representative advised me to buy a 3rd party battery on Amazon - which I am hesitant to do because of the risk of fiery explosion from a disreputable battery.

    And the software updates are few and far between. The latest update from AT&T is the security patch August 1, 2018, and Android 7.1.2. By contrast, my old LG G5, which I use as a backup, has the same security patch level but Android 8.0.0, despite the LG G5 having been released 19 months before the ZTE Axon M was. Furthermore, LG still sells replacement batteries for the G5 to this very day.

    It's unfortunate, because the ZTE Axon M is a great phone. It's a folding phone for the same price as a regular phone, and the folding mechanism works great. After 2 years of regular use, I have yet to have a single problem with the screen or hinge. But unfortunately, the support is subpar. You shouldn't have to throw away a functioning phone just because the manufacturer doesn't stock replacement batteries anymore. And it's disconcerting to be told by the manufacturer that you should just purchase a non-certified battery on Amazon.
  • Lolimaster - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    NEVER, NEVER buy a phone from a carrier, always unlocked like buying a switch.
  • sonny73n - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    You bought the phone from AT&T, that’s your mistake. Carrier bloatwares suck battery. Just clean up your phone. Uninstall any unnecessary apps and all bloatwares.

    You can find replacement battery on eBay. Some aftermarket battery is actually better than original.

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