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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  • Mikewind Dale - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - link

    It's not the carrier bloatware, because the LG G5 is also an AT&T phone, but it has always had far, far better battery life than the ZTE phone.
  • eek2121 - Sunday, February 9, 2020 - link

    The fact that they are able to sell such a device for under $500 should be an eye opener for many. Why are smartphones going up in price?
  • ballsystemlord - Sunday, February 9, 2020 - link

    @Anton What is RAM-Booster exactly?
  • s.yu - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    Don't ask, it'll disappoint you.
  • Lolimaster - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    If Xiaomi didn't mess up the K30...

    We just need an Mi9T Pro with the 865 256-8GB, frontal stereo speakears and SD support, all I ask.
  • SanX - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    USB 2.0 ??? They are insane.
    Also no Verizon as usual ? Absurd again

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