ZTE Axon 9 Pro specs: Does it tick all the boxes for a flagship?

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The back of the ZTE Axon 9 Pro.

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is a key smartphone for the company in several ways. It’s the manufacturer’s first high-end phone since U.S. sanctions were lifted, and it’s also ZTE’s first traditional Axon flagship since the Axon 7 and Axon 7s.

The Axon 7 stood out thanks to a stacked spec sheet and lower than usual price tag. So how does the Axon 9 Pro compare? Take a look at the full ZTE Axon 9 Pro specs below:

  ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Display 6.21-inch AMOLED
2,248 x 1,080 resolution
18.7:9 aspect ratio
SoC 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 630
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB UFS 2.1
Non-expandable
Cameras Rear:
Main camera: 12MP sensor, f/1.75 aperture, 1.4 micron pixels, OIS
Secondary camera: 20MP super wide-angle sensor (130 degree field of view)

Front: 20MP sensor

Audio Stereo speakers, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology
No headphone jack
Surround sound recording with three microphones
Battery 4,000mAh battery
Non-removable
Wireless charging
IP rating IP68
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
NFC
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
SIM Single nano-SIM
Software Android 8.1 Oreo with ZTE “Stock plus”
Dimensions 156.5 x 74.5 x 7.9mm

When it comes to flagship-level features, the ZTE device doesn’t disappoint (for the most part). The device comes with a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. This is pretty much identical to the base model Galaxy Note 9.

Much like Samsung and LG‘s recent flagships, we see wireless charging and IP68 water/dust resistance as well. Unfortunately, ZTE’s new phone differs from the Korean brands by ditching the headphone jack. The lack of a microSD card slot is another big omission compared to several other flagships, but at least you’ve got 128GB of storage to play with.

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro, showing off the notch.

The polarizing choices don’t stop there, as the Axon 9 Pro has a rather large notch on its 6.21-inch AMOLED screen (2,448 x 1,080 resolution, 18.7:9 aspect ratio). ZTE is also implementing motion-smoothing tech of sorts for the display, akin to those smooth motion modes on your high-end TV set. This essentially adds extra frames to content, delivering a smoother 60 frames per second. We’ll need to spend more time with the technology before making a verdict.

Editor’s Pick

Switching to the camera department, the ZTE Axon 9 Pro delivers a dual-camera setup. The main camera is a 12MP f/1.75 shooter (1.4 micron pixels), packing optical image stabilization for reduced blur. The secondary camera is a 20MP super wide-angle shooter (130 degree field of view), so you might not have to step back or squeeze together for that group shot. Otherwise, ZTE is also offering a 20MP front-facing camera for selfies and facial authentication.

Other noteworthy features include a rear fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C, stereo speakers, surround sound recording, an RGB sensor for automatically adjusting the screen’s temperature, and Android 8.1 (with Android Pie in the works).

What do you think of the Axon 9 Pro specs? Anything missing? Let us know in the comments! You can also check out our Axon 9 Pro coverage below:

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