ZTE Axon 10 Pro hands-on: Serious value

At MWC 2019, we got our first glance at the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G. The device sports impressive specs for a price that’s lower than a lot of competing 5G smartphones and ZTE has just launched a 4G model that brings even more value. Is the ZTE Axon 10 Pro worth your 599 euros?

The ZTE Axon 10 Pro is sporting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128 or 256GB of storage. If you want to go all out, you can even pick up a 12GB RAM model, but that’s only available in China. These specs put the device on par with current flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S10 at a price that’s much more affordable. For reference, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus currently costs 899 euros.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 4G screen at angle

ZTE is using a 6.47-inch AMOLED display with FullHD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 screen-to-body ratio, and it looked great in our time with the device. It doesn’t appear as bright or saturated as a Samsung panel, but it should satisfy the majority of users. It does have curved edges like the Galaxy S10 though, so you’re still getting a premium experience from the Axon 10 Pro. There’s even an optical in-display fingerprint reader, something traditionally found in more premium devices.

  ZTE Axon 10 Pro
Display 6-47-inch FHD+
AMOLED
19.5:9
92-percent screen to body ratio
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 6 GB / 8 GB / 12 GB
Storage 128 GB or 256 GB
MicroSD No
Battery 4,000 mAh Lithium ion
Qualcomm Quickcharge 4.0
Cameras Main: 48 MP Sony IMX 586, f/1.7 aperture
Wide: 20 MP wide angle with 125-degree FoV and f/2.2 aperture
Telephoto: 8 MP 3x optical telephoto with f/2.4 aperture
Selfie: 20 MP
Wireless charging Yes
Water resistance IP 53
Connectivity FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28
TDD: 34/38/39/40/41
TDS: 34/39
UMTS: 1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: 0/1/10
GSM: 2/3/5/8
LTE: 4*4MIMO
DL 3CA, DL 2CA, UL 2CA
Software Stock+ Launcher based on Android 9 Pie
Dimensions and weight 159.2mm x 73.4mm x 7.9mm
Colors Blue

The phone also features the same motion smoothing technology found in the ZTE Axon 9 Pro, which artificially forces a framerate of 60fps on all video content. This includes local storage, YouTube, and even games, the area where we could see the feature being the most useful. It worked well on the Axon 9 Pro, so we’re assuming it will be the same here.

Stereo speakers are present in this device, but only one is front-facing. The other speaker is bottom-firing, seated next to a USB-C port and a SIM tray. ZTE is using DTS: X Ultra 3D surround sound technology in these speakers, giving a more full audio experience. The phone sounded well-bodied in our time with it. There is no headphone jack present in the Axon 10 Pro, something that can be found in the Samsung Galaxy S10.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 4G cameras macro

Moving to the cameras, we see yet another feature found in premium devices, a triple lens design. The Axon 10 Pro features a main 48MP sensor with pixel binning for higher quality 12MP images, a 20MP wide-angle camera with a 125-degree field of view, and an 8MP 3x optical telephoto lens. You’ll also find 5x hybrid zoom and 10x digital zoom, so this device gives you quite a lot of range. The selfie camera hidden in the teardrop-style notch is 20MP.

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A 4,000mAh battery powers the device, and it can be charged up quickly with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0. This won’t charge as fast as OnePlus’ WarpCharge or Huawei’s Supercharge, but it should still top off your device on the fly.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 4G Google apps on screen

ZTE uses a very basic skin they call Stock+, and I would say this name is very representative of the UI. It looks extremely similar to the experience you get on a Google Pixel but has a few useful extra add-ons. ZTE has even worked with Google to make Google Photos the stock app, and you’ll find Google Lens baked into the camera. If you’re a fan of vanilla Android, you’ll be happy with this experience.

At 599 euros, the ZTE Axon 10 Pro offers serious value

The standard 4G version is available now, starting at 599 euros for the 6GB/128GB model. If you want to hold out for the 5G version, it will be shipping sometime in June for 899 euros.

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 4G rear

Overall, we’re quite impressed with what we’re seeing in the ZTE Axon 10 Pro. For 599 euros this device offers 99-percent of the competition for substantially less money, and it’s a device we’re excited to get in for review soon. You can buy it right now from Saturn, Media Markt, and Amazon.

What do you think about the ZTE Axon 10 Pro? If it offered a headphone jack, this device would be neck-and-neck with the Samsung Galaxy S10. Is ZTE back to its glory days?

Visible quietly adds ultra-budget ZTE phone to its available Android devices

 

  • There’s a new budget ZTE phone available as part of Visible’s wireless service.
  • The $99 device is no powerhouse, but looks nice and has some surprising features.
  • Visible, a subsidiary of Verizon, has a one-size-fits-all plan which costs $40 per month.

Verizon subsidiary Visible just added an ultra-budget ZTE phone to its very short list of supported Android devices. The ZTE Visible R2 starts at only $99.

It was only a week ago that the company announced Android support on its previously iOS-only network. With that announcement, Visible revealed it will support the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at first with more devices to come in the future.

Eventually, you will be able to bring own Android phones to the network, but the company is still signing deals with OEMs in that regard. In the meantime, the S9, S9 Plus, and this ZTE Visible R2 are your only options.

Since the R2 costs less than $100, it’s obviously not going to be a powerhouse. The R2 features a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD display in an 18:9 aspect ratio. It packs an unnamed 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 3,100mAh battery, and 16GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 2TB with the built-in microSD slot). The listing does not say how much RAM the device has, but we can’t imagine it being more than 4GB.

Surprisingly, the R2 does have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, which is pretty remarkable considering the price of the phone.

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On the back, there’s a single 13MP camera sensor and a fingerprint scanner. There’s also a seemingly-textured back coating that gives off an early OnePlus One vibe. On the front, there’s a 5MP selfie cam.

The Visible R2 will ship with Android Oreo — we wouldn’t bet on it getting an upgrade to Android 9 Pie.

Visible’s one-size-fits-all service costs $40 per month and includes unlimited data, text, talk, and hotspot on the Verizon network with no throttling. However, speeds are limited to 5Mbps and video streaming is downgraded to 480p.

Click the button below to check out Visible’s service and the ZTE Visible R2.

Best phones with 8GB of RAM — what are your current options?

It wasn’t that long ago that 8GB of RAM was considered a pretty sizeable capacity, even for a computer. Now, phones with 8GB of RAM are a thing – in fact, phones are even starting to offer 10GB of RAM! While that’s arguably an overkill, more RAM is never a bad thing, especially if you plan to keep your handset for several years. More RAM doesn’t necessarily mean you’re totally future proof, but it certainly helps.

If you’re in the market for a phone with 8GB of RAM, you’ll be happy to hear there are already quite a few of them to choose from — check out the five best ones below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

phones with 8GB of RAM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was announced in August and is currently one of the best smartphones you can get your hands on. We here at Android Authority named it the smartphone of the year. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, although a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is also available.

The flagship sports a 6.4-inch display with QHD+ resolution and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on the region. There’s a dual-camera setup on the back with two 12MP sensors featuring dual aperture and scene recognition. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust, has an 8MP selfie snapper, and packs a massive 4,000mAh battery.

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The handset also comes with the S Pen, which is a signature feature of the Note series. It now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that lets you remotely control the camera with the button on the stylus. Samsung’s flagship is quite expensive, with the version sporting 8GB of RAM retailing for $1,250.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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OnePlus 6T

OnePLus 6t large display

The OnePlus 6T features 8GB of RAM paired with either 128 or 256GB of storage. However, a cheaper variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is also available.

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The device sports a 6.41-inch Full HD+ display with a notch and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and has a dual-camera setup at the back with 16 and 20MP sensors. Other specs and features include a 3,700mAh battery, a 16MP front-facing camera, and Android 9.0 Pie with the popular OxygenOS skin on top.

What makes the OnePlus 6T so popular is its price. The 128GB variant can be yours for $580, while the 256GB model retails for $630. This is a great deal, but keep in mind that the device is missing a few flagship features like an IP rating and wireless charging, to name a few. There’s also no headphone jack on board.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro in-display fingerprint sensor

The Mate 20 Pro is the best phone in Huawei’s lineup, as well as one of the best phones you can get. It comes with high-end specs, a gorgeous design, and a few extra bells and whistles you won’t find on any of its competitors.

The Mate 20 Pro sports a curved display, a triple-camera setup, and a massive 4,200mAh battery.

The flagship sports a large 6.39-inch screen with curved edges, similar to the ones found on the Galaxy S9 series. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup on the back, and 3D facial recognition. There even a feature called reverse wireless charging on board that allows the phone to double as a wireless charger — learn more here.

The Mate 20 Pro is the class leader when it comes to battery life thanks to its a massive 4,200mAh cell. It’s also IP68 rated for protection against water and dust and supports expandable storage via Huawei’s new Nano Memory standard. The 6GB RAM version of the handset launched with a price tag of 900 pounds in the U.K and 1,000 euros (~$1,145) in the rest of Europe, but you can get it from around 850 euros at the moment — depending on where you buy it. The variant with 8GB of RAM is exclusive to certain markets and is a bit harder to track down — but you can get the international model on Amazon for around $1,200.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The front of Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro has top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM. It also sports a dual-camera setup on the back, a 6.21-inch Full HD+ display, and 128GB of storage. 

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The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner, allowing you to unlock it by placing your finger on a specific part of the screen. But in his review, our very own Oliver Cragg said it only worked maybe 40 percent of the time.

Xiaomi’s flagship has an eye-catching design thanks to its transparent back, which allows you to see the internals of the device — kind of. Other specs include a 3,000mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android Oreo with the company’s MIUI skin on top.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro was announced in September and is available in a number of European markets. In the U.K., you can currently get it for 480 pounds (~$605), which isn’t a bad deal. 

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Specs

  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,248 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm, 177g

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Asus ROG Phone

Asus ROG Phone display

This is a gaming phone. In addition to high-end specs, which include the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM, it sports an attention-grabbing design with a customizable RGB logo at the back.

You can get the Asus ROG Phone with a range of accessories.

The phone comes with a range of accessories that improve the gaming experience. These include a TwinView handheld dock with a secondary display and 6,000mAh battery, a third-party GameVice controller with WiGig functionality so you can play on an external display, and more. The flagship even sports a performance mode called X Mode, which raises the minimum clock speed and restricts tasks to the four fastest cores.

Other specs and features of the handset include a 6.0-inch display, a massive 4,000mAh battery, and dual front-facing speakers. The entry-level version with 128GB of space can be yours for $900, while the 512GB variant will set you back $1,100.

The back of the Asus ROG Phone.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 8MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm, 200g

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There you have it, folks. These are our picks for the five best phones with 8GB of RAM, although there are quite a few others out there to choose from. These include the Oppo Find X, Asus Zenfone 5z, and the Huawei P20 Pro. Then there’s also the Pocophone F1, but the version with 8GB of RAM is exclusive to certain markets and kind of hard to get. Let’s not forget about the Honor View 20 that recently made its debut in China, with the global announcement scheduled for January 22. Which ones would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.