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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  • peevee - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    "an ultrawide 20 MP lens"

    Anton, come on!
  • s.yu - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    ...I agree
  • close - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    Get your copy/pasta, proof reading and validation not included.

    I flagged to Ryan Smith far more egregious mistakes but some are going on 6 months without being corrected. So I'm not holding my breath that anyone cares.
  • Alistair - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    That's what we need. A $500 single camera, 90ghz, Snapdragon 865 Google phone. Not the Pixel we got. Not sure why they are a year late and make such bad devices when we all want a simple phone with the top CPU.
  • flyingpants265 - Sunday, February 9, 2020 - link

    There are no lack of phones with the top CPU,.
  • niva - Monday, February 10, 2020 - link

    He's talking about Pixel, not other phones. Many of us don't buy other phones because they generally go obsolete within a year despite good hardware. The main Pixel phones are fine, but very late in the processor refresh cycle, by the time they roll out phones with the next gen hardware are popping up.

    Anyways, that's not a concern for me, I've found that everything since the Nexus 6 is generally good enough performance wise, but some people do want the latest and greatest.
  • s.yu - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    Looks like the greatest achievement of "GPU Turbo" is not to boost performance(single digits for specific apps after all) but to inspire an assortment of firmware tweaks marketed as "Turbo" or
    "Booster" and the like.
  • nicolaim - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    Typo: "Snadragon"
  • Kishoreshack - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link


  • Sharma_Ji - Friday, February 7, 2020 - link

    Yup, AMOLED. It has UD FP sensor too.

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