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ZTE Axon 30 5G smartphone review: Significantly improved under-display camera

Hide and seek. Not only has the under-display camera of the Axon 30 5G been greatly improved, but ZTE has also upgraded the device in all areas: A faster SoC as well as USB speeds, more RAM, and a 120 Hz AMOLED display. Read our review to find out whether the Axon 30 is a steal despite its low price tag.

While the ZTE Axon 20 was still priced in the mid-range and mainly focused on scoring points with a large display and the first under-display camera (UDC), the new Axon 30 5G goes all out, considerably improving all features.

In return, the entry-level price increases to 499 Euros (~$584), for which the ZTE smartphone is available with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Users who want more can also buy the model with 12 GB and 256 GB, respectively, which costs 599 Euros (~$701).

ZTE Axon 30 5G (Axon Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 8 x 2.4 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.92 inch 20.5:9, 2460 x 1080 pixel 388 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, 10 multitouch points, 360 Hz touch sampling rate, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 114.83 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, compass, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 19), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41), 5G Sub6 (Band 1, 3, 28, 37, 41, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 170.2 x 77.8 ( = 0.31 x 6.7 x 3.06 in)
Battery
4200 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix 64 MP (IMX682, f/1.8); 8 MP (ultra wide, f/2.2, 120°); 5 MP (macro); 2 MP (depth); Camera2 API level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.45, 1.12 µm, under-display camera)
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: on-screen, 65-watt charger, USB cable, SIM tool, audio jack adapter, protective case, headset, MyOS 11, 12 Months Warranty, SAR: not specified; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), GLONASS (L1), BeiDou (B1, B2a), Galileo (E1, E5a), DRM Widevine L1, fanless
Weight
189 g ( = 6.67 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 132 g ( = 4.66 oz / 0.29 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.6 %
09/2021
ZTE Axon 30 5G
SD 870, Adreno 650
189 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.92"2460x1080
77.2 %
01/2021
ZTE Axon 20
T618, Mali-G52 MP2
198 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.92"2460x1080
85.1 %
08/2021
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9
189 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.43"2400x1080
81.1 %
08/2021
Nokia XR20
SD 480, Adreno 619
248 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
83 %
04/2021
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
189 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080

Case - Axon 30 with prominent camera design

The design of the ZTE Axon 30 5G's rear camera is striking, and it stands in contrast to the almost invisible camera at the front. The latter has been noticeably improved compared to the predecessor. It's barely visible when viewed from a straight angle, and we also like it much better than the one in the Galaxy Z Fold3.

The workmanship of the Axon 30 is pleasing. The frame is made of coated aluminum, the back of plastic, and the front is protected by an unspecified type of glass. Only the black plastic bezel around the display is a bit bothersome. Nevertheless, the gap dimensions are very uniform, and the ZTE smartphone only creaks audibly when you try to twist it.

A special protection against dust and water is not provided.

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Size comparison

171.6 mm / 6.76 inch 81.5 mm / 3.21 inch 10.6 mm / 0.4173 inch 248 g0.547 lbs172.1 mm / 6.78 inch 77.9 mm / 3.07 inch 7.98 mm / 0.3142 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs170.2 mm / 6.7 inch 77.8 mm / 3.06 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs159.1 mm / 6.26 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs

Connectivity - USB 3.2 and microSD support for the ZTE smartphone

ZTE has equipped the Axon 30 5G with a high-performance USB 3.2 port (Gen. 1, up to 5 Gb/s) that supports OTG as well as wired image output via HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces.

In comparison with the predecessor, the smartphone is also DRM-certified, so that accordingly protected content can be reproduced in high resolution.

Although the Axon 30 does not have an audio jack, ZTE includes the corresponding adapter.

microSD card reader

The microSD slot achieves comparatively high copy speeds in combination with our reference card, the Angelbird AV Pro V60. However, the read speeds in the CPDT test are quite slow. In addition, the exFAT file system is supported.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
55.3 MB/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
50.3 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
22 MB/s ∼40% -60%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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ZTE Axon 30 5G Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø12.3 (7.75-19.8)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø23 (17.4-38)
ZTE Axon 30 5G Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø72.6 (23.6-86)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø74.4 (32.7-83.3)

Software - ZTE Axon 30 with Android 11 and MyOS 11

The ZTE Axon 30 5G comes with Google Android 11 and the in-house MyOS 11 user interface. The new UI has a clear design and is reminiscent of MIUI. At the time of our test, the security patches are at the level of July 1, 2021, and are therefore still quite up to date. The manufacturer hasn't stated any details regarding the period for which updates will be provided or the intervals between them. Experience shows that security updates should be delivered rather irregularly for the Axon, and that another major update will probably not be released after Android 12.

ZTE barely installs any third-party apps. Only WPS Office is preinstalled alongside some Google apps.

Communication and GNSS - Fast connectivity and dual-band GNSS

The ZTE Axon 30 5G supports all current standards for mobile data exchange, and it offers a decent frequency coverage that supports all common bands. The reception quality didn't show any issues in the test.

Although the Wi-Fi 6 module works very stably in combination with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, it doesn't take full advantage of the standard's possibilities.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
888 (842min - 904max) MBit/s ∼100% +15%
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
775 (399min - 810max) MBit/s ∼87%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
630 (561min - 645max) MBit/s ∼71% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1368, n=147, last 2 years)
486 MBit/s ∼55% -37%
ZTE Axon 20
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 128 GB eMMC Flash
304 (186min - 418max) MBit/s ∼34% -61%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
282 (275min - 287max) MBit/s ∼32% -64%
iperf3 receive AX12
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 1200, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
877 (657min - 928max) MBit/s ∼100% +34%
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
654 (327min - 736max) MBit/s ∼75%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
649 (589min - 673max) MBit/s ∼74% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 953, n=148, last 2 years)
459 MBit/s ∼52% -30%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
331 (322min - 337max) MBit/s ∼38% -49%
ZTE Axon 20
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 128 GB eMMC Flash
318 (289min - 326max) MBit/s ∼36% -51%
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ZTE Axon 30 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø642 (327-736)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G MediaTek Dimensity 1200, ARM Mali-G77 MP9; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø877 (657-928)
ZTE Axon 30 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø762 (399-810)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G MediaTek Dimensity 1200, ARM Mali-G77 MP9; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø887 (842-904)
GPS Test: Outdoors
Outdoors
GPS Test: Indoors
Indoors

The ZTE Axon 30 5G determines its position very quickly and accurately outdoors. It takes a bit longer indoors, but the smartphone still proves to be quite accurate in that case as well.

The Axon has to face the comparison with the Garmin Edge 500 on a short bike ride. Despite its dual-band GNSS, it shows larger deviations than the bike computer. This could be due to the fact that it switches back to single-band operation when tracking for extended periods of time.

GNSS test ride: Lake
GNSS test ride: Lake
GNSS test ride: Turning point
GNSS test ride: Turning point
GNSS test ride: Summary
GNSS test ride: Summary

Telephone and call quality

The ZTE Axon 30 5G has a hybrid SIM slot, and it can accommodate either two nano SIMs or a microSD card instead of the second SIM. Features like VoLTE and WLAN calling are supported, but not an eSIM.

When held to the ear, call quality is very good in quiet environments. Even low ambient noise is filtered out by the rather aggressive noise suppression, but this also results in the Axon user's voice sounding very nasal and muffled. Louder background noise can also lead to small interruptions. There's noticeable reverberation in speaker mode, and the user's voice is transmitted in a very tinny manner.

Cameras - Brand-new UD camera

Selfie taken with the Axon 30 5G
Selfie taken with the Axon 30 5G

The front of the ZTE Axon 30 5G features an enhanced under-display camera (UDC) that ensures an uninterrupted view of the screen and is also meant to enable good selfies. The camera uses pixel-binning for higher light sensitivity, and it manages to take better pictures than its predecessor, but its quality is still average to mediocre. The photos are dominated by oversharpened contours, they are too bright, and colors are displayed correspondingly pale. At best, it records videos in Full HD (30 FPS).

The quad-camera setup on the back consists of a 64 MP lens with Sony's IMX682 sensor, an ultra wide-angle lens, a macro lens, and a lens for capturing depth information. Pictures taken with the main camera look a bit too soft; however, it still provides a decent digital zoom (max. 20x magnification), but it struggles to focus in low light. As is typical for this price range, the ultra wide-angle camera is characterized by a low amount of details and chromatic aberrations at the edges of subjects.

Videos can be recorded in Ultra HD at up to 60 FPS.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker
9.5 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
0.8 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
6 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
1.3 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
ColorChecker ZTE Axon 30 5G: 4.37 ∆E min: 0.77 - max: 11.63 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.1 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
37.9 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
60.2 ∆E
50.7 ∆E
32.7 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
25.7 ∆E
60.8 ∆E
61.1 ∆E
29.3 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
69.4 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
41.5 ∆E
74.7 ∆E
66.9 ∆E
49.7 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
23 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
ColorChecker ZTE Axon 30 5G: 43.41 ∆E min: 13.2 - max: 74.67 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Generous amount of accessories

The ZTE Axon 30 5G comes with a modular 65-watt power adapter, a clear plastic case, a USB cable (Type-C on both ends), a audio jack adapter, a SIM tool, and a headset (3.5 mm). A compatible screen protector (7 Euros (~$8)) and a darker case (10 Euros (~$12)) are optionally available directly from ZTE.

There is a 24-month warranty.

Input devices and handling - Optical fingerprint scanner for the Axon 30

The capacitive touchscreen of the ZTE Axon 30 5G has very good gliding properties, and it responds to touches quickly and accurately. Google's GBoard is preinstalled as the keyboard, but it can also be replaced with another layout from the Play Store.

An optical fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the display for biometric security; while it does a good job, it could be a bit faster. Alternatively or additionally, you can also unlock the device via the front-facing camera.

Users can navigate the system using gestures as well as the classic navigation buttons. Both options can be further customized by the user.

Display - AMOLED with permanent DC dimming

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure in the area of transition to the UDC
Subpixel structure in the area of transition to the UDC

The 6.92-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display of the ZTE Axon 30 5G makes use of a Full HD Plus resolution. Depending on the content being displayed, the camera integrated into the panel is barely visible or not visible at all, but the transitions are still clearly discernible in the subpixel structure.

Unfortunately, the display only has a low brightness potential, and it behaves the same regardless of whether the ambient light sensor is activated or manual control is used. Similarly, higher peak values aren't detectable in the APL measurements, which will provide for a less thrilling HDR reproduction in everyday use, especially since the Axon nominally supports HDR10+.

OLED flickering is compensated for with a permanent DC dimming mode that can't be deactivated.

453
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
445
cd/m²
449
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 475 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 458.4 cd/m² Minimum: 2.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 455 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.9 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.27
ZTE Axon 30 5G
AMOLED, 2460x1080, 6.92
ZTE Axon 20
OLED, 2460x1080, 6.92
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Nokia XR20
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.67
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Screen
-56%
-21%
-43%
7%
Brightness middle
455
402
-12%
594
31%
599
32%
744
64%
Brightness
458
405
-12%
594
30%
598
31%
749
64%
Brightness Distribution
94
96
2%
99
5%
99
5%
98
4%
Black Level *
0.33
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.9
3.5
-84%
2.74
-44%
4.52
-138%
2.2
-16%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.9
7.7
-97%
6
-54%
7.6
-95%
7
-79%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.2
5.1
-132%
4.2
-91%
4.2
-91%
2.1
5%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.33 94%
2.278 97%
2.279 97%
2.06 107%
CCT
6353 102%
7480 87%
7322 89%
7309 89%
6516 100%
Contrast
1815

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 60.2 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 60.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 60.2 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19601 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

By default, the content on the AMOLED display is a bit too cool. If you set the color temperature to Warm in the settings, you will get a balanced and natural color reproduction without having to give up the large DCI-P3 (10-bit) color space.

Grayscales (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscales (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (color mode: Standard, color temperature: Warm, target color space: DCI-P3)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.9 ms).

The ZTE Axon's screen remains easy to view outdoors as long as the sun isn't too bright. If that is the case, the only option left is to move to a more shaded place.

The viewing-angle stability of the ZTE smartphone is very good. Only a slight blue tint is visible at flat viewing angles, and brightness drops minimally here as well.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing-angle stability of the ZTE Axon 30 5G
Viewing-angle stability of the ZTE Axon 30 5G

Performance - The Axon 30 5G is equipped with fast storage and a fast SoC

The ZTE Axon 30 5G is powered by a fast Snapdragon 870 5G, and depending on the configuration variant, it can access either 8 or 12 GB of RAM. The ZTE smartphone performs as expected in the benchmarks, and it also impresses with a high system speed.

Gaming performance shouldn't be affected either, since the Adreno 650 was already included in last year's top SoCs, and it's still one of the fastest of its kind.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
987 Points ∼99%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
393 Points ∼39% -60%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
809 Points ∼81% -18%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
504 Points ∼51% -49%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
636 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
998 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (955 - 1046, n=14)
991 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=265, last 2 years)
730 Points ∼73% -26%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
3161 Points ∼94%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1342 Points ∼40% -58%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
2463 Points ∼73% -22%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1662 Points ∼49% -47%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1878 Points ∼56% -41%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3368 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (2725 - 4455, n=14)
3231 Points ∼96% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=265, last 2 years)
2356 Points ∼70% -25%
Vulkan Score (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
3299 Points ∼73%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1022 Points ∼23% -69%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4501 Points ∼100% +36%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
976 Points ∼22% -70%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1272 Points ∼28% -61%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3587 Points ∼80% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (3159 - 4324, n=12)
3617 Points ∼80% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 8702, n=200, last 2 years)
3018 Points ∼67% -9%
OpenCL Score (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
3573 Points ∼76%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
Points ∼0% -100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4726 Points ∼100% +32%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1092 Points ∼23% -69%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1304 Points ∼28% -64%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3606 Points ∼76% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (3482 - 3724, n=14)
3606 Points ∼76% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (259 - 9069, n=205, last 2 years)
2821 Points ∼60% -21%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
13522 Points ∼99%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
8486 Points ∼62% -37%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7090 Points ∼52% -48%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
13610 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (10829 - 16054, n=13)
13115 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=212, last 2 years)
10339 Points ∼76% -24%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
10246 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2122 Points ∼21% -79%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3656 Points ∼36% -64%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4040 Points ∼39% -61%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7970 Points ∼78% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (7970 - 11064, n=7)
9567 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 14876, n=203, last 2 years)
5389 Points ∼53% -47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
13769 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2032 Points ∼15% -85%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3845 Points ∼28% -72%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4239 Points ∼31% -69%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12033 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (12033 - 14968, n=7)
13749 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=202, last 2 years)
7970 Points ∼58% -42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
5405 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2611 Points ∼48% -52%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3118 Points ∼58% -42%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3469 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3653 Points ∼68% -32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (3318 - 5784, n=7)
4709 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=200, last 2 years)
3319 Points ∼61% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
8548 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1504 Points ∼18% -82%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2566 Points ∼30% -70%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2927 Points ∼34% -66%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7377 Points ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (6960 - 8975, n=8)
8179 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 13223, n=229, last 2 years)
4351 Points ∼51% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
10251 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1352 Points ∼13% -87%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2448 Points ∼24% -76%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2802 Points ∼27% -73%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
9498 Points ∼92% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (9498 - 10646, n=8)
10275 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=228, last 2 years)
5715 Points ∼56% -44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
5405 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2526 Points ∼47% -53%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3090 Points ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3466 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4140 Points ∼77% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (3296 - 5793, n=8)
4878 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5857, n=228, last 2 years)
3303 Points ∼61% -39%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
4232 Points ∼99%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
693 Points ∼16% -84%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4208 Points ∼98% -1%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
980 Points ∼23% -77%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1103 Points ∼26% -74%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4288 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4166 - 4374, n=14)
4263 Points ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=203, last 2 years)
3122 Points ∼73% -26%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
4228 Points ∼99%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
694 Points ∼16% -84%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
4214 Points ∼99% 0%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
977 Points ∼23% -77%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1097 Points ∼26% -74%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4271 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4152 - 4352, n=14)
4247 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=223, last 2 years)
3995 Points ∼94% -6%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
1227 Points ∼96%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1283 Points ∼100% +5%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
294 Points ∼23% -76%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1223 Points ∼95% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1203 - 1254, n=13)
1231 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=198, last 2 years)
1106 Points ∼86% -10%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
1216 Points ∼97%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1256 Points ∼100% +3%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
287 Points ∼23% -76%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1222 Points ∼97% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1195 - 1246, n=13)
1226 Points ∼98% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=192, last 2 years)
1109 Points ∼88% -9%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
120 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
37 fps ∼31% -69%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
59 fps ∼49% -51%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
59 fps ∼49% -51%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
53 fps ∼44% -56%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
71 fps ∼59% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (60 - 142, n=12)
98.6 fps ∼82% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.5 - 165, n=195, last 2 years)
74.6 fps ∼62% -38%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
228 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
43 fps ∼19% -81%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
178 fps ∼78% -22%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
81 fps ∼36% -64%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
56 fps ∼25% -75%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
200 fps ∼88% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (171 - 233, n=12)
217 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6 - 462, n=195, last 2 years)
167 fps ∼73% -27%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
105 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
22 fps ∼21% -79%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
60 fps ∼57% -43%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
37 fps ∼35% -65%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
33 fps ∼31% -69%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
60 fps ∼57% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (60 - 116, n=12)
86.5 fps ∼82% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 161, n=197, last 2 years)
61.5 fps ∼59% -41%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
130 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
26 fps ∼20% -80%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
124 fps ∼95% -5%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
41 fps ∼32% -68%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
33 fps ∼25% -75%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
119 fps ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (96 - 142, n=12)
127.5 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.4 - 292, n=198, last 2 years)
94.7 fps ∼73% -27%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
75 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
13 fps ∼17% -83%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
58 fps ∼77% -23%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
26 fps ∼35% -65%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
25 fps ∼33% -67%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
59 fps ∼79% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (49 - 95, n=12)
68.9 fps ∼92% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 136, n=198, last 2 years)
48.3 fps ∼64% -36%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
91 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
15 fps ∼16% -84%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
77 fps ∼85% -15%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
29 fps ∼32% -68%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
26 fps ∼29% -71%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
81 fps ∼89% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (72 - 99, n=12)
89.1 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 197, n=199, last 2 years)
64.6 fps ∼71% -29%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.5 fps ∼19% -81%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
41 fps ∼91% -9%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
14 fps ∼31% -69%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼36% -64%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
44 fps ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (30 - 51, n=12)
44 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5 - 89, n=197, last 2 years)
31.7 fps ∼70% -30%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
57 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
13 fps ∼23% -77%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
47 fps ∼82% -18%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼28% -72%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼28% -72%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
48 fps ∼84% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (43 - 59, n=12)
55.1 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.9 - 114, n=198, last 2 years)
39.3 fps ∼69% -31%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
11 fps ∼22% -78%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
48 fps ∼96% -4%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼32% -68%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
18 fps ∼36% -64%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
49 fps ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (32 - 54, n=14)
47.7 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=260, last 2 years)
32.4 fps ∼65% -35%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
62 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
8.8 fps ∼14% -86%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
54 fps ∼87% -13%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
18 fps ∼29% -71%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
20 fps ∼32% -68%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
57 fps ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (50 - 62, n=14)
58.6 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=262, last 2 years)
40.4 fps ∼65% -35%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
29 fps ∼88%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
5.4 fps ∼16% -81%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
31 fps ∼94% +7%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10 fps ∼30% -66%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
11 fps ∼33% -62%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
33 fps ∼100% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (20 - 34, n=14)
30.1 fps ∼91% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=261, last 2 years)
22.9 fps ∼69% -21%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
23 fps ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
3.7 fps ∼16% -84%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
21 fps ∼91% -9%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6.5 fps ∼28% -72%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7.6 fps ∼33% -67%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
22 fps ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (18 - 23, n=14)
21.9 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=262, last 2 years)
15.4 fps ∼67% -33%
Antutu v9 - Total Score (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
681948 Points ∼98%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
604538 Points ∼87% -11%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
322933 Points ∼47% -53%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
393060 Points ∼57% -42%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
680139 Points ∼98% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (662980 - 716502, n=11)
692527 Points ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1119358, n=158, last 2 years)
579836 Points ∼84% -15%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
117184 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
4726 Points ∼4% -96%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
0 Points ∼0% -100%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
71083 Points ∼61% -39%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4716 Points ∼4% -96%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
42629 Points ∼36% -64%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
111838 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (111838 - 123847, n=9)
117183 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1043 - 286905, n=155, last 2 years)
52108 Points ∼44% -56%
BaseMark OS II
Overall (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
6369 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
2033 Points ∼32% -68%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
5130 Points ∼81% -19%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3265 Points ∼51% -49%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3459 Points ∼54% -46%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
6356 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (5448 - 6369, n=11)
5973 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 8753, n=178, last 2 years)
4612 Points ∼72% -28%
System (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
10406 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
4403 Points ∼42% -58%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
9622 Points ∼92% -8%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6296 Points ∼61% -39%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6242 Points ∼60% -40%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
9997 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (8563 - 10489, n=11)
9482 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=178, last 2 years)
8151 Points ∼78% -22%
Memory (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
8025 Points ∼100%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1725 Points ∼21% -79%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
7277 Points ∼91% -9%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3847 Points ∼48% -52%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4211 Points ∼52% -48%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7692 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (5689 - 8167, n=11)
7213 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=178, last 2 years)
5192 Points ∼65% -35%
Graphics (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
12359 Points ∼97%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1834 Points ∼14% -85%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
7754 Points ∼61% -37%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3765 Points ∼29% -70%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3989 Points ∼31% -68%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12801 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (10386 - 12801, n=11)
12045 Points ∼94% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 26660, n=178, last 2 years)
8874 Points ∼69% -28%
Web (sort by value)
ZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
1594 Points ∼96%
ZTE Axon 20
UNISOC T618, Mali-G52 MP2, 6144
1334 Points ∼80% -16%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Mali-G77 MP9, 12288
1276 Points ∼77% -20%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1247 Points ∼75% -22%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1365 Points ∼82% -14%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1658 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1315 - 1791, n=11)
1549 Points ∼93% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=178, last 2 years)
1406 Points ∼85% -12%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (105.1 - 184.5, n=9)
147.7 Points ∼100% +6%
ZTE Axon 30 5G (Chrome 92)
138.8 Points ∼94%
Average of class Smartphone (21.9 - 414, n=124, last 2 years)
119.5 Points ∼81% -14%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
108.8 Points ∼74% -22%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
105.4 Points ∼71% -24%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
92.3 Points ∼62% -34%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
83.5 Points ∼57% -40%
ZTE Axon 20 (Chrome 87)
63.2 Points ∼43% -54%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (99 - 155, n=11)
129.9 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
125 Points ∼96% +8%
ZTE Axon 30 5G (Chrome 92)
116 Points ∼89%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 292, n=175, last 2 years)
102.2 Points ∼79% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
82 Points ∼63% -29%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
69 Points ∼53% -41%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
69 Points ∼53% -41%
ZTE Axon 20 (Chrome 87)
68 Points ∼52% -41%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (20543 - 41256, n=11)
33492 Points ∼100% +18%
ZTE Axon 30 5G (Chrome 92)
28437 Points ∼85%
Average of class Smartphone (3905 - 74261, n=194, last 2 years)
26793 Points ∼80% -6%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
26577 Points ∼79% -7%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
26207 Points ∼78% -8%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
17816 Points ∼53% -37%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
17730 Points ∼53% -38%
ZTE Axon 20 (Chrome 87)
12022 Points ∼36% -58%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
ZTE Axon 20 (Chrome 87)
3432 ms * ∼100% -132%
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 12437, n=184, last 2 years)
2597 ms * ∼76% -75%
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (Chrome 89)
2393 ms * ∼70% -61%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
2383 ms * ∼69% -61%
OnePlus Nord 2 5G (Chrome 92)
1809 ms * ∼53% -22%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
1744 ms * ∼51% -18%
ZTE Axon 30 5G (Chrome 92)
1482 ms * ∼43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (1055 - 1792, n=11)
1394 ms * ∼41% +6%

* ... smaller is better

The ZTE Axon 30 5G's integrated UFS 3.1 storage is a huge improvement over its predecessor, and except for the writing of small data sets, it offers above-average speeds.

ZTE Axon 30 5GZTE Axon 20OnePlus Nord 2 5GNokia XR20Samsung Galaxy A52 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-88%
19%
-43%
-32%
1%
-27%
Sequential Read 256KB
1712
106.7
-94%
1827
7%
485
-72%
927
-46%
1565 ?(1030 - 1898, n=43)
-9%
985 ?(45.6 - 1999, n=257, last 2 years)
-42%
Sequential Write 256KB
765
202.3
-74%
1256
64%
452
-41%
484.6
-37%
785 ?(233 - 1284, n=43)
3%
561 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=257, last 2 years)
-27%
Random Read 4KB
251.5
25.35
-90%
223.7
-11%
174.8
-30%
176.1
-30%
239 ?(126.2 - 390, n=43)
-5%
182.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=257, last 2 years)
-28%
Random Write 4KB
208.9
9.56
-95%
239
14%
146.2
-30%
179.2
-14%
243 ?(121.4 - 503, n=43)
16%
183.4 ?(18.4 - 503, n=258, last 2 years)
-12%

Emissions - Stable performance and decent sound

Temperature

The ZTE Axon 30 5G can get very warm under continuous load, reaching up to 43 °C (~109 °F) on the surface in some areas. However, this value isn't critical, especially since it suggests that the heat generated inside the device is being well dissipated, which is reflected in performance remaining stable at all times.

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ZTE Axon 30 5G Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø25.2 (25.2-25.4)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø5.87 (5.86-5.89)
ZTE Axon 30 5G Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø7.32 (7.29-7.35)
Nokia XR20 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.4.2: Ø1.752 (1.747-1.763)
Max. Load
 42.2 °C
108 F
40.9 °C
106 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
41.3 °C
106 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 41.5 °C
107 F
40.2 °C
104 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 39.7 °C = 103 F
35.2 °C
95 F
39.8 °C
104 F
40.5 °C
105 F
34.5 °C
94 F
39.5 °C
103 F
43 °C
109 F
32.1 °C
90 F
38.1 °C
101 F
41.2 °C
106 F
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.4 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

Speaker

The mono speaker at the bottom of the smartphone provides a pleasing reproduction of media content at medium volumes, but it tends to distort at higher levels.

USB-C is available for wired headphones, for which ZTE includes an audio jack adapter in the box. The audio codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, and LDAC are supported when using Bluetooth. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.844.52532.237.93125.138.1402136.25034.439.8632436.48028.938.110022.834.912517.639.116019.245.520015.849.625015.553.631515.7574001361.350012.464.863014.465.480014.768.4100012.871.6125014.673.4160013.575.6200013.177.6250013.579.3315013.482400013.381.4500013.379.8630013.480.3800013.780.41000013.279.41250013.270.31600012.257.2SPL25.990.4N0.780.1median 13.5median 70.3Delta1.712.439.642.434.734.424.726.623.521.642.433.528.425.523.925.920.425.115.331.62049.814.64813.153.61461.11160.310.363.11163.710.267.210.372.210.874.610.977.211.680.212.278.912.277.512.58113.477.513.177.11574.213.873.714.166.91659.424.7890.673.6median 13.1median 67.2211.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseZTE Axon 30 5GSamsung Galaxy A52 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
ZTE Axon 30 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 10% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life - Turbo fast charging with the Axon 30 5G

Energy consumption

Power consumption in the Axon 30 5G is quite low in most cases. Only at minimum panel brightness is it likely to be a bit lower, but this is probably due to the lack of adaptive control in the 120 Hz display.

The smartphone supports fast charging at up to 65 watts, and it comes with the appropriate power adapter in the box. Wireless charging is not supported, though.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.09 / 0.23 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.05 / 1.23 / 1.24 Watt
Load midlight 4.76 / 8.79 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
ZTE Axon 30 5G
4200 mAh
ZTE Axon 20
4220 mAh
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
Nokia XR20
4630 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
4500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-6%
-9%
20%
-6%
-35%
-6%
Idle Minimum *
1.05
1.07
-2%
0.8
24%
0.7
33%
0.92
12%
1.194 ?(0.7 - 3, n=11)
-14%
0.886 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=195, last 2 years)
16%
Idle Average *
1.23
1.7
-38%
1.2
2%
1.1
11%
1.78
-45%
1.919 ?(0.9 - 4.3, n=11)
-56%
1.571 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=195, last 2 years)
-28%
Idle Maximum *
1.24
1.75
-41%
1.6
-29%
1.6
-29%
1.81
-46%
2.21 ?(1.2 - 4.31, n=11)
-78%
1.783 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=195, last 2 years)
-44%
Load Average *
4.76
3.97
17%
5.7
-20%
2.7
43%
3.86
19%
5.82 ?(3.78 - 9.9, n=11)
-22%
4.34 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=195, last 2 years)
9%
Load Maximum *
8.79
5.77
34%
10.9
-24%
4.9
44%
6.14
30%
9.15 ?(5.5 - 13.8, n=11)
-4%
7.14 ?(3.56 - 11.7, n=195, last 2 years)
19%

* ... smaller is better

Energy consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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ZTE Axon 30 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G: Ø4.82 (1.041-10.1)
Vivo X60 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G: Ø4.96 (1.839-9.09)

Energy consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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ZTE Axon 30 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.37 (3.92-8.41)
Vivo X60 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.47 (4.25-8.6)
ZTE Axon 30 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.963 (0.91-1.063)
Vivo X60 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.39 (1.318-1.65)

Battery life

The ZTE Axon 30 5G doesn't perform outstandingly in our real-world Wi-Fi test with the display brightness adjusted (150 cd/m²), but it still delivers a good runtime that should safely get users through the whole day.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 92)
10h 58min
ZTE Axon 30 5G
4200 mAh
ZTE Axon 20
4220 mAh
OnePlus Nord 2 5G
4500 mAh
Nokia XR20
4630 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-14%
46%
41%
8%
WiFi v1.3
658
564
-14%
958
46%
927
41%
710
8%
Reader / Idle
1926
1786
1917
H.264
1126
895
1052
Load
272
301
324

Pros

+ fast SoC
+ color-accurate 120 Hz display
+ expandable storage
+ 65-watt fast charging

Cons

- camera tuning only average
- no wireless charging or IP certification
- display comparatively dim

Verdict - Good overall package with UD camera

In review: ZTE Axon 30 5G. Test device provided by ZTE Global.
In review: ZTE Axon 30 5G. Test device provided by ZTE Global.

Compared with the Axon 20, the ZTE Axon 30 5G has been improved in many areas, and it now offers a good as well as modern overall package. The fast Qualcomm SoC ensures a strong system and gaming performance, the accurate 120 Hz panel provides a smooth image, and the under-display camera is now well hidden and hardly visible.

The ZTE Axon 30 5G offers more than just a well-hidden UD camera.

Nevertheless, ZTE has to face some criticism here. Although the UDC's imaging performance has improved, it's still not truly good. The main camera on the back is quite decent, but we still see room for improvement when it comes to image processing.

If you're looking for a smartphone with a large as well as uninterrupted display, and you don't want to make any compromises in terms of system speed, you should take a closer look at the Axon 30 5G. Other strong alternatives are the OnePlus Nord 2 and the Galaxy A52 5G.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the ZTE Axon 30 5G is officially available directly from the manufacturer for a starting price of $499 (8/128GB). Alternatively, you can also wait for the device to become available on Amazon or newegg, for example.

ZTE Axon 30 5G - 08/31/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 90%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
63 / 70 → 90%
Weight
89%
Battery
89%
Display
90%
Games Performance
65 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
83 / 86 → 97%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
78 / 90 → 87%