ZTE Axon 40 Pro: Cheaper alternative to the Axon 40 Ultra introduced with a Snapdragon 870 and a 144 Hz AMOLED display
While ZTE's focus has been on the Axon 40 Ultra today, it has also announced the Axon 40 Pro. While the device has a 'Pro' moniker, it is quite a step down from the Axon 40 Ultra's hardware. According to ZTE's launch event, the Axon 40 Pro features the Snapdragon 870, an overclocked Snapdragon 865 that Qualcomm introduced in late 2019.
Additionally, the Axon 40 Pro has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display from the Axon 30 Ultra. Accordingly, the Axon 40 Pro offers a 144 Hz refresh rate too, plus a 360 Hz touch sampling rate, 1,000 nits of peak brightness and full DCI-P3 colour space coverage. Incidentally, the display has a centred-punch hole for the Axon 40 Pro's front-facing camera, not an under-panel alternative like the Axon 40 Ultra.
Elsewhere, the Axon 40 Pro has a 108 MP primary camera that ZTE complements with 8 MP ultra-wide-angle and dual 2 MP sensors. Moreover, ZTE has included a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 66 W fast charging. Currently, ZTE has only confirmed that the Axon 40 Pro will be available in China, where it will start at CNY 2,998 (~US$450) with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Alternatively, ZTE will offer the Axon 40 Pro with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for CNY 3,798 (~US$570).