ZTE Axon Elite


ZTE Axon Elite
ZTE Axon Elite (Axon Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A57/-A53
Graphics adapter
3072 MB 
5.50 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive 10 touch points, IPS, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo jack, Card Reader: MicroSD (up to 128 GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Movement sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass, iris scanner, accelerometer, NFC, Android Beam, Google Cast, WiFi Direct
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE Cat. 6 (700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300, 2500 and 2600 MHz), HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz), GSM (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.8 x 154 x 77 ( = 0.39 x 6.06 x 3.03 in)
Lithium-Ion, 3000 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Webcam: 8 MP, Main camera: 13 MP + 2 MP (autofocus, dual-LED flash), Videos: [email protected], [email protected], 720p @120fps
Additional features
Speakers: Mono at the front, Keyboard: virtual, Power adaptor, headset, USB cable, quick-start guide, SIM tool, Alive Share, Mi-Assistent, Backup & Recovery, AccuWeather, WPS Office, 24 Months Warranty, SAR head: 0.17 W/kg, SAR body: 0.491 W/kg
169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
449 Euro



Average Score: 81.8% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 81%, performance: 81%, features: 76%, display: 89% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the ZTE Axon Elite

85% ZTE Axon Elite Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Flagship with some issues. The ZTE Axon Elite is the current flagship device from the Chinese manufacturer in the European market. At a first glance, it ticks all the right boxes with 4K video recording, fingerprint scanner and a very powerful processor. However, a closer inspection reveals some drawbacks.
80% ZTE Axon Elite – Review
Source: Cool Smartphone English
During the time with the ZTE Axon Elite, I have been part impressed with ZTE and part frustrated. For the most part, everything feels thought out and well-put together. The ability to tweak and change the wallpapers and themes was a lot more fun than it really should be. Yet, trying to set it up to the way I liked it felt like a chore, not a pleasure. The ringtone is nice and loud, but it’s louder than I want for longer than I want. It’s nice to hold in the hand, but in use it kept feeling that little bit slippery when I was trying to work one-handed.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/04/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
90% ZTE Axon Elite review: ZTE takes security to the next level with the Axon Elite smartphone
Source: Tech Advisor English
The ZTE Axon Elite has great specs and some interesting tech at an excellent price, but while we appreciate many users will love the design we aren't entirely taken by it - especially the fake-leather parts on the rear. If you can't get the OnePlus 2, this is a close second best - and much easier to get hold of.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

84% Der Teufel steckt im Detail
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 72% performance: 91% features: 86% display: 95% mobility: 65%
70% Edel-Phablet mit James Bond-Gimmicks
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%


Model: Premium and elegant, the ZTE Axon Elite will certainly turn heads when in use. ZTE has certainly upped their game in their smartphone design. The ZTE Axon Elite chassis is made from a combination of aerospace aluminum alloy body and high quality leatherette. Teaming up TEAGUE, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Design Team, the ZTE Axon Elite features a curved back for good ergonomics and a unique triangle pattern grill on the front side, which also acts as a heat dissipator. The smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 810 octa-core setup utilizing a Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 chip. It also comes with 3 GB of RAM, an Adreno 430 GPU and 32 GB of internal storage with the ability to use a microSD card up to 128 GB.

The 5.5 inch IPS LCD display provides superb clarity and color saturation. The ZTE Axon Elite comes with a 13 MP and 2 MP dual-camera setup that is claimed to be almost DSLR-like in performance and a 8 MP front camera. Other features on the ZTE Axon Elite are Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, a fingerprint scanner, NFC, and microUSB 2.0. The ZTE Axon Elite sports a non-removable Lithium-Ion battery rated at 3000 mAh and comes in beautiful Ion Gold.

Qualcomm Adreno 430: Integrated smartphone and tablet GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and DirectX 11.2 (FL 11_1). The graphics card has 192 unified shaders clocked at up to 650 MHz.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

810 MSM8994:

High-end ARM SoC with 8 CPU cores (4x Cortex-A57 and 4x Cortex-A53) and an Adreno 430 GPU. Manufactured in a 20 nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.169 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985. The product range includes, for example, USB sticks, routers, smartphones and tablets.

The ratings of the relatively many reviews have a wide range from below-average to very good (as of 2016).

81.8%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


Similar devices from a different Manufacturer

Huawei Nexus 6P
Adreno 430
HTC 10 Evo
Adreno 430
HTC Bolt
Adreno 430
Gigaset ME Pro
Adreno 430
Google Nexus 6P
Adreno 430
Sony Xperia Z5
Adreno 430
OnePlus 2
Adreno 430
OnePlus One 2
Adreno 430

Devices with the same GPU

Gigaset ME
Adreno 430, Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, 5.00", 0.16 kg
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Adreno 430, Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, 4.60", 0.138 kg

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Mali-G52 MP2, Tiger T618, 6.92", 0.198 kg
ZTE Axon 20 5G
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ZTE Blade V2020
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ZTE Blade A3 2020
unknown, unknown, 5.45", 0.16 kg
ZTE Nubia Play 5G
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ZTE Blade A7 2020
PowerVR GE8320, Mediatek Helio 20 Helio P22 MT6762, 6.08", 0.164 kg
ZTE Axon 11 5G
Adreno 620, Snapdragon SD 765G, 6.47", 0.168 kg
ZTE Blade A5 2020
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.09", 0.156 kg
ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G
Adreno 650, Snapdragon SD 865, 6.65", 0.218 kg
ZTE Blade 10 Prime
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ZTE Blade 20 Smart
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2015-11-16)