After months of back and forth, ZTE finally returns to the US. The last phone the Chinese company brought out here was the Axon 7 Pro, a budget flagship that stood up well against the OnePlus 3 and 3T at the time. His successor is the Axon 10 Pro, which follows the same strategy.
Before ZTE was blacklisted, they were on the rise. They modeled their phone versions on OnePlus and offered flagship specifications at medium prices. Since they left, the landscape has changed a bit. OEMs like ASUS have taken over the strategy and created real added value with mobile phones like the ZenFone 6. And with ASUS and OnePlus phones having a first-class Android experience, ZTE has done so too.
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The ZTE Axon 1
0 Pro is basically the OnePlus 7 – no, not the OnePlus 7 Pro that you can buy in the US, but the cheaper OnePlus 7 with light weight downgraded specifications for a lower price. The AMOLED display supports HDR10, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and a triple camera system with 3x optical zoom. All for a price under $ 600 (even for the maximum possible variant).
It uses an almost standard Android version, which is rare for a Chinese phone – this industry segment usually has some of the heaviest OEM skins. And ZTE promises the Android 10 update in the near future. In fact, the Axon 10 Pro was part of the Android Q beta program before it came to the US.
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro was first released on 25 February 2019 announced during the Mobile World Congress. After some negotiations with the current US government, they were allowed to return to the United States and announced that the phone would be available nationwide from 6 September 2019. Pre-orders will start on the 28th of August. The phone is available through B & H, Newegg and directly through ZTE
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Pre-Order Date: August 28, 2019
Announced: February 25, 2019
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro is offered in two variants, each with 256 GB of internal memory. The Axon 10 Pro uses the Flash Friendly File System (F2FS) file system, a file system developed by Samsung that provides better read and write speeds than the EXT4 system used by most Android smartphones. While this phone uses "only" UFS 2.1, it reads and writes to internal memory much faster than phones using the same standard. Both models also support expandable storage through a microSD card up to 2TB.
Available storage: 256 GB
Expandable storage: up to 2TB with microSD card
Price for everything
You might want to sit down for it. Are you sitting? Well, let me tell you the price. The Axon 10 Pro costs $ 549.98. That's $ 549.98 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For an upgrade to 12 GB and 256 GB of storage, the price is only $ 599.98.
The case is similar to most phones on the market. The frame is made of aluminum, while the front and back are made of glass. It uses Gorilla Glass for protection, although ZTE does not specify which version it uses. It comes in one color, blue.
Version: Android 9 Pie (Android 10 to the end of 2019)
ZTE In the US, customers wanted a share-like experience. Because of this, when they upgraded from Axon 7 Pro to Oreo, they changed their interface to be almost Android-compliant. It is rumored that ZTE should be called "Stock +". The result was that ZTE still carries the name MiFavor for the skin. The Axon 10 Pro offers the same share-like experience.
MiFavor 9.1 is an Android standard with some options in the settings for some ZTE gestures and additional features. Similar to the recent change to ASUS ZenUI, there is virtually no bloatware as ZTE decides on most Google apps, including Dialer and Messaging.