GPU Performance

As with many devices nowadays where long-term gaming performance isn’t necessarily dictated by the SoC, but also by the thermal dissipation and temperature thresholds that a vendor configures their devices to reach. We haven’t really had the experience of a ZTE flagship in a few years here so it’ll be interesting to see how they handle things:

Basemark GPU 1.2 - Medium 1440p - Off-Screen / Blit

Starting off with Basemark GPU, the Axon 30 Ultra actually fares quite well in relation to other Snapdragon 888 devices, reaching long term sustained figures that are above the norm in regards to performance.

GFXBench Aztec Ruins - High - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screen GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen GFXBench T-Rex 2.7 Off-screen

The increased performance of the Axon 30 Ultra is generally represented across the board, where the sustained performance is above that of other devices in the market. The explanation here is simply that ZTE allows the phone to reach higher thermal levels as other devices, reaching peak skin temperatures of around 45-46°C. The SoC still naturally has to throttle from its unsustainable +9W peak performance states and thus there’s a 25-30% degradation depending on workloads, but the phone remains one of the more aggressive in the market right now.

Generally, you should expect a good gaming experience from the Axon 30 Ultra.

System Performance Display Measurement
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  • ottonis - Sunday, August 1, 2021 - link

    The rules of market are fairly agnostic with regards to what customers "accept" and what they don't.
    As long as a company can sell good amounts of phones and even increase their margins, they will cut literally everything from the phone.
    The point is: what will the consumer purchase? The mere fact that Apple Google etc are cutting away SD slots and abalogie audio ports means that a sufficient number of customers purchase these products, even at a premium price.
    So, best thing to do is simply to ignore such devices and focus on comanies/brands/device models that still incorporate these components into devices.
    The Sony Xperia 1/5/10 Mark III come to mind as great alternatives, although in my opinion they are quite overpriced for what they offer especially in the camera department.

    The Xiaomi Pico X3 pro has a 3.5mm jack, an SD card slot, a fairly ok-ish main rear camera, is available on Amazon even in the US and costs only 280 bucks.
    I am seriously considering on giving up on so called "flagships" and instead run a cheap bread and butter smartphone that does everything I need and want, and if I plan on shooting some good photos just carry around an ultra pocketable mini camera such as Canon Gx7iii or one of the Sony Rx100 models, all if which easily fit into a jeans pocket.
  • drajitshnew - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    Consumers have to accept that micro SD cards are dying out. The newer micro SD express standard has been out for some time, has connectors available from at least amphenol, and has support from WD. But not even Sony Xperia supports it. There is nothing we can do about it.
    As for the 3.5 mm Jack, it actually provides SUPERIOR audio quality than USB -C Analog audio (the dongle type) because the Analog signal is transmitted by pins in close proximity to those carrying high frequency and high power signals. And if the signal is being output like that it is actually misleading to call it a 32 bit 192KHz audio, or something similar.
    But as I said I seriously am starting to think that I made a mistake in buying a fringe model with a 3.5mm audio but botched call management.
  • drajitshnew - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    The hyped audio advantages of USB-C only come into play if you output digital audio to an external high quality DAC. But that adds bulk and COST disadvantages. Also, most midrange phones have USB 2.0
  • flyingpants265 - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    Hard to beat the Poco X3 Pro for the price...
  • BillyBeane - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    Will be compatible with any US carriers after the 2g/3g shutdown? Does it do VoLTE? What Frequency bands is it compatible with?
  • docola - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    It's a deal killer for ANY phone that is chinese for me.
    Xiaomi etc has confirmed our suspicions when all kinds of data
    was found to be sent to odd russian and chinese servers.
    Too bad because they make great phones (xiaomi) at cheap prices.
    Its selling your soul to the spy devils. No thank you.
  • flyingpants265 - Saturday, July 31, 2021 - link

    Xiaomis are basically sold at cost. For $270 USD or whatever for the pro model, you can't really go wrong! That's cheaper than the old Nexus 4, Nexus 5, OnePlus One. Half the price of a Samsung Galaxy S3 on release.

    I'm flashing AOSP on mine. But of course that wouldn't change anything that might be contained inside the chips.
  • drajitshnew - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    Kudos to @Andrei for b introducing browser based web benchmarks. The blacklisting and whitelisting shenanigans are seriously impairing the utility of PC mark.
    @dotjaz recently got a fresh perspective on the utility of software updates. Realme x7max [? Realme GT 5G] got bricked twice, before they figured that it was being caused by a software update. I was also advised and did a factory reset [unsuccessful] because my calls don't appear on the screen -- seriously.
    As a reference Microsoft has done an absolutely amazing job with the technology and support in Windows 10. But it has got more brickbats for BSODs and bricking from them same updates.
  • flyingpants265 - Saturday, July 31, 2021 - link

    What on earth? Windows 10 is one of the worst pieces of software ever made.
  • nicolaim - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    No good software update policy?
    No wireless charging?

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