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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  • s.yu - Saturday, July 31, 2021 - link

    The processing isn't very consistent across modules, and, perhaps surprisingly, the main looks worse than the UWA zoomed in. At default mag. though the main looks competitive.
  • ottonis - Sunday, August 1, 2021 - link

    Once again I have to express my admiration for Andre's terrific Smartphone reviews. They may not cover each and every aspect of the phone but when they address certain aspects they do it with unprecedented depth, precision and technical expertise that easily surpasses the vast majority of smartphone reviews on the internet.

    Thanks for the terrific work, reading your reviews is pure joy!!
  • Skiprudder - Thursday, August 5, 2021 - link

    I'm not sure you should be recommending any ZTE devices for US consumers right now. The US government has banned all government employees and contractors from using ZTE phones because of concerns about Chinese government involvement and investment in the company and the potential for spyware (software and hardware.) The US government has also moved to ban any ZTE equipment from installation in cellular and other networks for the same reason.

    This means that over 9 million US consumers are directly barred from using this phone by their employer. If Anandtech wanted to explore some of these security concerns in more detail, that would be very cool, but I think you have to warn folks when reviewing a device like this.
  • DuranArturoLucio - Thursday, August 26, 2021 - link

    Today, we’re taking a closer look at a somewhat particular device, the new ZTE A: and surprisingly enough I mean that in every sense of the word. Normally when you hear “ZTE” or “Ultra Review” your eyes cross and all hope is lost; but this time there is something curiously unique about the phone that has me hooked before I even picked it up to take for a spin. The title gives it away: it has an ultra-bright screen. We can always discuss them on my website. It's really easy. This interesting detail could be part of what draws so many people in but by far my favorite feature is its special keyboard with built-in Android Functions keys (
  • peevee - Saturday, September 11, 2021 - link

    Top-of-the-line chipset.
    Rubber body (so no extra case would be required).
    Removable/replaceable high-capacity battery.
    3.5mm jack.
    Energy-efficient screen.
    Security updates for 4 years+.
    Is it really that much to ask?

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