ZTE’s Axon 11 is a mid-range 5G smartphone with the Snapdragon 765G

ZTE’s Axon 11 is a mid-range 5G smartphone with the Snapdragon 765G

ZTE’s Axon lineup is the flagship lineup from the company. Over the years, we have seen some compelling product options from the company in this segment. One of the reasons that customer reception has been lukewarm is because of the general availability and marketing for the product. Nonetheless, past devices like the Axon 10s Pro 5G did offer good value for money. ZTE is back again with a new Axon product with the Axon 11, but this time, they’re not aiming for a flagship.

ZTE Axon 11 5G: Specifications

SpecificationZTE Axon 11 5G
Display
  • 6.47-inch curved 3D AMOLED display
  • 19.5:9 FHD+ (2340×1080), 100,000:1 contrast
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Waterdrop notch
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 765G with Adreno 620
RAM and Storage
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 8GB + 128GB
  • 8GB + 256GB
Battery and Charging
  • 4,000 mAh
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4
  • Qi wireless charging
Ports
  • USB Type-C
  • No headphone jack
Rear Cameras
  • 64MP, f/1.89
  • 8MP, 120° wide-angle
  • 2MP macro
  • 2MP depth
Front Camera20MP, f/2.0
ConnectivityDual SIM
SecurityUnder-display fingerprint scanner
Android VersionMiFavor 10 based on Android 10

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Specifications

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (sm7250-AA)
CPU
  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core @ 2.4GHz
  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Performance core @ 2.2GHz
  • 6x (ARM Cortex-A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz
GPU
  • Adreno 620 (15% speed-binned GPU versus 765)
  • Vulkan 1.1
  • Video playback: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP8, VP9, 4K HDR10, HLG, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
  • Select Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features
  • 20% better performance and efficiency
Display
  • Maximum On-Device Display Support: FHD+ @ 120Hz, QHD+ @ 60Hz
  • Maximum External Display Support: UHD @ 60Hz
  • HDR support
  • DisplayPort over USB Type-C support
AI
  • Hexagon 696 with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
  • 5th generation AI Engine
  • Qualcomm Sensing Hub
  • 5.5 TOPS
Memory
  • Type: 2 x 16-bit, LPDDR4
  • Speed: Up to 2133MHz, 12GB RAM
  • 1MB system cache
ISP
  • Dual 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP
  • Single camera: Up to 36MP with ZSL; Up to 192MP
  • Dual camera: Up to 22MP with ZSL
  • Video capture: 4K HDR @ 30 fps video; Slow motion up to [email protected] fps; HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
Modem
  • Snapdragon X52 4G LTE and 5G multimode modem
  • Downlink: 3.7Gbps (5G), 1.2Gbps (4G LTE)
  • Uplink: 1.6Gbps (5G), 210Mbps (4G LTE)
  • Modes: NSA, SA, TDD, FDD
  • mmWave: 400MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2×2 MIMO
  • sub-6 GHz: 100MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO
Charging
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge AI
Connectivity
  • Location: Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS, SBAS, Dual Frequency support
  • Wi-Fi: Qualcomm FastConnect 6200; Wi-Fi 6 ready; 2.4/5GHz Bands; 20/40/80 MHz Channels; DBS, TWT, WPA3, 8×8 MU-MIMO
  • Bluetooth: Version 5.0, aptX TWS and Adaptive
Manufacturing Process7nm EUV from Samsung

The ZTE Axon 11 5G retains some of the signature aspects of the Axon branding, like the decent display specification, camera, and other features. What it skips out on is opting for a full flagship SoC. Instead of opting for the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with a separate 5G modem, ZTE has decided to go for the similarly competitive Snapdragon 765G with 5G support. This allows ZTE to charge a lower price and retain perhaps the most important feature of the Axon lineup — value.

ZTE Axon 11 5G

Skipping out on the flagship SoC does not automatically mean that a product is bad value by itself. While this does remove the “flagship killer” tag from the product, it still means you get a competitive mid-range phone. You get a 6.47″ curved AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 6/8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage, and a 64MP quad-camera setup. ZTE is banking on camera features such as 4K 60fps video and real-time 4K HDR video recording, 4K live streaming, video-stabilization for the rear camera, and 7-level AI beautification solutions for both the cameras (can be turned off). to make this a compelling option. Software features on the Axon 11 5G include Link Booster (to find the best possible channel for data), simultaneous Wi-Fi and data usability, simultaneous dual-channel Wi-Fi usability, and a Game Assistant with features like accidental touch detection, DND, speed optimizations and more. And of course, there is support for SA and NSA 5G.

Pricing and Availability

The ZTE Axon 11 5G will be available in China for CNY 2698 (~$380) for the 6GB+128GB variant, CNY 2998 (~$422) for the 8GB+128GB variant, and CNY 3398 (~$478) for the 8GB+256GB variant. It is currently unknown if the phone will make its way out to global markets, but we can expect a slight price increase if it does.

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Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

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