Most smartphones have a high megapixel main camera and a handful of less powerful accessory lenses. But the new ZTE Axon 30 Ultra, available for pre-order on May 27, packs three 64-megapixel cameras into its hump to deliver high-quality photos in portrait, wide-angle, and ultra-wide-angle formats. And that̵
Starting at $ 750, the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra looks like a great price. It runs on a SnapDragon 888 5G chip (same as the Galaxy S21), comes with Android 11, supports 65 watts fast charging, runs on Wi-Fi 6, and has a large 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate. Phones with similar specs, such as the OnePlus 9 Pro, cost hundreds of dollars more than the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra.
You can’t have a flagship phone without crazy cameras, and ZTE got big with the Axon 30 Ultra. The Samsung-style camera bump features a “Trinity” of 64-megapixel lenses, all of which can be shot simultaneously, allowing you to choose between portrait, wide-angle or ultra-wide-angle shots after you’ve captured your subject. An 8 megapixel “periscope” lens also allows you to capture distant subjects with 5x optical zoom or 60x digital zoom.
Interestingly, the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra’s ultra-wide angle and periscope lenses use optical image stabilization to reduce jitter and blur in photos or videos. That image stabilization comes in handy when you’re using the Axon 30 Ultra to record crisp 8K 30FPS HDR10 video, an impressive setting supported by ZTE’s built-in movie templates.
While the specifications of the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra are very impressive, the phone does not support wireless charging. It also lacks the correct IP rating for water resistance, a big mistake for a device at this price. Still, it looks like a great phone. We’ll just have to see how well the cameras work – will a 64-megapixel “Trinity” get you good photos?