Initially scheduled to be introduced earlier this yr, the Axon 9 Professional was lastly launched at IFA 2018. It’s ZTE’s strongest handset and with a worth estimated at ~$750 it should compete towards the most effective smartphones everybody else has to supply. This time, ZTE has a give attention to the multimedia expertise with a devoted customized video processor, and a loudspeaker designed for high-performance.

Successor to the Axon 7, the brand new Axon 9 Professional was introduced on 2018-08-30. Utilizing price as fundamental standards, we lined-up a gaggle of smartphones which we’ll use to evaluate how the ZTE Axon 9 Professional matches in its fast smartphone panorama. Sony Xperia XZ3 (~900 USD), Sony Xperia XZ2 (~710 USD), Samsung Galaxy S9+ (~819 USD), Honor Honor Play (~380 USD).

Key technical specs

6.21” AMOLED Show (2248×1080)12 MP Digital camera, f/1.75 apertureQualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform 6 RAM, 128, 256 GB of Storage + MicroSDXC (400 GB max)4000 mAh battery capacityAndroid eight.1

Industrial Design

The Axon 9 Professional makes use of a glass sandwich design, which implies that it seems to be very neat, and even has glass curving to the perimeters, just like the Galaxy S Sequence. This design method is nice, however many premium and high-end telephones now use it, so wee can’t say that it is rather distinctive, however it does enable ZTE to compete as a result of it’s nice sufficient.

The fingerprint sensor is properly built-in with a nice-looking diamond-cut steel rim. The digicam module protrudes just a little, however we don’t assume that it’s an issue. Flush digicam modules had been a factor a few years in the past, however though Samsung and LG undergo the difficulty of stopping protrusion, Apple and Huawei get away with not doing it, with out paying an apparent worth.

Sorry for the mud round these areas, however the demo telephone has traveled round and a few of it wasn’t very seen to the bare eye. We should always have been extra cautious although. Examine the picture gallery for a better look:

This smartphone feels comfy within the hand as a result of it has a width of 74.5mm and a thickness of roughly zero.31 inches. For reference that is based mostly on a medium dimension hand (US M gloves).

Bizarrely, the load info was not out there within the official specs, however this design ought to characteristic glorious efficiency in relation to its dimension and weight. From one other viewpoint, how a lot battery capability the customer will get is very spectacular for a tool of this dimension. As solely the Huawei P20 Professional has Three% extra battery per quantity.

The Axon 9 Professional’s display screen display-to-body ratio of 83.Three% can also be glorious general as it’s vastly superior to the Axon 7 (73.Three%) and Huawei P20 Professional (82%). The Galaxy S9+ barely retains the lead with 83.6%.

Sturdiness

The glass materials is far smoother and shinier in comparison with steel designs. It places out a premium really feel, each visually and when holding it. Cash apart, the worth to pay for such design is the chance of breakage that may happen if the gadget lands on a tough floor, particularly for the reason that Axon 9 Professional’s glass barely curves onto the perimeters. Regardless, individuals nonetheless favor glass as a result of it’s so good. Handsets can merely be protected by a case, however it’s a pity to then disguise their magnificence.

Analyzing how the smartphone was constructed, we estimate that the chances of cracking throughout a drop on a tough floor to be excessive. You may confer with our detailed article about how telephones might be constructed to keep away from cracks upon drops: How the LG V20 Was Designed To Survive Drops

The Axon 9 Professional smartphone has an IP68 IP score, which implies that it’s protected to a point from mud and/or water. Right here’s what the IP68 score means: Mud tight, no mud can penetrate. As much as Three-meter immersion waterproofing. In some circumstances, waterproofing implies that “some” water can penetrate, however with out harming the gadget. The Axon 9 Professional has not acquired a U.S Army MIL-STD 810G certification, however it’s fairly uncommon, and LG is probably the most distinguished OEM to do it.

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