System Performance - Extremely Snappy

Featuring the Snapdragon 870, the Axon 30 should still be plenty competitive in terms of performance. The 120Hz screen and high touch sample rate also should allow excellent responsiveness.

PCMark Work 3.0 - Web Browsing 3.0

PCMark Work 3.0 - Writing

PCMark Work 3.0 - Photo Editing

PCMark Work 3.0 - Data Manipulation

PCMark Work 3.0 - Performance

The performance of the device in PCMark is excellent, and does end up managing to perform most of the time ahead of Snapdragon 865 devices (this is the first 870 we’ve had our hands on). What was a bit surprising is to see the Axon 30 outperform the Axon 30 Ultra in the writing sub-test, which could signify more aggressive scheduler settings on the Snapdragon 870 phone.

Unfortunately, ZTE is still doing benchmark detection and cheating in PCMark, increasing frequencies. We circumvent this in our testing.

Web Browser Performance

Speedometer 2.0 - OS WebView (64b) JetStream 2 - OS Webview (64b) WebXPRT 3 - OS WebView (64b)

In the web-browsing tests, the Axon 30 lands in at around where we expected the Snapdragon 870, performing still quite excellently and keeping up with Snapdragon 888 devices, bar a larger gap in Speedometer.

Overall, the device is extremely responsive and the combination of 120Hz and high sample touch allows for a very snappy device experience.

Under-Display Camera Quality GPU Performance
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  • GreenReaper - Friday, September 3, 2021 - link

    It seems what is essential to this phone is invisible to the eye... except at an angle.
  • Kangal - Friday, September 3, 2021 - link

    The implementation would have been more convincing if the UDC was on the Top-Left Corner. There needs to be some software/OS feature built-in to actually "black out" that section when the Front Camera is in use. Not just for the Stock Camera, but for other Apps like openCamera and Snapchat etc etc. On top of this, I think it requires a slightly better front camera (sharper camera, larger sensor).

    Portrait mode; the UDC might be hidden by the icons in the notification bar. And when the Notification Bar isn't displayed, that entire section could just be a colour that blends in with the content.
    Landscape mode; that corner is mostly un-used. Think of most movies, that section is more like the blindspot. So here, the subtle differences, will also be masked.

    Overall, they've done great with the UDC implementation, camera choice, 4MP downsampling, post-processing, and the adequately sharp 1080p display. Can't wait for this to get even better.
  • Samus - Sunday, September 5, 2021 - link

    Kangal took the thoughts out of my brain bone: if they put this in a top corner its much more "transparent" to the user.

    Either way, the under screen camera implementation is far more impressive than I thought it would be going into the article, and honestly the 4MP output is totally adequate unless you are actually taking selfies with the front camera.
  • sharath.naik - Monday, September 6, 2021 - link

    Why do these manufacturers feel the need to do under display camera? It is at best horrible, NO ONE IS ASKING FOR IT. It is baffling the level of nonsensical decision making that goes into going into this direction. The display cut out is Already small enough to be a nonissue.
    Round cutouts are that are small enough and in the center are absolutely fine. Even having a small bezel at the top and bottom to accommodate the camera and front Firing speakers are even better. No one is asking for Zero bezel at the top and bottom, let alone an under display camera.
  • CampGareth - Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - link


    Hello, I am a human being and I am asking for under-display cameras. I bought a galaxy fold 3 instead of a 2 for this reason. I like big uninterrupted displays but a camera is still useful for video calls, face unlock and the occasional selfie. I would accept a motorised pop-out camera but that takes up more space than a UDC, space which I would rather use for batteries. I would love to have UDCs on my laptops in exchange for slimmer bezels leading to smaller laptops for a given screen size or more screen for a device size.

    Speak for yourself not for others, we all have different opinions.
  • Tams80 - Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - link

    You want slimmer bezels on your laptops...

    Sorry, but that alone makes your opinion silly.
  • Tams80 - Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - link

    I'm only interested if the camera is going to be placed in or near the middle of the display. That would be innovative and useful (if still poor image quality).

    But otherwise, yeah, just use a damn bezel.
  • shabby - Friday, September 3, 2021 - link

    Surprised the udc area ppi is identical to the main screen, Samsung's implementation has 10 year old ppi in that section, how are they so far behind?
  • Fulljack - Saturday, September 4, 2021 - link

    Samsung uses foldable display which adds complexity.
  • Samus - Sunday, September 5, 2021 - link

    Samsung also used previous gen tech. Even the recently launched Z Fold 3 uses a 4MP front camera (the actual sensor is 4MP, not just capturing at 4MP like this one.)

    This phone appears a generation ahead on UDC technology.

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