Specs summary


The ZTE Axon Pro's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 720 minutes (2G), 1283 minutes (3G), 399 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

An unlocked, premium Android smartphone with good looks and killer specs.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 6 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Fast performance
  • Premium build

What's bad  

  • Uninspiring camera quality
  • No microSD slot
  • Plastic ends don't match color of metal frame

ZTE has put out several entry level handsets without making any huge splashes, but they hope their first "flagship" phone – the Axon Pro – will attract more attention. Experts believe it will do just that thanks to its competitive prices, powerful specs and a premium design.

Unlike many other mid-tier phones, the Axon Pro flaunts and all aluminum frame and comes in three different colors: blue, gold and silver. While the metal gives the phone a higher class look, it also made it much more slippery for reviewers to hold on to. While much of the phone is metal, ZTE still used plastic on the rear top and bottom case. Unfortunately, experts immediately noticed the change of material, especially since the pieces didn't color match with the trim. At 6 x 2.9 x 0.37 it veers on the larger side and is also a bit heavier than its competitors at 6.1 ounces. Despite this, experts found the Axon Pro comfortable to hold and use one-handed even with the 5.5-inch display.

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Speaking of displays, the Axon Pro offers quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels). It isn't just sharp, though. Reviewers also praise it for being colorful and accurate albeit slightly over saturated. With that said, they truly enjoyed viewing it with Android Headlines stating, "The display is so good, that I can hardly put the phone down." In addition, experts had no issue viewing the phone in different lighting situations from low to bright, though they add the adaptive brightness did make the screen too dark indoors. It is also the first phone to employ Corning's antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. While they didn't test out the antimicrobial claim, experts did like that it was much easier to wipe away smudges and fingerprints.

ZTE didn't skimp out when it came to internal hardware as evidenced by the 2GHz octo-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Experts were able to zip through the navigation and easily multi-task without any hiccups or crashes even when using more processor heavy tasks like video editing or 3D gaming. The 3000mAh battery keeps the phone humming along and lasted critics a full day without recharge. Thanks to quick charging, they were able to get the batteries to 50% in just 30 minutes. The one area they weren't too happy with was the limited internal storage option of 32GB without microSD support.

Perhaps the feature that least impressed experts was the camera. It actually has two cameras on the rear: a 2MP shooter to capture exposure and depth and a 13MP one to actually take the pictures. When combined together reviewers were able to churn out some decently exposed shots that were good enough for Facebook and Instagram. When they looked closer they noticed some distortion. This became even more evident when they took low light images and they describe the overall low-light quality as "muddy" and "drab".

But it isn't the camera or specs that are the selling point of the Axon Pro. It's the audio. Together with JBL and Dolby, ZTE brought HiFi audio to the device. Unfortunately, it only works through the headphone jack, but even the audio quality from the front speaker managed to impress reviewers with its clear notes and full bass.

Despite the excellent offerings of the Axon Pro, reviewers ultimately had a hard time recommending it. Toms Guide states, "Those who want an awesome multimedia experience will really like the Axon Pro's unbeatable display-and-audio combo, but there are better options for your money." CNET adds, "…the ZTE Axon Pro is an excellent device…unfortunately, ZTE isn't alone in offering consumers a premium unlocked device for competitive prices."

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)

Mobile Syrup

A race to the middle

from Mobile Syrup
The Axon Pro is not the best smartphone on the market, but at $650 it is a competent device for the price. More importantly, it shows that ZTE and its ilk can create a device that competes with the names of Samsung and LG, making it increasingly difficult for them to differentiate. The Axon Pro may not have the best camera, and the lack of a fingerprint sensor and the latest version of Android is frustrating, but it works... Full review
The Verge

Middle of the road, middle of the pack

from The Verge

I just can’t tell who it’s for. It’s loaded with high-end specs that would appeal to enthusiasts, but it’s not as aggressively priced nor as nicely designed as the OnePlus 2, which has similar hardware. It doesn’t have the cool customizability or great software features of the Moto X Style, which also undercuts it in price. And it can’t compete with the cameras and design of the Galaxy S6 or LG G4. It sits in this weird middle area in terms of price and functionality without really standing out in any way. A year or two ago, ZTE could have played this gam... Full review

Phone Scoop

A fine phone, but it's not the best phone for the money

from Phone Scoop

ZTE hopes consumers would rather spend $449 on the Axon Pro than $649 (or higher) for handsets like the One M9, G4, or Galaxy S6. In this case, the price point accurately reflects the value you're getting. The Axon Pro is a good high-end smartphone, but it only offers about three-quarters of the performance you can get from today's better-known flagship phones.

Certainly some people will find the Axon Pro's design appealing, but I think it could be cleaner and better assembled. The screen is excellent, battery life is quite good (and beats some of today's most expensive phones,) cal... Full review

PC Magazine

A commanding multimedia smartphone at a more-affordable-than-usual price

from PC Magazine
The Axon Pro gets four stars. It's a quality smartphone. But we're withholding the Editors' Choice here until we've seen how these three phones—and anything else similar that's coming out very soon—compare with each other in the real world... Full review

Aggressively priced for a high-end, flagship phone

from PhoneArena

So, is it worth it to pick up the ZTE Axon Pro over some of the aforementioned devices? Naturally, that’s tough because there are still opportunities to advance its performance in the areas of its camera and battery life. If you’re looking for the savings in a high-end, flagship phone, you’ll certainly get it here with the Axon Pro – whereas devices like the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 will still cost you at least $650. This is just the beginning, as the Axon Pro is meant to be the bridge device in getting ZTE’s name into the minds of consumers. So far, it strikes a... Full review


A powerhouse that punches above its weight

from Engadget

I've got to hand it to ZTE: The Axon is the sort of powerful, budget-friendly phone I never thought the company would, or could, make. It's got gobs of power. It's mostly well-built. The camera isn't half-bad. And that tantalizing $450 price tag currently represents the floor -- the least amount of money you could spend on a phone as well-specced as this. So why won't I buy one? First, the software isn't as polished as it should be. Secondly, I need memory. I need room for files and photos and tracks and videos, and the widespread availability of cloud storage just doesn't cut it for me. Th... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date July 30, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, North America
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/2300 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.14 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 447 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 399 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
720 minutes (2G)
1283 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Chromium Silver, Ion Gold, Phthalo Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.4 x 0.9 cm
(6.1 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 173 grams
(6.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi Yes
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens Yes
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (2 MP 2nd camera)
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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