If the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is in your wish-list however past your finances, you would possibly just like the look of the ZTE Axon 40 Extremely, a brand new Android phone from Chinese language tech firm ZTE that is a dead-ringer for Samsung’s flagship.
Whereas the S22 Extremely begins at $1,199.99 / £1,149 / AU$1,849 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, the Axon 40 Extremely gives the identical specs for simply $799 / £709 (roughly AU$1,200).
The telephones aren’t massively totally different in most different respects both. Design-wise, each the Samsung and ZTE telephones have ‘waterfall’ shows that curve on the edges, the identical display screen dimension and refresh price, and the identical Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and 5,000mAh-capacity battery.
The ZTE Axon 40 Extremely even has just a few options the Galaxy does not: it has an under-display selfie digital camera, so you are not shedding any display screen, and it costs quick at 65W.
Admittedly, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely is the higher cellphone total – it comes with a stylus and has a lot better cameras. However we have examined each smartphones extensively, and the ZTE definitely is not inferior to the tune of $400 / £400.
Evaluation: ZTE is a real ‘greatest cellphone’ contender
We have not fairly completed our in-depth ZTE Axon 40 Extremely evaluation, however primarily based on what we have seen up to now there is a good likelihood that it might find yourself on our listing of the best smartphones.
It feels loads just like the Galaxy S22 Extremely, which at the moment tops that listing, each by way of its hand-feel and its efficiency – and people are the 2 key attributes of a cellphone that we pay probably the most consideration.
Its sooner charging, and the shortage of a ‘punch-hole’ cut-out within the display screen, additionally contribute to a stable all-round person expertise.
What lets the cellphone down is its digital camera setup – it isn’t unhealthy, however it’s not adequate to compete with the Samsung, or with newer iPhones. The AI scene optimization is not nice, and autofocus is sluggish too. The front-facing digital camera is particularly disappointing, probably due to its under-display placement, and snaps appear extremely delicate with an odd aura impact round topics.
We did discover ourselves lacking the Samsung’s S Pen too – the shortage of a stylus is not usually a problem on smartphones, however with our hand telling our mind ‘this can be a Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely’ we did discover ourselves reaching for the stylus on just a few events, and being disenchanted to not have it.
One other unfavorable is the battery life, because the cellphone did not all the time final by way of a day of use with no need to be recharged.
However with this Galaxy S22 Extremely doppelganger costing across the identical because the Samsung Galaxy S22, Xiaomi 12 or iPhone 13, it is simple sufficient to look previous just a few tough spots. Look out for our full evaluation very quickly.