ZTE Axon 10 Pro comes to the US with a OnePlus 7 Pro-killing price


Before Huawei's relationship with Google and key US parts suppliers was jeopardized by Trump in an attempt to negotiate a better trade deal with China, ZTE almost went out of business due to a similar ban that was actually enforced for several months last year. Since then, the company has been struggling to recover from a financial standpoint, the latest move in that direction being today's US release of a new flagship smartphone.

This is technically not the first ZTE-made device to see daylight stateside after the aforementioned import ban and subsequent deal with the Department of Commerce, but you'd definitely be excused for ignoring the low-end Blade Max 2s, Blade Max View, and Visible R2. Unveiled in China a few months ago, the Axon 10 Pro follows in the footsteps of an Axon 9 Pro that never made it to the US, an Axon 8 that was skipped for some reason, and an Axon 7 that actually made waves (both stateside and "internationally") way back in 2016.

Don't worry, the ZTE Axon 10 Pro is all caught up to the latest industry trends, sporting a large and curvy 6.47-inch AMOLED screen with a tiny notch and razor-thin chin while packing a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 855 processor. Said SoC is paired with your choice of 8 or 12 gigs of memory, as well as a whopping 256 gigs of internal storage space. Despite all that local digital hoarding room, the powerhouse also comes with a microSD card slot for up to 2TB expansion, unlike you know what overpriced new flagship.


Speaking of, speed-addicted bargain hunters will be ecstatic to find out this bad boy starts at $549 in a GSM unlocked variant available through ZTE's official US e-store, as well as major third-party retailers like Newegg and B&H Photo Video. The 12GB RAM configuration costs just 50 extra bucks, going straight for the jugular of a similarly-specced OnePlus 7 Pro model fetching a significantly higher $749.

Granted, the Axon 10 Pro doesn't feature one of those fancy pop-up selfie cameras, but its "conventional" 20MP front-facing shooter and 48 + 20 + 8MP triple rear imaging system look pretty darn hot on paper. The same goes for a 4,000mAh battery that should help the phone keep going beyond the requirements of your typical day's work while maintaining a relatively slim 7.9mm profile.

Pre-loaded with Android 9.0 Pie on the software side of things, the ZTE Axon 10 Pro will be updated to the "next major" OS build "before the end of the calendar year", while also featuring all kinds of other premium stuff, like in-display fingerprint recognition, DTS:X Ultra 3D sound enhancements, and a combination of "high strength" aluminum alloy and 3D curved glass materials. 

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Axon 10 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h talk time)

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31 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Needs a global release. Nice job ZTE!

2. mdorno

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

I would have grabbed this instead of the S10 plus if they'd have released it a bit earlier in the US.

10. RevolutionA

Posts: 429; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Better but an iPhone XR instead of those

3. threeline

Posts: 320; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

I have the Axon 7 and likes it! They should drop their already light overlay all together and provide faster updates.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Missing 66and 71 for T-Mobile.

9. Deadeye37

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

So no new lowband goodness for T-mobile users.:(

20. djcody

Posts: 231; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I checked they website and it's showing full tmobile support on lte 2,4,12,66,71 will work on it no problem

23. OneLove123

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I checked b&h phto and it doesn't have those two bands.

24. Alcyone

Posts: 542; Member since: May 10, 2018

Specs from zte directlyhttps://www.zteusa.com/axon10pro I may have been looking at the wrong model. Do see 66 for sure.

22. Alcyone

Posts: 542; Member since: May 10, 2018

Only the Pro has 66 and 71 support.

26. DrakenFX

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

A10Pro is NOT missing any of those 2 bands. community.zteusa.com/discussion/54785/axon-10-pro-​​​4g-lte-specifications

28. markgmobile

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 2019

According to zteusa website, 66,71 are included in both us versions. 13 for VZW as well so an active VZW sim on VZW or mvno may actually work

29. lolrko

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

It's not missing. check ZTEUSA.com Network FDD:1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/30/66​/71; TDD:B34/38/39/40/41(2535-2655MHz); UMTS:B1/2/4/5/8; GSM:B2/3/5/8

30. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

No, the US version includes both.

31. liteon163

Posts: 72; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Not according to the official ZTE USA site: https://www.zteusa.com/axon10pro#specification

5. antroid

Posts: 393; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

An awesome deal

6. AbhiD

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Nice phone for the price but OP7 Pro killer? Really PA? No QHD+, no 90 Hz, still comes with a notch, slower in display fingerprint scanner, no UFS 3.0 storage, slower charging and dubious software support. So these phones aren't really competing with each other. They have their own space

15. matistight

Posts: 1014; Member since: May 13, 2009

It is crazy how much of a difference UFS 3.0 makes along with 90hz

21. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I agree. Hardly a OP7 killer..

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1241; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Nice one ZTE! More choices in the US market is a good thing.

8. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"the powerhouse also comes with a microSD card slot for up to 2TB expansion, unlike you know what overpriced new flagship." I won't defend Samsung for taking the memory expansion option off the Note 10, but I just hope you stay consistent with your criticism to when it comes to Apple. But going by your his history of being biased towards them, I bet my life that you will never call their phones overpriced nor you will mock them for not having memory expansion. Let's not forget, base storage of 256GB beats 64GB.

14. tonyv13

Posts: 123; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Exactly not defending Samsung beucase my pixel 2 xl doesn't have a micro SD slot either, but this writer makes it sound like the iPhone is not overpriced and like if it has a micro SD. I call it BS from this writer.

17. OneLove123

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yep, and the iphone starts at 64GB, come on now!

12. jjface

Posts: 256; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

All these phones sound the same.

13. ankit1432

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 28, 2019

Zte has not been banned in the US?. ZTE smartphones are quite promising and nice looking.

16. CEDEOTB

Posts: 454; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

1080p 60hz screen, notch, chin, and an ugly software skin. Yea you're competing alright. With the 6T/7

18. OneLove123

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Why are you talking about the overpriced xs max in this article?

19. 7thlvl

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 09, 2018

Tear drop hole. No thanks. That's why I own a OnePlus 7 Pro. That and the high refresh.

27. inFla

Posts: 173; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Too bad its too big for a pocket phone.

32. H4X0R46

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2015

This is basically a OnePlus 7 Pro with a FHD display instead of QHD. What was the price difference again? Was the price even mentioned in this article despite being a huge bolded part of the title?

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