The ZTE Axon Elite is the current flagship of the smartphone manufacturer ZTE . It runs on Android 5.0 and works with a MSM8994 Octa Core processor. That something eye-catching design with many triangular patterns framing a 5.5 "display. For mobile Internet supports axon LTE .The dual-SIM mobile phone sets particularly on biometric security features: Fingerprint, iris scanners and voice recognition. How well this works and how well the XL-phone total strikes, appeared in the test.
ZTE Axon Elite Test / Description
  • Android 5.0
  • 5.5 inch inch display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor (2.0 / 1.5 GHz)


The IPS LCD display has a screen diagonal of 5.5 inches (about 13.97 cm). The Full HD image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels thus means a pixel density of 401 ppi. Locker enough to avoid even upon close inspection pixel steps. However, this is at most good smartphones in the test already standard.
Outstanding is the brightness of the display. It is 544 cd / m² well above average and is compared to other current smartphones one of the highest. The illumination achieved very good 91%. Although the viewing angle stability is good overall, the ZTE Axon elite loses tested at shallow supervision markedly brightness.
The Black could, in view of the best values in current smartphones, to be quite rich. Apart from the image display is bright and contrast. In order for the longest possible remains, the display with scratch-resistant Gorilla glass is protected.

operating system

As an operating system, ZTE has the Android version 5.0, also known as Lollipop, installed. Meanwhile, there is an update to Lollipop 5.1. If and when this update is loaded onto the device, is currently unknown. Overall disappointed the basic software so. For now should be just to expect on Topmodellen Android 6.0. As usual installed ZTE own user interface above the actual operating system. This is always a matter of taste, however, it could interfere with that there is no so-called App Drawer. This is so to speak the app directory where you can store all applications also rarely used simply and conveniently. Normal folder, not to have all the icons individually on the home screen, but you can set up.

Biometric security

A solid blocking to prevent unauthorized persons from getting access to phone and SIM card. The axon Elite goes much further than most top smartphones on this point today. PIN code, pattern, password and related queries can be used in Android anyway Set default - in the "Settings"> "Security". And a fingerprint reader is in many good phones also long been part of the equipment.Advantage: No need for a password or enter like more and can unlock the device partly in a flash - the record currently stands at about 0.2 seconds.
Prerequisite is that a biometric system the comfort and safety while increasing, is a smooth function. When the axon fingerprint Elite can actually excel in the test: The detection was very reliable and almost imperceptibly fast. hand Not entirely convincing was the recognition of the iris (the retina) and vocal patterns. Here it came again and again to problems as eligible votes or retinas were not recognized. Who attaches great importance to these functions, so you could be disappointed.


The axon Elite takes photos with good 13 megapixels on the back, but weak 2 megapixels for selfies on. The setting times varied, in some tests, they were very fast, others comparatively slowly. The picture quality is overall rather average. The photos are as sharp as ever, but also have plenty of details only at very gutuen light on. Especially the front camera, but also the back lens, drawing colors on relatively pale. When flash is on the back of a dual-LED light available. Very good contrast is the 4K video function of the main camera. Unless one films not recording in order to post on social networks or play back on the phone. Because then need the videos only extremely much space, without being able to demonstrate their brilliance. Who at home has a 4K TV or monitor, can take advantage of it. Various settings can be made directly on the camera software.

Mobile Internet

Embarrassing blunders: The ZTE Axon elite while supporting LTE in all three German bands (800, 1800 and 2600 MHz). But with 3G, it ruled according to its own description, only two of four frequencies: 900 and 2100MHz. As long LTE is not available everywhere in Germany - and also not allowed any phone contract 4G - one is traveling every now rely on 3G for fast internet. If the other two bands are available on site then calculated, "surfing" you with tough 2G through WWW.
Whether this limitation actually exists or only a printing error, we could not find out the test itself. Make the most of the equipment details for merchant whether there all four frequencies are given.After all: in 3G are with HSPA + up to 42.2 Mbit / s downstream possible if the appropriate radio band is present. With 4G up to 300 Mbit / s are technically possible, but this can hardly unterstützt.Zudem a mobile service provider at reasonable prices to use VoLTE, ie conversations via the Internet. Who in Handytarif has much data volume, but a few minutes of free talktime, can save as additional per-minute rates.

SIM slots

The SIM cards are common in a combination slot. As usual with most dual SIM models, certain functions can be assigned as the default one of the two SIM cards. So can about for outgoing calls a (eg professional) SIM default, outgoing SMS, the other, such as home telephone number.
No surprises there in terms of SIM format and accessibility. Like almost all current better Phones two Nano-SIMs are also required for the axon Elite. Were they placed in the slot centered on the left side, both phones are available in parallel. No matter which one is called, you can answer the call directly. If one wants to call itself, which can be performed directly on the respective desired SIM or phone number. After entering the number in the phone app - or from the contact list out - just type in the desired icon for SIM1 or SIM2. In addition, a call number for outgoing calls can be preset.
What is not possible: During a call on a "line" on the phone simultaneously also about the other SIM. Because like all last we studied cell phones also sets the ZTE Axon Elite on the so-called dual-SIM standby principle. This means: There is only one transmitter module, which must be shared between both SIM slots. Is it occupied by one of the two, the other card is logged off from their power - to the other number finished talking. But a, depending on the tariff paid, "divert if not reachable" can the incoming redirect to another number and toggling between two calls there.
Although we hardly mention it in our reviews otherwise, we have actually come to speak on the phone function during axon Elite. The is usually taken for granted, so we focus on mobile Internet, multimedia and other. But in this phone was made on several tests flashy pops or noise.Incidentally, even with voice memos and video - apparently does the micro-not quite correctly, at least in some devices.


ZTE Axon Elite Comparison Performance

With the predecessors of the current flagships the ZTE Axon Elite can keep up compared. This makes it a good alternative when the new phone will be significantly cheaper than the current top handsets.

  • The built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 / MSM8994 Octa Core processor has 8 cores. He works in big.Little principle, ie with four powerful and four low-power cores - with lower capacity to work only this and extend the maturity characterized. The cores achieve a clock frequency of 2.0 GHz and 1.5 GHz respectively.
  • There are good 3GB available, also internal 32GB of storage for apps, photos, etc. Through a micro SD slot can be externally again 128GB supplement.Since the axon elite still works with Android 5, can these additional memory not as the internal manage, but classically mainly to video, larger files and outsource more.
  • System performance is clearly the upper class, but not to the top class. In direct comparison test it ranks at about the same level as the predecessors of the current Top flagships like LG G4 dual SIM (test) and Samsung Galaxy S6 dual SIM (Test) . The performance is fair for the price geforderdeten.

battery pack

Energy storage is a Li-Ion battery has been installed. The battery capacity of 3000 mAh makes something suspicious in view of the large display and the already mentioned very good illumination. One would rather expect the 3600 mAh to come to an abundant life. And actually weakens the energy storage in the test. Excluding the axon in the standby state, to get almost 10 hours away, in operation are 3 to 4 hours realistically, at full capacity, there were other test magazines even under 3 hours. The manufacturer calls 20h in normal conversation operation as realistic.Depending on own distinct requirements and use one can perhaps imagine using these brands, as long as the ZTE model in everyday life actually has power.
  • Very well-lit display
  • 4K video recording
  • Iris, fingerprint and voice recognition
  • Good price / performance ratio
  • Relatively short battery life
  • Still equipped with Android 5
  • Iris and voice scanner is not fully developed


The biometric security options are a real highlight - partly but not fully developed yet. True strength proves the screen, with wonderfully illuminated image display over the entire 5.5-inch screen size away. The computing power can keep up with the latest generation of the most important flagship phones, but does not stop with the latest generation such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 (test) with. The axon Elite without contract is then also about the same price range as Galaxy S6 or Apple iPhone SE. Weaknesses shows the device in the no longer quite current Android version as well as in the short battery life, if you retrieve a lot of power. For all that, however, must have a good smartphone with XL-screen for the average user, the ZTE Axon Elite could be an alternative to the usual dual SIM devices of reputable manufacturers. After all, it is also directly within Germany available, so that an import is not necessarily required - apart from possible price advantages once.

Technology and mobile Details

property value
Display / Screen size 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display WQHD
resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels, 518 ppi
operating system announced Android 6.0 update to 7.0 ()
main camera 12.0 megapixels
front camera 5 megapixel
SIM 1 Nano SIM
SIM 2 Nano SIM
transmission standards LTE, UMTS, GPRS
Supported frequencies LTE / 4G: 800/1800/2600 MHz UMTS / 3G: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz GSM / 2G: 1900 MHz
processor Octa-Core 2.15 GHz
memory 4 GB of RAM 64 GB of internal memory
sensors Bullets
battery pack 3500 mAh
Dimensions 15.35 x 7.39 x 0.79 cm
weight 169 g

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