ZTE has launched the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition today as its latest smartphone. This is coming as the company celebrates China’s manned spaceflight. For the unaware, China is the only third country to achieve this feat other than Russia and the United States of America.

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition

Talking about the phone, it is almost the same as the standard version. Just like the ZTE Yuanhang 40 Pro Plus Starry Sky Edition, it differs in terms of rear design. Additionally, it houses a secondary chip and comes in only two memory configurations instead of four.

The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition features a ceramic rear panel. This panel is manufactured using an integrated nano-casting molding process.

Two ridgelines pass on either side of the cameras on the handset’s back. They mimic the sharp edges of a space shuttle. ZTE says that the entire design is inspired by light and shadow traveling through time and space.

Further, the device comes with an independent security chip. Not much information is available about it. The chipset is likely similar to Titan M series security chips found inside Google Pixels.

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition 1

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition Specifications

Display: 6.8-inch (2480 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, 1440Hz PWM dimming, up to 1500 nits brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut

Chipset: Octa Core Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 4nm Mobile Platform with Adreno next-gen GPU

RAM/Storage: 12GB LPDDR5 RAM with 512GB (UFS 3.1) internal memory / 18GB LPDDR5 RAM with 1TB (UFS 3.1) internal memory

OS: Android 12 with MyOS 12


Main Camera:

  • 64MP rear camera with IMX787 sensor, f/1.6 aperture, OIS
  • 64MP ultra-wide lens with IMX787 sensor
  • 64MP Periscope telephoto camera with OV64B sensor, 5.7x optical zoom,
  • TOF sensor, LED flash, 8K recording with all cameras

Selfie Camera: 16MP Under-screen camera

Fingerprint sensor: Yes, In-display

USB: Type-C audio, Stereo speakers

Dimensions: 163.28×73.56×8.41mm

Weight: 204g

Network/Connectivity: 5G NSA /SA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E 802.11 ax (2.4GHz + 5GHz + 6GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS (L1/L5)+ GLONASS, USB Type-C, NFC

Battery: 5000mAh (typical) with 80W fast charging

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition unboxing

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition Price and Availability

ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Aerospace Edition arrives in two memory variants, such as 12GB + 512GB and 18GB + 1TB. They are priced at ¥5,898 ($824) and ¥7,698 ($1,075), respectively.

The regular version of the smartphone can also be availed with 1TB storage. However, that model is limited to 16GB RAM.

The special edition ZTE premium smartphone is now up for pre-order in China. It will go on sale from December 6.


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