ZTE Axon 30 Ultra vs. Apple iPhone 12


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The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra is an unexpected delight. ZTE’s first smartphone to be released in the United States for several years, it’s an Android phone that offers great performance, a beautiful display, and a long-lasting battery at a reasonable price. While it has 5G support only from T-Mobile (and only one 5G band at that), it’s a great all-around phone, and one that any Android fan should consider if they’re looking to buy something new. Of course, if you’re also open to iPhones, the wonderful iPhone 12 happens to be in its price range, and it offers similarly impressive specs.

To decide which of the two phones is the best, we put the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra and the iPhone 12 in a head-to-head comparison test. We look at their specs, designs, displays, performance, cameras, software, and special features, weighing them to decide which is the better device overall. This should help you decide which of these two phones is the one for you.


iPhone 12 ZTE Axon 30 Ultra
Size 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 inches) 161.5 x 73 x 8mm (6.36 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 164 grams (5.78 ounces) 188 grams (6.63 ounces)
Screen size 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED 6.67-inch AMOLED
Screen resolution 2532 x 1170 pixels (460 pixels per inch) 2400 x 1080 pixels (395 pixels per inch)
Operating system iOS 14 Android 11 (MyOS 11)
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 1TB
MicroSD card slot No No
Tap-to-pay services Apple Pay None
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
RAM 4GB 8GB, 12GB, 16GB
Camera Dual lens 12-megapixel wide and 12MP ultrawide rear, 12MP TrueDepth front Quad lens 64MP standard, 64MP wide, 64MP ultrawide and 8MP periscope telephoto rear, 16MP front
Video 4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps 8K at 30fps, 4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at 30fps
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.2
Ports Lightning connector USB C (3.1)
Fingerprint sensor No, FaceID instead Yes, in-display
Water resistance IP68 No IP rating
Battery 2,815mAh

Fast charging (20W charger sold separately)

Qi wireless charging


Fast charging 65W

App marketplace  Apple App Store Google Play
Network support All major carriers T-Mobile and AT&T
Colors Black, blue, green, white, and…