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ZTE Axon 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 6.21-inch ZTE Axon 9 Pro (with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845) that was released on August 30, 2018, against the Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos, which is powered by Exynos 7 Octa 7420 and came out 42 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the ZTE Axon 9 Pro
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • 3.8x better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (332K versus 87K)
  • Comes with 1450 mAh larger battery capacity: 4000 vs 2550 mAh
  • Has a 1.11 inches larger screen size
  • Modern USB Type-C port
  • Delivers 49% higher maximum brightness (512 against 344 nits)
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5)
  • Thinner bezels – 12.15% more screen real estate
  • Expandable storage via MicroSD card up to 1000GB
  • Slow-motion recording at 480FPS
  • Has 2x more RAM: 6GB versus 3GB
  • Uses a faster type of memory: LPDDR4X 1866 MHz
Reasons to consider the Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos
  • 43% higher pixel density (576 vs 402 PPI)
  • Includes a 3.5 mm headphone audio jack port
  • Has a built-in infrared port

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type AMOLED Super AMOLED
Size 6.21 inches 5.1 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2248 pixels 1440 x 2560 pixels
Aspect ratio 18.7:9 16:9
PPI 402 ppi 576 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
HDR support Yes, HDR10 No
Screen protection Tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Screen-to-body ratio 83.3% 71.15%
Display features - Always-On Display -
Display tests
PWM 240 Hz Not detected
Response time 5 ms -
Contrast ∞ Infinity ∞ Infinity
Max. Brightness
Axon 9 Pro +49%
512 nits
344 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [1], [2]

Design and build

Height 158.5 mm (6.24 inches) 143.4 mm (5.65 inches)
Width 74.5 mm (2.93 inches) 70.5 mm (2.78 inches)
Thickness 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 6.8 mm (0.27 inches)
Weight - 138 gramm (4.87 oz)
Waterproof IP68 No
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Blue White, Black, Gold, Blue
Fingerprint scanner Yes, rear Yes, in home button
Screen-to-body ratio
Axon 9 Pro +17%
83.3%

Performance

Tests of ZTE Axon 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Max. clock 2800 MHz 2100 MHz
CPU cores 8 (4 + 4) 8 (4 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.5 GHz: Kryo 385 Silver (Cortex-A55)
- 4 cores at 2.8 GHz: Kryo 385 Gold (Cortex-A75)
- 4 cores at 1.5 GHz: Cortex-A53
- 4 cores at 2.1 GHz: Cortex-A57
L3 cache 2 MB -
Lithography process 10 nanometers 14 nanometers
Graphics Adreno 630 Mali-T760 MP8
GPU clock 710 MHz 772 MHz
FLOPS ~727 GFLOPS ~302 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 6 GB 3 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory clock 1866 MHz 1552 MHz
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 128 GB 32, 64, 128 GB
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 2.0
Memory card MicroSD No
Memory card max. size Up to 1000 GB -

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 7
Axon 9 Pro +134%
262626
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
Axon 9 Pro +281%
332334

Software

Operating system Android 8.1 (Can be upgraded to Android 9) Android 5.0.2 (Can be upgraded to Android 8.0)
ROM Android One TouchWiz UI
OS size 18 GB 7 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 4000 mAh 2550 mAh
Charge power 18 W 15 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi Yes, Qi/PMA
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes, Quick Charge 4+ (50% in 25 min) Yes, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge (40% in 15 min)
Full charging time 1:20 hr 1:20 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Image resolution 4000 x 3000 5312 x 2988
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash LED LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 240FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 480 FPS (720p) 120 FPS (720p)
Angle of widest lens 130° -
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 20 MP) 1 (16 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Sony IMX363 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 16 MP
- Aperture: f/1.9
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.12 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.6", Sony IMX240 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens - 20 MP
- Focal length: 10 mm
-
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
-
Selfie camera
Megapixels 20 megapixels 5 megapixels
Image resolution 5120 x 3840 2560 x 1920
Aperture f/2 f/1.9
Focal length - 22 mm
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) при 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) при 30 FPS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 4.1
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP
USB type USB Type-C Micro USB
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No Yes
Network
Number of SIM* 2 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot Yes No
LTE Cat* 15 6
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Mono
Headphone audio jack No Yes
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Speakers test
Max. loudness

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced August 2018 March 2015
Release date October 2018 April 2015
Launch price ~ 587 USD ~ 675 USD
SAR (head) - 0.382 W/kg
SAR (body) - 0.499 W/kg
Sensors - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the ZTE Axon 9 Pro is definitely a better buy.

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