This ZTE phone has a video feature which the iPhone 14 almost definitely won’t

The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra has arrived, and this new high-end Android phone from Chinese tech company ZTE looks more than just the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

With an under-display selfie camera, a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a large and beautiful display with curved edges, and plenty of RAM and storage space options, this is definitely a high-end device. At the moment it is only on sale in China, but ZTE has confirmed that it will be rolled out to the rest of the world in June 2022.

But there’s one feature that’s somehow even more surprising and impressive than the under-display camera, and that’s in the video recording department.

You see, the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra has three rear cameras, each using a 64MP sensor with a wide, ultra-wide and periscope lens respectively. And apparently all of them support 8K video recording.

Usually when we see a smartphone supporting video recording at this high resolution it’s just on the main wide camera – so if you want to shoot in a wider field of view or zoom in you don’t have no chance.

That’s not the case here – you can use the periscope camera’s 5x optical zoom and shoot if you want, which should be great for versatile video recording.


Analysis: bye bye iPhone

iPhones have a reputation for being great for video recording and filmmaking, and you can argue until the cows come home about whether that’s deserved or completely wrong.

But at the moment iPhones only record up to 4K – the iPhone 13 Pro has three rear cameras that all record at that resolution, although non-Pro iPhones have even fewer snappers.

Rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 will be the first member of the family to support 8K video recording, which matches reports that the phones will get a 48MP main camera (which would be needed for recording 8K).

It’s worth pointing out that later leaks indicate this is for the iPhone 14 Pro only, not the standard.

So it’s possible that the iPhone 14 Pro could record in 8K with at least one of its rear cameras, but the others will almost definitely stick to 4K. This means that if you like high resolution images, the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra will be better for video.

Not everyone needs 8K video, of course, but it can be useful because recording lets you crop or crop the footage as you edit it – it’s best to record 8K and crop at 2K resolution, than shooting at 1080p and finding you can’t resize the footage.

Sure, the iPhone 14 might have some video features that make it more useful for video recording – but the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra might too, and we’ll have to test it for that feature when we get our hands on it.

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