6" AMOLED, stereo speakers, Snapdragon 845, 4000mAh battery... If that was what I was looking for, I think I'd rather go with the ASUS ROG Phone. Lots more innovation on that one, plus while we don't have speaker comparisons yet, the ASUS phone has dual front-facing speakers like the old Axon 7.
There's nothing that makes Axon 9 stand out from the crowd, starting with the bulk line desing .
I would say that even PocoPhone F1 is more interesting.
I don't understand why they didn't go with the axon or axon 7 design, it was quite refreshing. Instead they jumped on the notch wagon. It's all generic now.
I love that it has water-proofing (or water-resistance to be precise) & a proper dual-camera setup. Unfortunately the price is not competitive. ZTE is probably trying to make up for their huge losses due to being banned in the US till recently.