A year after we saw brands work on their own take at finally ditching punch holes and pop-up modules, we finally have the first production phone to utilize an under-display camera. No, it’s not from OPPO, vivo, or Xiaomi—it is from ZTE, with the upper-mid-range Axon 20 5G.
To solve all the hurdles involving placing the camera underneath the display, ZTE’s solution involves using special film coating on the screen layers, adding a light perception sensor to work alongside the 32-megapixel selfie snapper, rearranging the pixels around the camera’s lens, and tweaking the post-processing algorithm for better image clarity. All of these innovations helped ZTE achieve quality selfies even with the camera being underneath the display.
Aside from the innovative under-display camera, the Axon 20 5G’s 6.92-inch display is top-notch, being an OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution, 90hz refresh rate, and 10-bit color. Being an OLED panel, you also get an in-display fingerprint scanner, so this is the perfect notch-free display design to date.
As a premium mid-range smartphone, the Axon 20 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 765G processor that is paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage. You get a 4220mAh battery that has support for 30w wired charging to keep the lights on.
The Axon 20 5G’s quad-rear camera setup is something you’d expect on a mid-range phone: 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and 2-megapixel macro camera.
The Axon 20 5G is priced at CNY 2198(~Php 15.7k) for the 6GB/128GB model, CNY 2498(~Php 17.8k) for the 8GB/128GB model, and CNY 2798(~Php 20k) for the 8GB/256GB model. All three variants will be available in China on September 10.