- ZTE will soon announce its first mass-produced phone with an under-display selfie camera.
- Dubbed the ZTE Axon 20 5G, the phone is set to be the world’s first device sporting this technology.
- The company has also released a render of the phone showing its full-screen design.
Update: August 18, 2020 (5:30AM ET): ZTE’s President of Mobile Devices, Nei Fei, has posted a render of the upcoming Axon 20 5G phone touting an under-display selfie camera setup.
The single image shows the phone’s full-screen design without a notch or punch hole. In fact, the wallpaper pokes fun at different types of display cutouts as well as pop-up cameras. The phone is likely using an in-display fingerprint sensor because we can’t see a physical one upfront. Then again, it could be on the back or on the side, integrated with the power button, but we highly doubt that.
We would have loved to see a GIF perhaps, showing the in-display selfie camera reveal itself, but we guess ZTE is saving the best for last. Check out the ZTE Axon 20 5G render below.
ZTE is set to launch the Axon 20 5G on September 1, so all will be revealed then. Nevertheless, here’s hoping the selfie image quality is good enough for everyday use.
Original article: August 17, 2020 (5:44AM ET): In the race to launch the first smartphone with an under-display selfie camera, ZTE is already celebrating victory. The company on Sunday (August 16) announced that it will debut the “world’s first under-display camera smartphone” in the form of the ZTE Axon 20 5G on September 1.
Under-display selfie camera tech has been a hotly contested development for smartphone makers in recent months, with the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei all teasing their various takes. It’s a technology that could spell the death of the notch, punch-hole, and pop-up selfie camera, too.
This technology isn’t without its challenges, though. Redmi’s general manager Lu Weibing in January remarked that under-screen selfie cameras were “impossible” at the time due to the high-density OLED panels used on modern smartphones. These tightly-packed pixels meant the camera lying beneath them couldn’t receive the light required to produce decent images. While lower resolution panels could be used instead, this could be seen as regression rather than progress.
Nevertheless, it seems that ZTE has found a way to eliminate these issues, or at least feels confident enough that the current technology is adequate. It’s not clear who will supply ZTE with under-screen selfie cameras, but the first solution was recently put into mass production by Chinese firm Visionox.
Beyond the selfie camera, ZTE remained silent on the Axon 20 5G’s actual specifications. Earlier this month, the device’s specifications were seemingly spilled by TENAA (via GSMArena). The phone could feature a 6.92-inch display, a triple rear camera array headlined by a 64MP snapper, and a 4,120mAh battery. As for that selfie camera, users could see a 32MP sensor hidden beneath the display.
ZTE is set to confirm the Axon 20 5G’s specifications, pricing, and availability details on September 1.
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