ZTE has finally announced the full details of the first phone on the market equipped with a hidden camera behind the screen. The Axon 20 5G is thus the first phone to demonstrate that this technology is possible. However, this is far from a top device, and the solution that the Chinese manufacturer uses does not seem to be “perfect” yet. But we are talking about a device that is trying something new, in a market that has become quite “boring” in the last few years.
ZTE Axon 20 5G is just a mid-range model with Snapdragon 765 and a new generation display
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The new Axon 20 5G from ZTE is an average smartphone. It integrates the Snapdragon 765 chipset from Qualcomm, and comes in three hardware configurations: 6 + 128 GB, 8 + 128 GB and 8 + 256 GB. It benefits from a four-camera system on the back and a 6.92 ”display with FullHD + resolution and 20.5: 9 aspect ratio. The screen is 90 Hz, so not one of the fastest on the market, but offers 10-bit colors and compatibility with the DCI-P3 color gamut.
But this screen is also the reason why this phone stands out, because at the top, it has a transparent part. ZTE says the Axon 20 5G uses a five-layer system to hide the camera and allow light to pass through to reach the camera. Also, in the camera area, small differences in color and pixel intensity can be observed, but at a quick glance, everything seems normal.
Because a front-facing camera hidden behind a screen could provide poorer results in use, ZTE says it has also implemented a software algorithm to improve the photos taken.
The price is incredible for a device that uses such coveted technology
ZTE Axon 20 5G comes with a 64 megapixel main camera, and 8, 2 and 2 megapixel secondary cameras again. The hidden front camera comes with a resolution of 32 megapixels 4,220 mAh battery with fast charging at 30W, has a thickness of 7.98mm. The area around the camera can be seen mainly in light-colored images, but is almost invisible in dark shades.
The price is 2,198 yuan for the basic version, 2,498 yuan for the medium version and 2,798 yuan for the top version. In Europe, these prices for ZTE Axon 20 5G are equivalent to 270, 305 and 340 euros respectively. Of course, Chinese models that arrive in Europe are usually more expensive, so if the Axon 20 5G does reach our market, we expect price increases of at least 20%.