We are all well aware that Xiaomi and Oppo are in the race to take under-display camera technology to the market. But what we didn’t know is, ZTE Corporation is also working on its version. Not only is ZTE is working on this innovation we crave so much, it actually puts on the market first.

ZTE Axon 20 5G Android Smartphone

Folks, meet the ZTE Axon 20 5G, the world’s first under-display camera smartphone. That’s right. A notch-less, hole-punch-less, and pop-up camera-free, full screen experience is a reality NOW.

This groundbreaking development is accompanied by multiple under-display technologies, including under-display sound and under-display light sensor. And then there’s, of course, under-display fingerprint sensing technology.

ZTE Axon 20 5G Android Smartphone

ZTE said that to achieve this under-display imaging, it has utilized high-transparency micron-level material, along with independent driver chip, integrated circuit, special pixel matrix and triple selfie algorithm. TBH, none of those make any sense to me. All I know is, it apparent work well enough to be put on the market.

Anyhoo, buried this brilliant display technology is a 32 MP selfie camera. While it may have the latest cutting edge tech, the ZTE Axon 20 5G is no flagship. It is mid-ranger flaunting Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Mobile Platform, featuring Adreno 620 GPU, AIE, and F2FS File System, and 6 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM.

ZTE Axon 20 5G Android Smartphone

It has a pretty capable cooling solution too, involving Liquid Cooling Circulation, Carbon Nanofiber Thermal Pad and Graphite Material.

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Back to the display… if you think that sacrifices were made for the under-display camera technology, then you are wrong. That true full screen display is a 6.92-inch FHD+ (2,460 x 1,080 pixels) OLED with 90 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate.

ZTE Axon 20 5G Android Smartphone

Other highlights include an AI quad camera setup (64 MP main + 8 MP wide-angle + 2 MP depth + 2 MP macro), 4K 60fps videoing, DTX:X Ultra, Hi-Fi sound, USB Type-C 3.1, Bluetooth 5.1, Wireless ac, and a 4,220 mAh battery with fast 30 W wired charging and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.

It does not appear to have wireless charging, but in return, you will get a rather thin-by-today-standards profile of just 7.98 mm and weighs in at 198g. I dig that. But as much as I dig that, the device is a China-only handset for now. It will go on sale in China on September 29 via JD.com for 2,198 yuan (roughly US$322).

Images: ZTE [CH].

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