Here’s a look at the first phone with an under-display selfie camera (Update)
Update: August 24, 2020 (3:18 AM ET): ZTEâ€˜s President of Mobile Devices, Ni Fei, has now showcased a range of colorways for the upcoming ZTE Axon 20 5G.
The poster, published to Weibo, highlights the black colorway weâ€™ve seen in a previous leak. Joining it though are decidedly daring shades, including purple, lilac, and pearl.
Notably, the pearl colorway makes it much easier to gaze into the Axon 20 5Gâ€™s four rear cameras. Thereâ€™s still little information about the other three sensors, but the array should be led by a 64MP snapper judging by the inscription on the camera bump. Itâ€™s possible the setup will mirror the Axon 11 5Gâ€™s, which included a depth, ultrawide, and macro snapper.
The poster also showcases the front of the phone, and again, thereâ€™s nothing but screen here. Arguably, that under-screen selfie camera is going to make this deviceâ€™s front a bit visually boring.
The Axon 20 5G is expected to debut on September 1, so this probably wonâ€™t be the last teaser we see from ZTE before its launch.
Original article: August 17, 2020 (5:44 AM 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 â€œworldâ€™s first under-display camera smartphoneâ€� 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. Itâ€™s a technology that could spell the death of the notch, punch-hole, and pop-up selfie camera, too.
This technology isnâ€™t without its challenges, though. Redmiâ€™s general manager Lu Weibing in January remarked that under-screen selfie cameras were â€œimpossibleâ€� at the time due to the high-density OLED panels used on modern smartphones. These tightly-packed pixels meant the camera lying beneath them couldnâ€™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. Itâ€™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 5Gâ€™s actual specifications. Earlier this month, the deviceâ€™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 5Gâ€™s specifications, pricing, and availability details on September 1.