Sometime last year, Oppo presented a prototype for an exciting new form-factor – a smartphone with an under-display camera, however, this new device is only a prototype and has not been released as a commercial product since then. ZTE have however beat Oppo in the race to produce the first under-display camera smartphone, ZTE Axon 20 5G. What makes this phone stand out is that its display is not affected by any notch, cut-out or hole punch for the selfie camera, neither does it use a motorizing camera. The fingerprint reader, the front-facing speakers and the selfie camera all lie below the screen. I see this as a great feat because for some time now have tried t extended phone screens to the very end of the device but the selfie camera has always been an obstacle. Although they resulted to hole punch, notches or motorizing cameras, it hasn’t completely solved the problem. In my opinion, this under-display camera is just the right solution to the problem. However, this is the first of its kind and it will definitely need some improvements as time goes on.
The Axon 20 5G has a 760 Snapdragon chipset, it has a 6GB RAM and an 8GB RAM variant and runs Android 10. It has a 4220 mAh, non-removable battery and supports up to 30W fast charging. It has a 6.92 inch OLED Display with a refresh rate of 90HZ. Overall it is a pretty good upper mid-range phone. For $450 is definitely not a bad deal.
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How this works is that ZTE has used a lower resolution screen for the portion of the screen that covers the selfie camera. Therefore, this leaves some gaps between the individual pixels, plus, since it’s an OLED display, to show the black colours the pixels are turned off completely. Thus light is able to go through the gaps between the pixels and through the pixels themselves to et to the camera.
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The front camera is a 32 Megapixel Camera, it, however, produces some kind of oily photos as if you were shooting in beauty mode, probably because of the screen it’s shooting through. In other for the camera to work, the pixels covering the camera area must be turned off. Thus, it shows a back part on top of the screen whenever you’re using the camera. For a first-generation product, this is totally not bad, I’m curious to see how this will develop in the next two or three years.
Generally, I’ll say I love this. One, because I prefer a smartphone without a notch to one with a notch cause it looks better and less distracting. Two, because this is a little bit futuristic and I believe this is a need idea that will become more popular and more efficient.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.