ZTE Axon 20 5G first shot: The world’s first under-display digital camera might supply a glimpse into the long run evaluation

ZTE is known for innovations in the smartphone market. With today’s official launch of the ZTE Axon 20 5G, we’re seeing the availability of a phone with the world’s first under-display front camera. There is no notch, punch, rotating or mechanically rising camera here, and you simply get a complete viewing experience.

Next to the camera there is a light, a fingerprint sensor and a sound system for the speaker of the handset under the display. The ZTE Axon 20 5G can be ordered in the EU, UK and Asia at a price of 449 USD / 449 EUR / 419 GBP.

While there are currently no plans to launch the ZTE Axon 20 5G in the US, I had the opportunity to spend about a week with a device to test out the new camera technology and beautiful design.

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  • processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • display: OLED with a resolution of 6.92 inches and a resolution of 2460 x 1080 pixels
  • operating system: Android 10
  • R.A.M.: 6/8 GB options
  • warehouse: 128/256 GB internal options with support for microSD cards
  • Cameras: Rear quad camera system with 64 MP, 8 MP wide angle with 120 degree view, 2 MP depth lens and 2 MP macro lens. 32MP front camera positioned under the display.
  • Wireless technology: 5G, 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac WLAN, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS / GLONASS
  • battery: 4220 mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Plus support
  • Dimensions: 172.1 x 77.9 x 7.98 mm and 198 grams
  • Colours: Black, blue, purple, orange


While the ZTE Axon 20 5G is a very solid and capable mid-range phone with an affordable price tag of $ 449, the focus is on the front camera under the display as a technological demonstration. I spent most of the time with the device checking out this camera system and the cool technology that the camera uses to work through multiple layers of glass. I expected that the first camera of its kind would result in bad or compromised photos, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

ZTE achieved this feat by developing a system that uses display materials, a dual control chip and integrated circuit, pixel matrix optimization, and a recording algorithm that, based on the knowledge gained and advancing technology, make improvements in future Phones promises. The company worked with its display partner using micron-sized adaptive material and new films to create the display that a camera can work with.

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If you look at the display in bright light, especially if there are lighter colors at the top, you can angle the phone and see a very small square, slightly yellow grid that indicates where the front-facing camera is. However, in typical daily use, it is unlikely that you will ever see where the camera is. ZTE did a great job of hiding the camera under the display and the technology is impressive.

Watching Netflix shows full screen on the ZTE Axon 20 5G is a great experience with flawless playback and no display interruption. The display has a color depth of 10 bits and supports a refresh rate of 90 Hz.

The handset loudspeaker is not visible as the sound system uses the sound generator and the display below the display as the top loudspeaker. A dedicated speaker also raises the bottom, with the phone supporting DTS-X ultra audio.

The power button and volume down button are on the right, and nothing is on the top or left. The USB-C port, SIM / microSD tray, and speaker are at the bottom.

If we turn around our back, we see a beautiful glass design made up of ten layers of glass. 36 processes were carried out to create the unique texture on the back with waves propagating down the back in different lighting conditions. The colors black and orange are the standard, which is available with other variants in other regions of the world.

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In the upper left corner of the back is a quad camera system with a 64 megapixel primary shooter that allows for most of the footage. AI is also included in the camera software, with the software optimized for different subjects. In some situations, e.g. B. in a super night shot, multiple sensors were used to take photos.

While I wasn’t able to test this feature, ZTE innovated the 5G antenna design to ensure that high-speed train passengers can still stay connected to their networks.

Overall, it’s an impressive hardware package, especially for less than $ 500. The front-facing photos weren’t as crystal clear and vivid as other phones I’ve tested, but for people like me who rarely use this shooter, it’s nice not to have it visible and not affect the visibility of the display.


The ZTE Axon 20 5G launched with Android 10 and the Android security patch dated November 1, 2020. MiFavor 10.5 is the UI used by ZTE but it offers a pretty rich Android experience with no bloatware or additional apps. Most of the user interface customization is done in a few settings and additional utilities.

Always active display mode is available. You can switch the refresh rate to 90 Hz or 60 Hz. A Z-POP utility is a quick way to launch your favorite apps (similar to Samsung Edge). Face recognition can be used for less secure access and there are typical Android customization options.

The primary custom software element is the custom camera software. Video mode allows you to record a vlog and then choose from six different templates that add music and transition effects as you record video content. You can also record in full screen movie mode. So tap the arrow next to the word Video in the camera software to try out the various options.

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