Friday, September 24

a much more promising second generation


The next smartphone with a camera under the screen seems much more successful than the first generation. Indeed, after a laborious ZTE Axon 20 5G, the boss of the manufacturer’s mobile division publishes a first glimpse with more exciting promises. We should learn more at MWC 2021 in Shanghai.

Le ZTE Axon 20 5G

The ZTE Axon 20 5G was the first to take advantage of an in-screen camera, without much success // Gamesdone: Frandroid

We have already taken in hand the first smartphone with a front camera under the screen, it is the ZTE Axon 20 5G. And while the MWC 2021 in Shanghai is preparing – that of Barcelona being postponed until this summer – his successor is already talking about him.

Indeed, the boss of the mobile division of ZTE, Ni Fei, posted an image on his Weibo account to promote a new smartphone taking advantage of a photo sensor hidden in the screen, without notch or punch. The manager does not mention the name of the device, but we can probably bet on “Axon 30 5G”.

Preview of the supposed ZTE Axon 30 5G

The camera under the screen of the supposed ZTE Axon 30 5G seems much better integrated than on the first generation // Gamesdone: Ni Fei (ZTE)

Ni Fei invites Internet users to zoom in on the image he published so that they can see how well the hair of the person seen in the screen is transcribed. Let’s not get carried away too quickly, it is difficult to correctly judge the photo quality of the smartphone from this simple visual.

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A more enticing promise than on the first model

However, the integration of the front camera seems much more successful than on the first generation. As a reminder, on the ZTE Axon 20 5G, the sensor was really poorly camouflaged and a small unsightly square appeared too ostentatiously, particularly on white backgrounds.

ZTE Axon 20 5G front camera on a white background

On a white background, the front photo sensor under the ZTE Axon 20 5G screen is not very discreet (brightness modified in postproduction to better transcribe what the human eye sees) // Gamesdone: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

However, on the scalp of the person who appears in Ni Fei’s photo, this defect does not seem to appear.

More info at MWC 2021 in Shanghai?

Finally, there are reasons to believe that this technology is becoming mature. It will also have to be relevant. The advantage of such an integration is to offer a larger display area without compromising the design of the smartphone. On the ZTE Axon 20 5G, we did not avoid the wide borders, what will happen to the supposed Axon 30 5G?

In the post of the representative of ZTE, the smartphone is protected by a shell and does not appear in its entirety. We will have to wait to lay our eyes on more official images to be able to make an informed judgment. A presentation is rightly anticipated at MWC 2021 in Shanghai. The show has already been marked by the announcement of Oppo’s new charging technology.

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