[Update 4: More colors] ZTE Axon 20 5G will be the first smartphone with an under-screen camera
In the quest to create a completely bezel-less smartphone, manufacturers have been working on under-screen camera tech for the last couple of years. While we’ve already seen prototypes from Samsung Display, OPPO, and Xiaomi, the under-screen camera tech is yet to make its way to consumers. But that might change soon. In a recent post on Chinese social media platform Weibo, ZTE’s President for Mobile Devices, Ni Fei, has confirmed that the company will be the first to launch a smartphone with an under-screen camera.
As you can see in the attached screenshot, the post itself doesn’t reveal any details about the upcoming smartphone or its launch date. However, if you look closely, you can see that Fei used a device called ‘ZTE A20 5G under-screen camera’ to make the post. This confirms that the ZTE Axon 20 5G will be the first production smartphone to feature an under-screen camera sensor.
While the company hasn’t revealed any details about the ZTE Axon 20 5G, a renowned Chinese tipster has managed to unearth the State Radio Regulation of China (SRRC) certification listing for the device. The certification listing reveals that the device will go by the model number ZTE A2121 and it will, most likely, be a successor to the flagship ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G (A2020 SP) which was launched earlier this year.
The publication also speculates that the ZTE Axon 20 5G will make use of the under-screen camera solution from China-based Visionox, which started mass production of the tech last month. Visionox will also be supplying its under-screen camera tech to other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, OPPO, and Huawei, and we expect to see more smartphones with its under-screen camera solution in the coming months.
Update: ZTE Axon 20 5G passes through TENAA
The ZTE Axon 20 5G has passed through TENAA, showing off its design and specifications.
In these images, we cannot spot any front camera, which ties in with the earlier details. The TENAA listing also confirms some of the specifications, like the 5G support. The ZTE Axon 20 5G will have a body size of 172.1 × 77.9 × 7.9 mm and a weight of 198g. The display would be a 6.92″ OLED display with a resolution of 2460 x 1080 and will also include an in-display fingerprint sensor. The battery capacity on the device is 4120 mAh. The max CPU clock speed on the SoC would be 2.4GHz, while RAM variants will include 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB, and storage would include 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The front camera is a 32MP shooter, while the rear camera setup includes a 64MP, 8MP, and two 2MP shooters. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the device.
Update 2: Launching on September 1
ZTE has announced that the Axon 20 5G will launch in China on September 1, 2020. The device will be the world’s first mass-produced 5G smartphone with an under-display camera.
Update 3: ZTE Axon 20 5G renders show off its clean look
An official-looking image render of the Axon 20 5G has surfaced, which shows of the clean slate look of the front of the device. The back matches what we see on TENAA renders, giving us reason to believe that the renders are from official sources.
Update 4: New renders
ZTE has shared new renders of the Axon 20 5G, which indicates that we can expect to see several colors at the Chinese launch.