ZTE is launching its under-display camera phone, the Axon 20 5G, globally this month

ZTE is launching its under-display camera phone, the Axon 20 5G, globally this month

ZTE has won the race to bring an under-display camera packing phone to the global market, following an initial release in China. The ZTE Axon 20 5G was officially announced today, with a release set just in time for Christmas. It boasts not only an under-display camera but also an under-display fingerprint reader, speaker, and backlighting for what it describes as a “notch-free experience”.

The feature set is pretty slick, putting pay to the idea that ZTE might try and give us an innovative camera, in a mediocre phone. The display is almost entirely bezel-less, giving users an unimpeded 6.92-inch FHD+ OLED display, 90Hz refresh, and full-color gamut. Processing comes via a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, such as we’ve seen in other recent flagships such as the Google Pixel 5, and that’s bolstered by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — all liquid-cooled by carbon nanofiber. The under-display front camera is unapologetically impressive at 32MP, whilst the quad lens rear camera tops out at 64MP, flanked by an 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP depth lens, and 2MP macro.

Charging tech comes from Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0, which at 30W, should make short work of recharging the 4200mAh battery. We were a little surprised to see that the ZTE Akon A20 5G will ship with Android 10, rather than the latest Android 11, though we’d hope that a high-spec device would get a firmware upgrade or two.

The handset also includes what ZTE calls “Super Antenna 2.0”, a 360-facing 12-antenna array which the company says will improve reception and stability. The company also claims it boosts downloads by up to 30% through “intelligent network acceleration technology”.

ZTE Axon 20 5G Forums

ZTE has said that the Axon A20 5G will be available “globally in selected markets” (erm…?) from December 21st. Regions covered on launch day include the United Kingdom, European Union, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, UAE, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. The U.S. is not listed as a launch market, which isn’t terribly surprising given the Trump administration’s current stance towards the company. Pricing will be revealed “soon”.  Members of ZTE’s “New Vision Club” will be able to queue jump and receive the first batch of phones on release.

ZTE Axon 20 5G: Specifications

SpecificationZTE Axon 20 5G
Dimensions & Weight
  • 172.1 × 77.9 × 7.9 mm
  • 198g
Display
  • 6.92″ FHD+ OLED display
  • 20.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 10-bit color depth
  • 100% DCI-P3
  • Under-display camera
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G:

  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core @ 2.4GHz
  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Performance core @ 2.2GHz
  • 6x (ARM Cortex-A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz
  • 7nm EUV process

Adreno 620

RAM & Storage
  • 8GB + 128GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,220 mAh battery
  • 30W Quick Charge
Fingerprint sensorIn-display fingerprint sensor
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 64MP, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.8
  • Secondary: 8MP ultra wide-angle, 120° FoV
  • Tertiary: 2MP depth
  • Quarternary: 2MP macro
Front Camera32MP
ConnectivityNR: N78(SA&NSA)
FDD: B1/3/5/7/8/20
TDD: B38/40/41
UMTS: B1/2/4/5/8
GSM: B2/3/5/8
Android VersionMiFavor 10.5 UI based on Android 10

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Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]