ZTE Axon 30 5G – invisible under-display selfie camera

ZTE Axon 30 5G

ZTE has beaten most smartphone makers with the release of the ZTE Axon 30 – one of the first to ‘not show off’ its invisible, under-display, selfie camera for full screen, uninterrupted visuals.

It uses a 16MP sensor under a seven-layer transparency and a special UDC Pro Display chip to manage the screen’s transparency and overall screen performance.  To quote ZTE

A qualitative leap in front camera invisibility and display performance, powered by its six core technologies, including the special pixel matrix, unique driver circuits, independent display chip, front camera, in-house selfie algorithm, and larger light-sensitive 4-in-1, 2.24um equivalent large pixel (low light) camera

The ZTE Axon 30 also breaks a few other records

  • A huge 6.92”, 2640 x 1080, 20.5:9, 401ppi, 1 billion colour cinema-grade, 100% DCI-P3, 120Hz AMOLED (360Hz touch rate), ultra-narrow bezel
  • Three eye protection certifications -TUV, SGS and UL
  • Qualcomm SD870 processor – 1+3+4 cores 3.2Ghz
  • 6/8/12GB RAM and 128/256/512GB storage plus 5GB memory fusion (swap space)
  • Ultra-thin 7.8mm and light 189g
  • Quad AI camera, 64MP PFAF + 8 ultra-wide + 5 Macro+ 2MP depth and multi-camera simultaneous shooting and dual video stabilisation, 4K@60fps
  • 4200mAh battery ad 55W fast charge supports USB-C PD and QC 4.0+
  • New NFC chip supporting 300+ cards and auto-copy card function
  • Wi-Fi AX 2 x 2 MU-MIMO four-stream with a seamless switch to 5G
  • 5G low-band and sub-6Ghz full support, hybrid dual sim/microSD
  • Black or Aqua 3D composite polymer back, alloy frame and toughened glass front
  • Android 11 and MYOS 11 and three updates
  • Global Website here

The fully certified Australian version will take a couple of months to get here.

An Ultra version will be released later this year with a Periscope camera and SD888 processor.

GadgetGuy’s take

ZTE has always been an innovator. Its recent release of the incredible ZTE RedMagic 6 Pro 5G (review here 9.3/10) has a few firsts, including a 165Hz display and an incredible 172% sRGB and 122% DCI-P3 AMOLED display. At the time of writing, ZTE is giving away this amazing phone in a GadgetGuy competition.

ZTE Red Magic 6 Pro

ZTE aims to price the ZTE Axon 30 competitively. It is approx. US$340 (approx A$500), which would make it both a class and price leader.