ZTE recently announced the Axon 30 5G, a $500 smartphone and the company’s latest attempt at under-display camera technology. The Axon 30 5G launched in China earlier this month, but ZTE now confirms that it’s planning a U.S. and global release for September 9th.
We tested the ZTE Axon 20 5G last year, and its under-display camera wasn’t all that impressive. The display area above the camera had a low pixel density (200 PPI) and looked more distracting than a hole-punch camera, and of course, photo quality sucked.
But ZTE says that it’s addressed these issues in the Axon 30 5G, which features a 400 PPI display area above the selfie camera. It also uses a new 7-layer transparency structure in its display, which should allow more light to reach the camera and improve photo quality. And like Samsung or Oppo, ZTE probably uses computational photography to artificially increase the contrast and sharpness of under-display camera images.
Along with its fancy selfie camera, the ZTE Axon 30 5G features a 6.92-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution. It runs on a Snapdragon 870 chipset and minimum 6GB of RAM (up to 12GB), plus 55-watt wired charging for its 4,200mAh battery (though it lacks wireless charging). These specs are impressive for the price and should offer performance similar to the pricier ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G.
ZTE hasn’t opened pre-orders for the Axon 30 5G at the time of writing, though the device’s product page is live on ZTE’s website.