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The ZTE Axon family has a long-standing history of industry firsts. Now, they bring us the world's first commercially available device with an under-display selfie camera, the Axon 20 5G. That's something we've been waiting ever since the first notched phones arrived.
One would expect that such a breakthrough feature will be paired with top-notch hardware. However, ZTE wants to play it safe this time around, and the under-display camera has been coupled with a mixture of high-end and midrange hardware. But the main selling point here is clearly the display. If you are making rid of the cutouts, it only makes sense to use a proper display as well.
The full-screen panel checks all the boxes - HRR up to 90Hz, HDR support, OLED, and 10-bit color depth. And it's actually one of the biggest in town too. The display measures 6.92" in diagonal, making the phone a bit unwieldy even for users with average-sized hands.
The mid-range part about this phone, though, is the chipset. The Snapdragon 765G offers 5G connectivity and more-than-adequate performance, and it is paired with 128GB of internal storage as a base configuration. The camera setup also leaves something to be desired as it doesn't offer a telephoto camera, and the ultra-wide unit is just 8MP. Also, no stereo speakers.
So is this the typical first-gen product with its own quirks that need fixing, and people will pay the price of early adoption, or there's a lot more to it than a huge, cutout-less screen? We'll see.
The handset comes inside a standard box containing the appropriate charger with the USB-A to USB-C cable used for charging and data transfer. As a bonus, ZTE has included a transparent silicone case and a 3.5mm to USB-C dongle since the phone doesn't have a headphone jack.
No matter how good a device is, some bribed individuals would established their own negative perception of it. I didn't find anything bad in not having a stereo speakers, underscreen camera Is a great innovation. If you need a stereo speakers ...
Thank you for your thorough review of this phone. Too bad that you could not evaluate the telecommunications aspects, as a phone is primarily a communications tool and not only a camera... I wonder how it masters the 5G communications possibilities ....