The ZTE Axon 20 5G debuted a few months ago as the world's first smartphone with an under-display camera, and soon you'll be able to buy one of your own.
ZTE confirmed today that the Axon 20 5G will begin to roll out globally on December 21. It'll be available in 11 markets to start, including the UK, European Union, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.
There's no word yet on how much the Axon 20 5G will cost, but ZTE says that that info will be revealed "soon".
The highlight feature of the Axon 20 5G is its 32MP under-display selfie camera. ZTE uses several technologies to hide that camera under the 6.92-inch 2460x1080 OLED screen while making sure it still performs well, like a high transparency material to help get more light to the camera and a special pixel matrix to create a more natural transition between using and hiding the cam. A special algorithm helps to improve photo clarity, too.
ZTE has crammed four more cameras on the back of the Axon 20 5G, including a 64MP main cam, 8MP ultra-wide with 120-degree field of view, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro cameras. Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 765G processor paired with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4220mAh battery with support for up to 30W fast charging.
Device makers have used a lot of methods to build a selfie camera into their phones with an edge-to-edge display, including notches, hole-punches, and pop-up mechanisms. All that has been leading up to under-display cameras that are completely hidden when not in use. And while it seems unlikely that we'll see the Axon 20 5G in the US after the FCC deemed ZTE a national security risk, we're definitely interested in seeing how well an under-display selfie camera performs now that a device with one is launching to the public.