ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition : First effective under-display camera phone



Since the trend of full screens has become popular, mobile phone manufacturers have continued to explore how to minimize the impact of the front camera on the screen-to-body ratio. From the notch screen to the bezel , to the slide-out screen and the punch hole screen, all affect the integration of the mobile phone or the screen to varying degrees.


Although many manufacturers have previously reported that they will launch under-display cameras. So far, only ZTE has truly implemented this technology in the consumer market.

At the beginning of September this year, ZTE released the first mobile phone equipped with an under-display camera-ZTE Axon 20 5G. Now its upgraded version of ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition has also come to our hands, let's take a look at its performance.

New look ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition




Compared with the regular version, the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition adopts a new color scheme-gilt sparkle. The term "Sparkle Fire Gilt" means that the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition has been polished and transformed, like a gold stone that has been smelted by flames. The orange and gold color scheme also makes the entire phone more eye-catching.



The ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition also uses an exclusive custom leather back shell. It is polished with 56 complex processes, showing a delicate and soft skin-friendly texture. The "AXON" logo is printed directly below the camera, and there is a metal-engraved "ZTE 5G" logo in the lower right corner, which looks prominant.




Coming to the front of the phone, the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition is equipped with a 6.92-inch OLED full screen with a screen ratio of 20.5:9. The longer body is more comfortable to hold. The borders on the top,left and right sides of the screen are designed with uniform narrow borders. This gives more immersive movie viewing experience.





The slender OLED screen also supports 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 10bit color depth, and smart 90Hz high refresh rate. This brings usersdelicate visual perception in terms of color display and clarity.




However, the biggest highlight of the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition is the under-display camera technology. It uses ultra-high-transmittance micron-level materials to enhance the screen's light transmittance and suppress diffraction. It also uses an independent drive screen display chip, minimal circuit layout, and original natural pixels Technology. This arrangement improves the display consistency of the entire screen and solves the display synchronization problem of different screen areas.




When the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition displays a dark background, the display effect of the camera under the screen is the same as the surroundings, and the same is true when the screen is off. As long as you are not staring at the camera area, you will not notice any difference during normal use.



Although ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition has done a good job, as far as the current technology is concerned, the under-display camera and other display areas are still unable to be completely consistent. For example, in a background with high brightness, there will still be a small area at the top of the screen that shows the difference. But if you can accept it, you can always turn on the dark mode to effectively weaken this issue.




In addition to the under-display camera, ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition also uses multiple technologies such as screen sound, under-screen ambient light sensor, under-screen fingerprints, etc., to achieve a design with no openings on the front and ensure the integrity of the screen.


Photo experience ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition


Many people may be worried: Since the under-display camera technology is adopted, will the imaging quality of this lens reduce? From actual experience, this 32-megapixel ultra-high-pixel lens can basically perform on the same level as models of the same price. For the specific effect, you can see the self-portrait sample below.


Performance and charging ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition

In terms of configuration, ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, and the storage configuration is 12GB+256GB. This processor uses a 7nm EUV process technology, including a 2.4GHz and 2.3GHz main frequency of the core, and six 1.8GHz small cores, AnTuTu score of 335479 points, belonging to normal middle End model level.


In the game experience, I used the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition to play "PUBG". The frame rate of the whole game was basically stable at about 60Hz, and only a short period of lag occurred when the game started and ended. And the frame rate fluctuates, but it will not affect the actual game experience.


In terms of battery life, the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition has a built-in 4220mAh high-capacity battery. It is equipped with 5G superior power technology for intelligent scheduling. After four hours of endurance testing, ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition has 44% remaining power, which can basically meet the needs of a day's moderate use.


In addition, ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition also supports QC4+ protocol, which can provide 30W fast charging. In the actual test, the charging starts from 2% of the power level, after 30 minutes, it is charged to 51%, and after 1 hour, it is charged to 93%, and it takes 73 minutes to fully charge.


To Conclude

As the first consumer-grade under-display camera phone on the market, ZTE Axon 20 5G has brought us many surprises, and the performance of the upgraded version of ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition is quite satisfactory. Although the flagship Snapdragon 8 series processor is not used, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G is obviously able to cope with most of the usage scenarios.


From the actual experience, the under-display camera technology of the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition has reached the level that meets daily use. As long as the dark mode is turned on, the user will not notice the difference between the camera area and other display areas during use, and the exclusive defogging algorithm can also ensure the normal use of the front lens. If you are very interested in an under-display camera phone, it’s okay to start with this new one.