An unfortunate side effect of frameless smartphone design is the screen notch, which allows for the forward-facing camera (and face scanning technology). One solution to this problem is the ZTE Axon 20 5G’s camera below the screen, and although it’s not particularly good, it’s still interesting to see how the technology works.
A recent breakdown of YouTuber JerryRigEverything gives us a closer look at how the ZTE Axon 20 5G performed the camera under the screen. It turns out that the device uses two screens stacked on top of each other, which means that the camera under the screen can be seen from the top layer display. JerryRigEverything provides an insightful overview of each component used by ZTE, so the degradation is well worth a look.
In practice, the ZTE Axon 20 5G’s forward-facing camera can still use a lot of work. Here is what we said in our review:
The problem with the camera is just how blurry it is, which seems to be a side effect of it being under the screen itself. I know that the two images above are in low light, but the same blurry smoothing effect can be seen under all light conditions. When in direct light, all light sources displayed in the viewfinder will blossom vigorously and completely destroy the photo quality. The best way I can describe images from this camera is “soft”.
While the design is not flawless, the ZTE Axon 20 5G can signal where the smartphone industry is heading. This is good news for consumers, because it means that the days of hole-punch screens and notches are numbered. We just hope the technology can evolve enough to one day match the quality of what the devices currently offer.
For now, ZTE’s solution is the best we have, although it may require some work. But it can be an early taste of what may become the norm along the way.
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