“This design breakthrough should facilitate another big trend in the mobile sector – the growing popularity of selfie-based biometric authentication.”
ZTE has followed through on its promise of a smartphone featuring an under-display camera, officially unveiling the Axon 20 5G this week.
Eliminating the need for a notch or bezel to house the front-facing camera, ZTE has delivered what it calls “the industry’s first true full display” with a screen that extends across the entire front face of the device. That’s a big achievement in the mobile world, which has trended toward ever-larger displays over the past several years.
This design breakthrough should facilitate another big trend in the mobile sector – the growing popularity of selfie-based biometric authentication. In a statement announcing the new device, ZTE highlighted its “in-house selfie algorithm”; the company added that the algorithm can deliver clear images under a range of lighting conditions, suggesting that ZTE may simply be referring to optimized selfie photo technology rather than biometric authentication, but the device does reportedly support selfie-based phone unlocking, in any case.
The Axon 20 5G also features an under-display fingerprint sensor, in keeping with other recent Axon devices from ZTE. Under-display fingerprint sensors have been another prominent trend over the past couple of years, and would seem to be a natural fit for a device with a truly full-size display.
Other features of the Axon 20 5G include DTS:X Ultra 3D sound, a 64MP rear-facing camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, and a 4,220mAh battery. As the phone’s name suggests, it also has 5G connectivity, supported by a “Super Antenna 2.0” aimed at ensuring high-speed connectivity.
The device comes in blue, orange, purple, and black. It’s now available for preorder in China, with a price tag of RMB 2,198, or about $321 USD.