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ZTE second-gen under-display camera might not fix its biggest flaw

ZTE second-gen under-display camera might not fix its biggest flaw

At MWC Shanghai, ZTE flaunted its next-gen technologies for under-display imaging sensors, including its second under-display camera or UDC. It remains the only smartphone maker that can boast of a commercial product that utilizes a screen with absolutely no cutout, but the ZTE Axon 20 5G can't really boast of producing great selfies because of it. There may have been hopes that its next UDC would address this problem but while it does get an upgrade, it doesn't actually address its most glaring issue.

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ZTE under-display camera to get another chance next week

ZTE under-display camera to get another chance next week

One of the holy grails of smartphones, aside from foldable and rollable screens, is a camera that completely hides underneath the screen. This solves a few design problems surrounding bezels and cutouts but might actually be harder to pull off those flexible displays. ZTE was bold enough to actually start selling its first attempt in the ZTE Axon 20 5G, which turned out to be quite a dud. That hasn't dampened its enthusiasm for under-display cameras or UDC which will get a second-gen version at MWC Shanghai in a few days.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

Last year, ZTE boasted about having accomplished what even the likes of Samsung still failed to do. It brought the world's first commercially available under-display camera on a smartphone and explained how it pulled off this difficult trick. As much excitement as it generated, it also raised doubts on how it would work in practice. Early feedback was less than encouraging but perhaps the most damning comes from DxOMark's review that almost put the ZTE Axon 20 5G at the bottom of its selfie list.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown takes a peek at the under-display camera magic

ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown takes a peek at the under-display camera magic

Although not as flamboyant as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or as eccentric as the LG Wing, the ZTE Axon 20 5G actually brought one of the biggest innovations in the mobile industry this year. Granted, it's not exactly as most would have hoped but the under-display camera or UDC has long been a holy grail for smartphone makers. Although many manufacturers did try their hand at it, it was ZTE that first came out with an actual commercial product and JerryRigEverything literally digs into the phone to see how it works.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G durability test inspects the under-display camera

ZTE Axon 20 5G durability test inspects the under-display camera

One of the smartphone world's biggest innovations this year almost went under the radar, partially because of its limited availability. ZTE, however, did eventually make its Axon 20 5G available to more markets (except the US and Canada), and with it the world's first commercially available under-display camera. There has definitely been some interest in both the technology and its output and the novel phone is almost begging for a teardown, but not before JerryRigEverything puts it through the usual rigors to see how easy or hard it will break.

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FCC starts process to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks

FCC starts process to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks

It seems that the year won't be ending well for Huawei and ZTE even though the two's smartphone businesses remain somewhat stable for now. The Chinese companies' networking businesses, on the other hand, might be dealt with a rather devastating blow based on the FCC's latest orders. Removing Huawei's and ZTE's networking equipment will hurt rural carriers the most but the FCC promises help will be coming, provided the US Congress finally gets the funds needed to subsidize the costs.

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ZTE is still a security threat according to FCC decision

ZTE is still a security threat according to FCC decision

Some might presume that recent political changes in the US government might weaken the campaign against certain US companies but it is far too early to count those eggs. The current government still holds the power and, as far as the Trump administration is concerned, nothing has really changed. Huawei is still on its entity list and TikTok still risks getting banned next month. And according to a recent FCC order, ZTE remains a national security threat because of its potential to be used for state-sanctioned espionage.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera trick revealed in macro shot

ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera trick revealed in macro shot

ZTE claims to have successfully pulled off what other companies like Samsung are taking forever to do. Of course, we're still waiting for hard, real-world evidence that the Axon 20 5G's under-display camera is all that it's advertised to be. ZTE is wasting no time trying to prove that it's theory is sound but one pair of photos may reveal just exactly what the ZTE Axon 20 5G's under-display camera looks like, up-close, personal, and with a flat color background.

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The FCC did the math on ousting Huawei and ZTE from US carriers. Spoiler – it’s a LOT

The FCC did the math on ousting Huawei and ZTE from US carriers. Spoiler – it’s a LOT

The FCC has done the math on just how much it might cost to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment and services from US carriers, and it's bad news if you thought it might be as simple and cheap as unplugging a few routers and switches. Last year, the FCC warned carriers getting government funding that they would no longer be able to order network tech from the two Chinese companies.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G revealed with under-display tech: camera, fingerprint reader, speakers

ZTE Axon 20 5G revealed with under-display tech: camera, fingerprint reader, speakers

Today we're taking a peek at the newly-revealed ZTE Axon 20 5G, otherwise known as the "world's first under-display camera smartphone." This device might not look particularly extraordinary at first - it's not really meant to be particularly striking in outward appearance. Instead, it's meant to do what any other smartphone does, without the drawback of having a space up front for a camera - be it a wide bezel, a notch, or a hole in the phone's display.

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Xiaomi under-display camera phones are coming next year

Xiaomi under-display camera phones are coming next year

Samsung was expected to have been researching it first but Xiaomi and OPPO were the first to flaunt working prototypes of under-screen front cameras. Both, however, are being upstaged by ZTE who has pre-announced its upcoming Axon 20 5G as the world's first commercially available phone with that technology. Xiaomi doesn't seem to be worried at all because come 2021, it boasts it will have the best version thanks to its third-gen under-display camera technology.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G official render confirms intriguing design

ZTE Axon 20 5G official render confirms intriguing design

Some companies, like Sony, try hard to keep upcoming products from leaking, even if those attempts have become futile in this Internet age. Others like OnePlus, on the other hand, have accepted that reality and even learned to use that to their advantage. ZTE seems to be taking a page from that book with its next Axon flagship that was leaked last week. Not only has it announced what the Axon 20 5G will bring next month, it is now even revealing what it will look like as well.

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