ZTE raises the level with the Axon 30, a flagship that (now) hides its front camera under the screen.
It had been leaked to us in detail in China just a week ago, and this afternoon it became official in Weibo to the new and innovative ZTE Axon 30, flagship of the Shenzhen manufacturer for this 2021 and the first to arrive already with the spectacular second generation of their cameras , which now seem to be ready for their competition in the industry.
In fact, it is that as we saw in Phonearena This new Axon 30 allows itself the luxury of leaving the ZTE Axon 20 at the height of a mere prototype or little more than that, raising and much its level both in power and finishes and adopting a camera that you no longer need to make too many concessions to surprise us.
Not in vain, from ZTE they have worked very hard to improve the quality of its cameras under the screen, especially after the fierce criticism of the Axon 20 in this regard, with a pixel density that you no longer need to drop above the camera, now managing to hide the internal components better behind a screen higher quality and with refreshment of 120 Hz.
The good work of ZTE is quite evident, and we quote:
- There is no longer a gap between the screen area that the camera hides and the rest of the OLED panel, or it is imperceptible to the human eye.
- The pixel density does not vary throughout the panel, very close to 400 pixels per inch.
- The front sensor is 16 MP, with larger pixels (2.24 µm) and the ability to do ‘pixel binning' by grouping 4 in 1.
- The Chinese manufacturer has investigated ultra-transparent materials, to achieve a seven-layer design that facilitates the passage of light towards the camera under the screen.
ZTE's goal is the same again, which is none other than get as clean a front as possible no need to make concessions in the form of notches or holes for the front camera modules, speakers, microphones or other components, trying reach the maximum possible use between total size and screen diagonal usable for the user.
In any case, we will have to test the results more empirically when the first units of the ZTE Axon 30 begin to arrive, since it will be necessary to see if the new software and processing settings, in addition to the obvious hardware upgrade, they manage to avoid those washed out effects and poor sharpness that were seen in the images and taken by the Axon 20 last year.
The visual quality achieved by ZTE is much better, although the Axon 30 will only anticipate the improvements of a technology that will continue to be seen in other devices such as the expected Galaxy Z Fold3.
In terms of possibilities, we already mentioned that ZTE has raised the level of its new flagship, although as we know you like the specification tables, we are not going to entertain you and we leave you directly with him full:
|Specifications and technical characteristics|
|Dimensions||170.2 x 77.8 x 7.8 (mm)|
|Screen||6.92-inch OLED 1B Colors, 120 Hz, 10-bit, 100% DCI-P3|
|Pixel density||FHD + (2,460 x 1,080 pixels), 20.5: 9 aspect ratio, 388 DPI|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm), octa-core @ 3.2 GHz, Adreno 650 GPU|
|RAM||6, 8 or 12 GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||128 or 256 GB (UFS 3.1)|
|Operating system||Android 11 with MyOS 11|
|Connectivity||5G SA / NSA dual SIM, WiFi 6 dual-band, Bluetooth 5.1 LE, aGPS, NFC, USB Type-C 3.1 OTG|
|Rear cameras||Quadruple 64 MP (wide) f / 1.8 + 8 MP (ultrawide) f / 2.2 + 5 MP (macro) f / 2.4 + 2 MP (depth) f / 2.4, PDAF autofocus, HDR, dual LED flash, gyro-EIS, video [email protected]/ 60fps 10 bit|
|Frontal camera||UDC 16 MP (wide) f / 2.0, HDR, video [email protected]|
|Battery||4,200 mAh (non-removable), Quick Charge 4+ (55 W), USB Power Delivery|
|Others||Always-on-display, integrated fingerprint reader (optical)|
As you may have seen, there is nothing to be missing from a high-performance device that, yes, is committed to containing prices instead of full power, opting for a chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G and not by the Snapdragon 888 of the smartphones more and also more expensive from the Android catalog.
I personally don't have the feeling that no one is going to have power problems, especially with another Qualcomm 800 Series chipset that adapts its functionality to the times with a 5G SA / NSA modem and a 7 nanometer lithograph that will save a little energy.
For the rest, it comes with everything you need to gain a foothold in the high-end range, although I i miss a sensor instead of the macro and some additional show off in sound, such as a Dolby Atmos license or a dedicated Hi-Fi DAC that ensures the best multimedia response.
In any case, in these price ranges that have just been announced, little more we will be able to ask the guys from ZTE, so we will not get too demanding and we will present you directly the availability information so that you too will be speechless.
ZTE Axon 30 5G, launch and prices
ZTE's new Axon 30 will be released on sale in China on August 3, in less than a week, without revealing for now positive or negative plans to remove him from his native country towards other international markets …
It will be sold in two shades, a more classic black and a model with an attractive gradient in ‘glow' effect that varies the colors according to the light. Regarding their prices, in China they will be the following:
- ZTE Axon 30 5G (6GB / 128GB), 2,198 yuan – ~ € 285
- ZTE Axon 30 5G (8GB / 128GB), 2,498 yuan – ~ € 325
- ZTE Axon 30 5G (8GB / 256GB), 2,798 yuan – ~ € 365
- ZTE Axon 30 5G (12GB / 256GB), 3,098 yuan – ~ € 405
As is obvious, if it finally lands in Europe both tariffs and taxes and the rest of the derived costs will make this price rises significantly, although even adding 100 euros in each unit, we would still be facing one of the most recommended smartphones in price / performance of the 2021 course, without a doubt…
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