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ZTE's Axon 30 has something to show Samsung about making under-display cameras really disappear

ZTE's Axon 30 has something to show Samsung about making under-display cameras really disappear

Last year's ZTE Axon 20 5G was the first device to ship with an under-display front-facing camera, giving users a full-screen experience without hole-punches or notches. Although the pixels on top of the camera weren't exactly invisible — something Samsung is currently experiencing with its first hidden selfie cam — it was still some impressive tech. ZTE has returned with the Axon 30, offering the company a chance to improve its display technology, all contained in a solid mid-range smartphone.

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ZTE Axon 30 Ultra review, one month later: A question of commitment

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra review, one month later: A question of commitment

Do you miss the days when you could get a spec-heavy smartphone for less than a thousand bucks? Well, you're in luck because ZTE is finally launching a new flagship phone in the US, and it's competitively priced. For $749, the Axon 30 Ultra packs a Snapdragon 888, a big camera array with multiple zoom levels, and premium build quality. However, there are still rough edges abound, and the phone's 5G connectivity in the US is lacking. While, the Axon 30 Ultra doesn't earn that "Ultra" name like the Samsung and Xiaomi ultras do, but it's still a pretty good phone.

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The complete list of phones that can get the Android 12 beta today

The complete list of phones that can get the Android 12 beta today

For the last few years, the Android Beta Program has been one of the biggest highlights of Google I/O, which continues to be the case this year. Now that Google has announced the exciting changes coming to Android 12, many of us will be eager to try it for ourselves. Naturally, the Beta will only be available on select devices, so find out if your phone is eligible below:

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ZTE's Axon 30 Ultra and its triple 64MP cameras will be sold globally in May

ZTE's Axon 30 Ultra and its triple 64MP cameras will be sold globally in May

ZTE isn't exactly a household name for US smartphone buyers. Part of that is because very few of the Chinese company's phones make the journey here, and part of it is because those that do tend to be low-cost budget models given away by carriers. (Also, you know, some other things.) But ZTE is trying to buck the trend: it's bringing its 2020 flagship, the Axon 30 Ultra, to America and everywhere else.

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ZTE's second-gen under-display camera tech is starting to look like it's finally ditching the compromises

ZTE's second-gen under-display camera tech is starting to look like it's finally ditching the compromises

When it comes to smartphone design, the ultimate goal of minimalists seems to lie with a slab containing no protrusions, no ports, just a constant surface with a large, fascia-filling display. ZTE has done some grunt work in bringing a few user-facing features beneath the surface and is showing off some of it at the in-person MWC in Shanghai.

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The Blade X1 5G is one of the cheapest Verizon-compatible 5G phones yet

The Blade X1 5G is one of the cheapest Verizon-compatible 5G phones yet

5G was the leading factor making phones more expensive over the last year or two, but now that the new standard is starting to mature and becoming more widely available, 5G phones are finally getting cheaper. The TCL 10 5G UW is an example, packing a Snapdragon 765G processor and mmWave support for just $400, but now ZTE has undercut its competitor with an even more affordable 765G phone: The Blade X1 5G, costing just $384.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown takes an even closer look at that crazy under-screen camera

ZTE Axon 20 5G teardown takes an even closer look at that crazy under-screen camera

We've got one serious love-hate relationship with front-facing cameras on our phones. Sure, everyone likes to take selfies, and their popularity has helped drive multiple social media sites into the stratosphere. But the cameras themselves are just so darn inconvenient, taking up precious phone real estate, and increasingly stealing space from the screen itself. One novel solution involves tucking the front-facer under the display, like we see on the brand-new ZTE Axon 20 5G. Now Zack from JerryRigEverything is putting this model to the test, seeing how it holds up to abuse and also giving us a better look at how this weird camera works.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G with world's first under-display camera now on sale

ZTE Axon 20 5G with world's first under-display camera now on sale

The world's first commercially available smartphone with an under-display camera is now on sale. The ZTE Axon 20 5G, announced back in September, costs €449/£419/$449 and comes in black. Aside from the fancy camera/display tech, the phone's specs put it in the upper mid-range segment — it's powered by a Snapdragon 765G chip and offers 30W fast charging.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G and its under-display camera set to go global December 21

ZTE Axon 20 5G and its under-display camera set to go global December 21

Although we've seen plenty of concepts and prototypes over the last year or so, ZTE is now technically "first" to reveal a phone with an under-display camera. That's right, the Axon 20 5G has no notch, no camera cutout, and almost no bezel. The front-facing camera can work right through the screen.

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Yahoo Mobile still exists, partners with ZTE to launch $50 Android phone

Yahoo Mobile still exists, partners with ZTE to launch $50 Android phone

Remember when Yahoo became a carrier? Well, it still is a carrier — we have parent company Verizon to thank for that. Yahoo Mobile offers a $40/mo. unlimited plan (with caveats)and, now, it can sell you a phone to go with that Big Red cell service. That phone is the ZTE Blade A3Y.

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