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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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ZTE to unveil first phone with under-display camera next month, the Axon 20 5G

ZTE to unveil first phone with under-display camera next month, the Axon 20 5G

Chinese telecom gear manufacturer ZTE hasn’t had a particularly good run in the US smartphone market. But every once in a while, its eccentric phones manage to catch our eye, and frankly, they don't give us much to complain about. ZTE is now coming out with a handset that uses an under-display selfie camera — a first for any mass-produced phone on the market. The Axon 20 5G, succeeding last year’s Axon 10 Pro 5G, is set to debut as soon as early next month.

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ZTE Axon 10 Pro with 12GB of RAM is just $330 ($270 off) today only

ZTE Axon 10 Pro with 12GB of RAM is just $330 ($270 off) today only

If you're looking for a phone off the beaten path to play around with, there aren't many options quite like the ZTE Axon 10 Pro. This Snapdragon 855 phone is still on sale in the U.S. unlocked market at B&H, and, for just today only, it's on sale for as low as $300.

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FCC declares Huawei and ZTE as 'national security threats,' nothing changes

FCC declares Huawei and ZTE as 'national security threats,' nothing changes

In the past few years, the FCC has made overtures against Huawei and ZTE, characterizing them as national security threats. Well, now it's official: the commission has passed an order officially declaring the two Chinese tech giants as national security threats to the United States.

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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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ZTE is the first to announce a Snapdragon 865 phone with the Axon 10s

ZTE is the first to announce a Snapdragon 865 phone with the Axon 10s

Samsung is going to make the Galaxy S20 official in just a few days with the Snapdragon 865, but ZTE has beaten it to the punch by unveiling the Axon 10s with an 865 inside. The Axon 10s has a big screen, a little notch, and it's the first device with faster LPDDR5 RAM. One thing it doesn't have is a release date.

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LG and ZTE cancel MWC events under specter of coronavirus (Update: ZTE will attend after all)

LG and ZTE cancel MWC events under specter of coronavirus (Update: ZTE will attend after all)

The novel coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 20,000 people, killed hundreds, and has put millions of people in China under quarantine is increasingly affecting travel not just within, but into and out of the country. Nearby countries are handling cases and deaths of their own. All of this could throw a wrench into the Mobile World Congress as the trade show is set to begin in Barcelona on February 24. Two major participants, LG and ZTE, have announced that they won't be there.

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