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ZTE Axon 20 5G First Impressions, Hands-On

We have seen concepts from other smartphone brands such as OPPO and Xiaomi about an in-display front camera. Still, ZTE is the world’s first to implement it with the Axon 20 5G and made it first available in the market. Now that we have it here with us let’s see what else it’s got under its sleeves.

From the get-go, the Axon 20 5G looks and feels premium. The back is made out of glass, so it’s much prone to fingerprints and smudges. We highly recommend that you use the included jelly case in the box. Here at the back, we can also find the quad-rear camera setup and a ZTE and AXON 5G branding.

Located on the right side are the volume rockers and a textured sleep/wake button. Nothing can be found on the left side.

At the top, we have the secondary noise-canceling microphone.

While at the bottom are the hybrid dual nano-sim card tray, USB Type-C port, call microphone, and speaker grille.

Upfront, we have a massive 6.92-inch OLED 90Hz panel with a resolution of 1080×2460 and a pixel density of 388ppi. Above that, we can find the in-display selfie camera. The call speaker is located underneath the display, and it vibrates to transmit the sound to your ear, making the display look seamless.

The screen’s portion where the under-display camera is located can be a little pixelated and quite noticeable when watching media content. However, it is still a bit better than having a cut-out or a notch on display.


Powering the ZTE Axon 20 5G is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G coupled with an Adreno 620, up to 8GB RAM with up to 256GB of storage. When it comes to performance, it can handle light to moderate tasks; gaming, on the other hand, is pretty average; there are slight frame drops and can cause overheating at times.

Running on this device is ZTE’s MiFavor 10.5 based on Android 10. It looks clean and close to stock Android.

Taking a look at the cameras, the ZTE Axon 20 5G packs a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 64MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. Upfront, we have a 32MP under-display selfie camera.

Check out our sample shots below.

The official Philippine price for the ZTE Axon 50 5G is yet to be announced, but we expect it to be around PHP 21,500. We will explore more about the ZTE Axon 20 5G in our full review, so stay tuned for that.

For now, what do you think about this under-display camera technology? Are you interested in getting this device? Let us know in the comments section below!

ZTE Axon 20 5G specifications:
6.92-inch FHD+(2460 x 1080) curved OLED display, 90Hz 90 Hz refresh rate
100% DCI-P3 color gamut
240 Hz touch sampling rate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core CPU
Adreno 620 GPU
128GB, 256GB storage
Expandable via microSD
Quad-rear cameras:
• 64MP f/1.8 (main)
• 8MP f/2 (ultra-wide)
• 2MP F2.4 (macro)
• 2MP F2.4 (depth)
4K 60fps HD video shooting
32M Under-screen front camera
Facial recognition
5G, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C
DTS-X: Ultra-tuned speakers
Fingerprint sensor (in-display)
MiFavor 10.5 (Android 10)
4220mAh battery with 30W Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
172.1 x 77.9 x 7.9 mm
Black, Blue, Purple, Gold

Alyza is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. You can follow her at @tadboring.

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