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Axon30 series: ZTE's latest flagship smartphones are confirmed to have triple 64MP cameras and an April 2021 launch date

A first glimpse of the Axon30 line-up. (Source: Weibo)
A first glimpse of the Axon30 line-up. (Source: Weibo)
ZTE has revealed that its Axon30 line of Snapdragon 888-powered Android flagships will launch on April 15, 2021. The OEM has also strongly hinted at a rear camera hump that will contain 3 sensors of 64MP in resolution, with an extra periscope zoom lens in higher-end variants. The devices might also have a 4,500mAh battery with a 55W charging speed.

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ZTE has announced that the successors to the Axon 20 will launch in the middle of April 2021. They are currently touted to arrive as a "Trinity", which may imply scope for variants along the lines of Pro and Pro+ this year. The series is currently touted as being the "most powerful" Android phones camera-wise by its OEM. These claims have been made in conjunction with more mysterious teasers concerning a "200MP" value.

The company has subsequently revisited these rumors by clarifying that the Axon30 devices would be the first to launch with triple 64MP cameras, laid out in the SIM-card-shaped mega-hump now certain to grace their rear panels.

This hyped spec, while impressive, does not quite match up to initial speculation that ZTE would debut a single Samsung camera of unprecedented magnitude instead. Then again, add the periscope lens with which this series' Pro models now seem to be linked, and that does indeed more than add up to the magic 200MP number.

On the other hand, this decision seems to mean ZTE has missed the Samsung ISOCELL GN2 boat in 2021. Similarly, given the 20 5G's display specs, and the company's status as the only OEM with 2nd-gen under-display selfie camera tech, these Axon30s might be expected to launch with a completely edge-to-edge screen.

However, the leaker Digital Chat Station asserts that ZTE has failed to get this feature working in time, and that the 2021 flagships will thus launch with a central punch-hole instead.

The phones are at least projected to rock a high-end 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch-sampling rate on their launch. The display that will support this is now slated to measure 6.92 inches across. The Axon30s are also touted to get 55W charging, which, while hardly world-beating, is competitive enough in the current landscape.

Then again, time (and probably price) will tell how these upcoming ZTE Axon30s will do against potential rivals such as the OnePlus 9 series, not to mention the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Ultra super-flagships.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 6 (Update: 2021-04- 6)