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The ZTE Axon 30's cutting-edge display allegedly outdoes its predecessor in a new leak

The "Axon 30" (front) vs. the 20 (rear). Source: Weibo
The "Axon 30" (front) vs. the 20 (rear). Source: Weibo
ZTE has confirmed that the Axon 30 will be its second-gen under-display camera smartphone on its late July 2021 launch. Now, new in-the-wild videos purport to showcase this aspect of the device ahead of this event. The leaks suggest that the OEM has improved greatly on its headline feature compared to its forebear in the Axon 20.
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ZTE snatched the title of first mobile OEM to the under-display camera (UDC) in 2020 with that year's Axon flagship. However, this achievement came at a cost, which was that the edge-to-edge effect aimed for in the development of the phone's display was marred somewhat by the fact that the small, specialized area set into it in order to conceal the selfie camera at need stood out at certain viewing angles.

This issue, most likely related to differences in panel structure between the "normal" parts of the display and the small square located over the centrally-mounted front-facing shooter just under the top bezel, has allegedly been fixed in the Axon 20's upcoming successor. Now, some clips uploaded to Weibo and YouTube allegedly demonstrate that this is in fact the case.

The videos are said to spoil ZTE's reveal of the Axon 30 5G's UDC display, which is likely to involve direct comparisons with the outgoing 20, as one of these posts does. It seems to prove that the 30's display is completely confluent even when tilted off axis, whereas that of the 20 is not.

The display in question is said to be 120Hz (a refresh rate said to be constant across the whole panel, which is not the case in the Axon 20) and to have 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and to be driven by the Snapdragon 870 SoC. This last detail is also possibly confirmed in the new leak, as is the phone's rear panel design.

The videos also allegedly confirm that the Axon 30 5G will come with the novel "double-barrelled" (or "angel-eyed", a term coined by the leaker Digital Chat Station) camera hump formerly thought reserved for the Huawei P50 series. ZTE will confirm or deny all these rumors on July 27, 2021.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07-22 (Update: 2021-07-22)