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ZTE announces an international release for the Axon 30 as the second-gen UDC phone undergoes JerryRigEverything testing

The Axon 30's UDC vs. that of of the 20. (Source: JerryRigEverything)
The Axon 30's UDC vs. that of of the 20. (Source: JerryRigEverything)
ZTE has just announced pricing and availability for its second-gen under-display camera (UDC) smartphone, the Axon 30 5G, outside of its native China. Those interested in this cutting-edge hardware can also now learn how it might hold up to demanding use in the real world thanks to a new JerryRigEverything video.

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The famous YouTuber Zach Nelson of JerryRigEverything has now featured a ZTE Axon 30 5G on his channel, in a video that seems to confirm the phone has an improved under-display selfie camera compared to its first-gen predecessor the 20 5G. The sensor lives under a sub-section of screen that blends better with the rest of the panel this time around - even if it is clearly rated to turn you into your own gaming avatar while in action.

The appeal of that effect might vary from user to user. On that note, Nelson proceeded to discover that, on putting the Axon 30 through the classic battery of smartphone durability tests, its performance was more or less comparable to that of the OnePlus Nord N200, which also recently starred on the channel.

Those still interested in the latest UDC tech from a pioneer in this arena can now order one, provided they live in a market supported by ZTE's non-Chinese website. Although it will not ship until September 9, 2021, it now starts at US$499, which is $50 more than the Axon 20 on its international release.

Then again, its successor is powered by the nearly-premium Snapdragon 870 SoC as opposed to the older mid-range 765G this time around, as well as its more on-the-surface upgrades. In addition, the OEM has announced an "early-bird" deal in which a buyer gets a coupon (worth $30) and a free pair of ZTE LiveBuds (worth $39.90) with each purchase of over $10 on its site. This deal runs from now until September 8, 2021 at 14:00 CET. 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08-18 (Update: 2021-08-18)