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ZTE will launch its second-gen under-display camera at MWC Shanghai 2021

ZTE teases its MWC Shanghai showcase. (Source: Weibo)
ZTE teases its MWC Shanghai showcase. (Source: Weibo)
ZTE's CEO, Ni Fei, has confirmed that his company will bring the next generation of its under-display camera to the upcoming MWC Shanghai event. This technology, which features in the OEM's Axon 20 5G, enables a selfie shooter to completely conceal itself underneath the display. Its upgraded form might allow for enhanced functionality, Face Unlock included.

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ZTE was the first Android OEM to bring the under-display camera (UDC) to this market in 2020. It came in the form of the Axon 20 5G, which thus boasts an edge-to-edge screen without resorting to tactics such as pop-up selfie cameras.

It has not all been good news for the phone as a result, however: the Axon 20's selfie performance has just been panned by DxOMark, after all. Nevertheless, it remains that the UDC technology means you don't have to look at a distracting punch-hole all day. In any case, ZTE may yet address some of its apparent issues at the upcoming MWC Shanghai 2021.

This event, which begins 3 days from today (on February 23, 2020) will indeed be treated to a first look at ZTE's second-gen UDC. This may imply the potential for its demonstration in the Axon 30 or 30 Pro, although the OEM's CEO, Ni Fei, has not mentioned this in his new Weibo post.

However, the executive did let a reference to something called "the world's first under-screen 3D structured light technology" slip. This (Google-translated) term might be applied to what might be required for facial recognition via a UDC. Therefore, its second generation might also be capable of under-screen Face Unlock as well.

Get a UDC-like experience today with a OnePlus 7T Pro from Amazon!

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-20 (Update: 2021-02-20)