The ZTE Axon 20 5G is the first smartphone to launch with an under-screen camera. The technology is expected to democratize this year, but according to DxOMark’s test on the phone’s selfie camera, we can only see that the cameras under the screen still have to improve a lot before offering similar results to current smartphones. .
DxOMark carried out a full review of this revolutionary smartphone, but the result is very disappointing, with a very low rating of 26 points. The best smartphone for selfies, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, got an overall rating of 104.
ZTE, the Chinese manufacturer, launched the first smartphone with a camera under the screen last September. Although the ZTE Axon 20 5G is the first to introduce this technology, it is known that many other manufacturers are actively working to offer it on their smartphones.
This is for example the case of Xiaomi, which unveiled its own technology last summer. From the few tests we had seen of their underscreen camera solution, this one looked a lot more successful than that of ZTE, which has certainly advanced the release of its smartphone too far to be the first to offer this technology, at the expense of quality.
ZTE flop on DXOMARK with its camera under the screen
The 32 MP front camera of the ZTE Axon 20 5G did not shine in DXOMARK’s test. Indeed, the website notes big problems in terms of white balance and colorimetry, which is actually not surprising considering that the camera is located behind a screen. Artifacts and noise are also very presents and the image quality is further degraded when the screen above the camera actively emits light.
On the video side, ZTE Axon 20 5G results were no better, since it presents the same problems as in the photo. The smartphone also offers poor stabilization, and a lot of artifacts in low light. The biggest challenge with this technology is that the sensor can pick up enough light to offer a rendering similar to current smartphones, but this is clearly not the case yet. Technologies from other manufacturers are expected to be much more advanced.
Cameras under the screen shouldn’t be just for smartphones, since the Korean giant Samsung has said it wants to introduce it for the first time on its laptops. Its first phone to take advantage of it is expected to be its 2021 premium folding smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Source : DXOMARK