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ZTE Axon 30 Review: Invisible Camera, Visible Disappointment

ZTE Axon 30 Review: Invisible Camera, Visible Disappointment

ZTE Axon 30 Review 5G

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Smartphones have come a long way since their inception. We’ve seen ones that fold or flip, to those that entirely swivel out. And there’s a couple of phones that bury the camera under the screen as well. In this review, I’ll be discussing the ZTE Axon 30 5G, which is technically the world’s first phone featuring a second-gen under-display camera.

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ZTE Axon 30 Specifications:

  • Body: 77.8 x 170.2 x 7.8mm, 189 gm, 3D composite polymer material with nano-level glow texture
  • Display: 6.92-inches AMOLED panel, 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 3, 100% DCI-P3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2460 x 1080 pixels), 20.5:9 aspect ratio, 400 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with ZTE’s MyOS 11 on top
  • Rear Camera: Quad (with LED flash);
    – 64MP, f/1.8 Sony IMX682 sensor
    – 8MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 120º FOV
    – 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
    – 2MP, f/2.4 portrait lens
  • Front Camera: 16MP f/2.45 sensor (under-display)
  • Audio: Loudspeaker, No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Security: Optical in-display fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C, NFC, 5G
  • Battery: 4200mAh with 65W fast charging (65W adapter provided)
  • Color Options: Black, Aqua
  • Price in Nepal: N/A (not launched yet)

ZTE Axon 30 Review:

Design and Build

  • 77.8 x 170.2 x 7.8mm, 189 grams
  • Glass front, polycarbonate back/frame

I’ve been using the Axon 30 for quite some time now—before Tihar vacations actually—which has been helpful in highlighting its perks and foibles.

With its 6.93-inch screen, there’s no denying that it’s a rather gigantic piece of tech. More impressively, ZTE has managed to keep the phone’s thickness to just 7.8mm and the weight as low as 189 grams. Plus, the weight distribution is equally balanced. But because of its sheer size, the phone won’t be as ergonomic on everyone’s hands.

The limitations

Here, the Axon 30 retains the design DNA of last year’s Axon 20, with two glossy color options—Black and Aqua. I have it in black, which does look quite premium, although the back is actually made of plastic. And its glossiness means that the phone is also prone to fingerprints or smudges.

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So, you’ll have to keep it covered with a case to avoid the constant struggle of cleaning the back panel. Aside from this, the Axon 30 is void of any IP rating as well. Likewise, the Gorilla Glass 3 protection on display is too underwhelming for an upper mid-range phone of 2021.

Instead, the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G gets an IP67 rating and a Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Moreover, flipping the phone sideways to the right reveals the volume and the power button, the latter of which has a nice texture to ease identification.

On the bottom, there’s a mono speaker, a USB-C connection, and a dual SIM slot that accepts either two n

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