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ZTE Axon 30 5G Released – Meet The Cheapest Under Display Camera Phone!

Invisible front camera!

Back in 2020, ZTE was the first one to introduce the under-display camera technology inside the ZTE Axon 20. Today, ZTE brings the 2nd generation of under-display camera technology to the newly released ZTE Axon 30 5G series. The series consists of the standard Axon 30 with Snapdragon 870 and Axon 30 Ultra with Snapdragon 888. This article explains the standard Axon 30 5G version.

Some accomplishments made by ZTE Axon 30:

  • World’s first 400PPI under-screen camera phone
  • World’s first 120Hz high-resolution under-screen camera phone
  • World’s first under-display camera phone with three major certifcations (eye certification)
  • Currently the world’s cheapest under-display camera phone

So let’s move to the details and know more about the phone:

ZTE Axon 30 5G – Much Better Invisible Front Camera!

Design & Appearance

The ZTE Axon 30 5G has a front and back glass build with a plastic frame. The body is only 7.8mm thick and weighs around 189 grams.

ZTE Axon 30 5G full screen

On the front, we witness a clear true full-screen display without any notch or punch-hole. In comparison to the previous Axon 20, the forehead and the chin have been reduced for a better screen-to-body ratio which is 85.9% instead of 84.8%.

The most visible change can be seen in the under-display camera section which integrates and adapts to the screen way better than the last year’s Axon 20. The under-display camera on the front screen is barely noticeable now despite the larger camera pixel.

ZTE Axon 30 5G front display

For now, the phone is available in two color options:

  • Black
  • Aqua
ZTE Axon 30 5G design
The two color options of ZTE Axon 30

The phone certainly has a unique look when looking at the rear. For the camera section, we see two large circles, the first one integrating the primary camera, and the second one featuring the other three. The entire camera section slightly bulges out of the case.

ZTE Axon 30 5G rear camera

A silver line comes out of the camera section and goes all the way to the bottom left. Moreover, the striking pattern at the rear also further contributes to its unique design. The company altogether calls this ‘dynamic streamline aesthetic design’.

ZTE Axon 30 5G back

Screen & Display

The display is one of the greatest highlights of the Axon 30 5G. The phone is with a true full screen of 6.92-inch with an incredible 1.07 billion-color AMOLED display having a resolution of 2460 x 1080 (FHD+). The pixel density is as high as 400ppi, and it supports a 120Hz ultra-high refresh rate.

At the same time, the ZTE Axon 30’s screen also specifically uses a more slender 20.5:9 screen ratio, 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, matching all colors in the digital image, with DTS: XUltra 3D sound effects providing both unmatched visuals and sound experience.

ZTE Axon 30 5G also added three new smart display controls this time:

  • Smart pixel enhancement control and smart optimized display control, which have a stronger blessing on the display of the camera area under the screen
  • The multi-drive ACE circuit arrangement makes the transition of the camera area under the screen more natural.
  • The 7-layer screen structure, special OLED and more transparent cathodes, and high-transmittance arrays create better conditions for the camera under the screen.
ZTE Axon 30 5G front camera
Can you see the front camera?

It can be seen that the screen quality of ZTE Axon 30 5G has a leap-forward upgrade compared to the previous generation, bringing the proactive under-screen screen effect to the point of practicality, which will also play an important role in the popularization of under-screen cameras.

Hardware & Performance

The new ZTE 30 is powered by Snapdragon 870 5G SoC. Based on the 7nm process, it’s a 1+3+4 tri cluster design with Adreno 650 as the GPU. The performance is better than Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus, but lower than Snapdragon 888 and 888 Plus.

The SoC is further accompanied by 6/8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage which is expandable via the microSD slot (hybrid slot).

Along with the physical RAM, the phone also supports adding virtual memory up to 8GB. With the 12GB physical memory + 8GB virtual memory, ZTE Axon 5G is also the world’s first 20GB RAM phone.

To deal with the heat dissipation, The triple ice-cooling system, consisting of a large VC liquid cooling plate, thermal gel, and graphene copper-based composite material.


Starting with the front camera, ZTE Axon 30 is equipped with a 16MP large-size front camera, a single-pixel size that can reach 1.12um, and also support a 4-in-1 binding process capturing 2.24um pixels.

According to the official introduction, ZTE relies on tens of thousands of sets of data, through AI deep learning for model training, and finally achieved the revolutionary upgrade of the proactive intelligence algorithm 2.0, allowing users to use AI image quality even in scenes with darker ambient light. Enhancement technology greatly improves the resolution of the picture, thereby improving the problems of underexposure and obvious noise during hand shooting, and greatly improving the practicality of under-screen proactive.

Moving to the rear camera, we have a quad-rear camera design where the main camera is the 64MP Sony IMX682 accompanied by 8MP ultra-wide angle + 5MP macro + 2MP depth-of-field camera.

Rear Camera Modes & Features

  • Smart Vlog short video shooting
  • Built-in diversified smart shooting templates
  • AI filter
  • Beautify filter
  • Smart timer
  • Pro mode
  • GPS Location addition
  • Smart sharing

Connectivity & Network

Axon 30 supports the latest 5G networking. It has a dual SIM hybrid slot with the option to either add two SIMs or one SIM and MicroSD card. The company highlights the full-scene “anti-lock” antenna system. Whether it is held vertically or horizontally, the 5G antenna is always working and supports multi-function NFC.

The phone also features WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, USB OTG, and NFC. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack.


ZTE Axon 30 has a built-in 4200mAh battery, supports 55W fast charging via its USB Type-C Gen3.1 supporting both USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4+.

ZTE Axon 30 5G charger

Price & Availability

At the moment, the global release is still in progress. However, the phone has debuted in China with a total of four versions:

  • 6+128GB for 2,198 yuan (339 USD / 287 euros / Rs.25,209 INR)
  • 8+128GB for 2,498 yuan (383 USD / 324 euros / Rs.28,600 INR)
  • 8+256GB for 2,798 yuan (430 USD / 364 euros / Rs.32,036 INR)
  • 12+256GB is 3,098 yuan (476 USD / 403 euros / Rs.35,463 INR)

Update: According to The global version will be releasing in September.