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ZTE: Axon 40 Ultra for 829 euros uses under-display camera

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The Chinese mobile communications equipment supplier and smartphone manufacturer ZTE has decided to launch the Axon 40 Ultra flagship, which was presented in May, in Germany, among other places, from June 21. A distinctive feature of the smartphone is the under-display camera for a screen without cutouts.

ZTE initially announced the Axon 40 Ultra in May only for China, but at the end of June the availability will be extended to North America, Europe including Germany, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Two configurations of the smartphone are planned: 8 GB/128 GB for 829 euros and 12 GB/256 GB for 949 euros. Those who pre-order by June 21 should be able to purchase a coupon from ZTE for EUR 1.99, which grants a discount of EUR 50 on the smartphone. However, if you currently call up the manufacturer’s shop, you will get an error message.

6.8-inch display with under-display camera

At 6.8 inches, the Axon 40 Ultra has an unusually large screen, even among large smartphones, which offers 1,116 × 2,480 pixels, is slightly curved towards the edges and apparently has no cut-outs for a selfie camera. The company relies on what it says is the third generation of an “Under Display Camera” (UDC) that works with 16 megapixels. A UDC is also used, for example, in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Samsung, but with only 4 megapixels and more or less clearly visible structuring depending on the viewing angle of the panel.

ZTE explains that the UDC has been integrated into the Axon 40 Ultra in such a way that it is hardly noticeable. The company relies on a special control of the pixels in the UDC area and a transparent wiring for the circuit, which eliminates the accumulation of circuits at the edge of the screen in the UDC area. The quality of the camera itself has also been improved and provided with HDR support, since the pixels with a size of up to 2.24 μm can be used. That sounds a lot like ZTE also using pixel binning with effectively 4 megapixels, depending on the ambient light, in order to generate a higher light sensitivity for the UDC range.

Triple camera with 64 megapixels each

On the back, ZTE relies on three sensors, each with 64 megapixels. The primary camera has a focal length of 35 mm and is supported by an OIS, while the ultra wide-angle camera has a focal length of 16 mm. The latter has been equipped with an autofocus to enable close-up macro photos of up to 4 cm. The periscope zoom, which is also equipped with OIS, works with a focal length of 91 mm and thus a 2.7-fold optical magnification compared to the wide-angle camera. In video mode, recordings can be made with up to 8K resolution thanks to the image processor.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

The ISP sits in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which ZTE pairs with 8 GB or 12 GB LPDDR5 and 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.1, depending on the variant. Compared to the previous Axon 30 Ultra, the capacity of the battery has been increased from 4,600 to 5,000 mAh. The current model charges up to 65 watts.

The Axon 40 Ultra comes to Germany with Android 12 and in black and gray.

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