ZTE Launches Axon 30 with Hidden Front Camera
ZTE today announced the Axon 30, a more affordable sibling to the already-announced Axon 30 Ultra flagship phone. The Axon 30 is launching today in China, with a global version coming soon. The phone is notable for having a selfie camera completely hidden under the display. 7 layers of highly transparent materials and 3 special processing technologies are used to make the camera area of the display more light-transmissive, and thus sufficiently transparent to the camera. The AMOLED display also features 120 Hz refresh, 360 Hz touch sampling rate, full HD resolution, and 10-bit color depth. The Axon 30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870G chipset. ZTE's "memory fusion technology" allows free storage space to "expand the running memory by up to 5GB". The rear cameras include a 64 megapixel main camera, wide-angle camera, and macro camera. The phone has a 4,200 mAh battery and 55-watt fast charging. Pricing and launch date for the global version are yet to be announced.
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Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
After "soft-launching" with the Plex phone last year, TCL is now previewing its first widely-available lineup of own-brand phones: the 10 series, all of which offer premium features for under $500. TCL officially announced very few details of the three phones, but shared more with Phone Scoop in a hands-on session.
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ZTE today announced the US launch details for its new Axon 30 Ultra flagship phone. It will be available starting June 4th for $749.
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Getting a 5G phone for Verizon just got a lot more affordable with the introduction of the TCL 10 5G UW. The phone is notable for several reasons.
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Motorola has launched its third-generation moto razr (2022) foldable phone, but only in China for now. It's unclear if the phone will come to other regions, although the Chinese web site for the phone does tout its global network support with a whopping 19 5G bands and 27 4G bands.
Innovation Not Dead Yet
I know that other people's needs and wants are different from my own, but I've never used a front-facing camera, not once, and I resent the inclusion of a so-called "feature" that, to me, is merely unsightly and unnecessary. While Apple's notch houses much more than just the front camera, with FaceID sensors and a couple of early-warning radar arrays in there for good measure, I still find the screen space around the notch just slightly off-putting, especially when viewing webpages in landscape mode. Many of them don't scale properly, and you're left with the not...