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ZTE Axon 20 5G’ low DxOMark selfie score shows under-display cameras have a long way to go


The ZTE Axon 20 5G is one of the first devices to launch with an under-display selfie camera. The technology is expected to pick up this year, but based on DxOMark’s review of the phone’s selfie camera, it shows that under-display cameras still have a pretty long way to go.

ZTE Axon 20 5G DxOMark Selfie score

DxOMark has awarded the phone an overall selfie score of 26! That is miles from the 104 points scored by the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, or for a fair comparison, the 88 points scored by the Mi 10 Ultra.

The review lab says in its review that the Axon 20 5G’s 32MP selfie camera is plagued by a host of image quality problems, though its exposure and focus are fairly stable. The overall score is broken down into 10 points for photo and 51 points for video.

ZTE Axon 20 5G DxOMark Selfie score

Some of the major issues are the phone’s narrow dynamic range and underexposure in very low light. That is not surprising considering the camera is sitting behind the display. The Axon 20 also struggles with colors in photos and there are visible white balance casts regardless of the condition you shoot in.

ZTE Axon 20 5G Group Selfie
ZTE Axon 20 5G Group Selfie | Source: DxOMark

For videos, the phone does a bit better but still sits almost at the bottom of DxOMark’s list. The low dynamic range is said to result in clipping in both shadows and highlights. There is color degradation and the noise level is high in all shooting conditions.

The Axon 20 5G may have found a neat way to hide the selfie camera but if you enjoy taking selfies or frequently use your phone for video calls, then you should avoid it. You can read the full review here


ZTE’s upcoming Axon 30 Pro 5G will bring the second generation of under-display selfie cameras and it is expected to be better than its predecessor. However, it remains to be seen how many improvements it will bring.



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