Announcement. ZTE Axon 30S - a micro-upgrade of a smartphone with an under-screen camera?

ZTE has announced the ZTE Axon 30S smartphone in its native China.

Axon 30S

As far as it can be judged by external signs,we have a copy of last year's ZTE Axon 30. Only the color set has changed, and the Android version has been updated to the current twelfth. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that there are some changes that are simply not visible to our naked eyes. But if we still cannot find out about them, then what, one wonders, does it matter to us?

Axon 30

ZTE Axon 30S, like its ancestor, is a smartphone withfront camera hidden under the screen. The Axon 30 had a "second generation" camera. Is it worth it in the Axon 30S or something more recent - that's the main question.

About the characteristics.

The chipset is the “almost flagship” Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (about seven hundred thousand points in AnTuTu).

A decent amount of memory. 8 or 12 GB operational, 128 or 256 GB permanent. Support for memory cards is also available.

AMOLED screen. Huge, as much as 6.92″ (114 cm²). The resolution is 1080×2460, which gives 388 ppi. The maximum refresh rate is up to 120Hz.

The battery capacity is modest, only 4200 mAh. But the charging speed is as much as 55 watts.

The set of rear cameras is quite standard. 64+8+5+2 MP. Main module, wide-angle, macro, depth sensor. The resolution of the front camera is 16 MP.

Other. There is support for 5G networks, a sixth Wi-Fi, an NFC module. The fingerprint scanner, of course, as well as the front camera, is also hidden under the screen.

So far, the smartphone will only be sold in China. The prices are extremely humane. ¥1698 (₽13800, $238) and ¥2198 (₽17900, $308) for the 8+128 and 12+256 GB versions respectively.

Key Features of ZTE Axon 30S:

ScreenAMOLED, 6.92″, 114 cm², 1080 × 2460, 388 ppi, 120 Hz, 1B (10 bit) colors, touch, capacitive, multi-touch
IronQualcomm Snapdragon 870
3.2 GHz, 1 x Kryo 585 (Cortex-A77), 3 x Kryo 585 (Cortex-A77), 4 x Kryo 585 (Cortex-A55), Adreno 650
Memory RAM 8-12 GB, ROM 128-256 GB, Micro-SD up to 2 TB
Mobile Internet5G
Mobile Networks5G Bands 1,3,28,41,78
LTE Bands 1,3-5,7,8,12,17,20,34,38-41
UMTS Bands 1 (2100), 2 (1900), 5 (850), 8 (900)
GSM Bands 2 (1900), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 8 (900)
CDMA 800
Battery Li-Pol, 4200 mAh, fast charging 55.00 W
Dimensions170.2 x 77.8 x 7.8 mm
Weight189 g
Rear Camera: Quad, Flash, Auto Focus

- 64 MP

- 8 MP wide-angle

- 5 MP, macro

- 2 MP, depth sensor
front camera: 16 MP, no flash, no autofocus
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
OSAndroid 12
Sensors Fingerprint scanner (screen), NFC
USBType-C v2.0, USB-OTG

George Kiselyov