31 May 2019
Late last year we saw a couple of devices which came with a sliding display to hide the front-facing camera. We also had quite a few devices with a pop-up mechanical camera setup and a few in a hole-punch camera. This was a result of brands trying to avoid the front facing notch, which has divided opinion.
Now, the Chinese company ZTE is rumored to be working on a new slider mechanism to reveal the camera sensors on the phone. Unlike the Honor Magic 2 or the Mi Mix 3, the ZTE Axon S is said to have a sideways sliding mechanism which will house both the front and the rear camera setup.
Spotted by an Italian publication, Notebook Italia, the Axon S’s display may slide horizontally to reveal the dual front-facing camera setup and a triple rear camera setup which may include a 48- megapixel and a 19-megapixel rear camera. One of these sensors is said to have at least 5X optical zoom capabilities as well. Other key features may include an in-display fingerprint sensor and an AMOLED display.
A 5G version of ZTE Axon S is also said to be in works and though there is no confirmation on the pricing part, however, knowing ZTE, the pricing won’t be an issue at all.
In a piece of related news, renders of another ZTE bezel-less device the Axon V have surfaced. Renders suggest that this device takes a different route altogether to avoid the notch. The above renders suggest that that the device may have a regular dual rear camera setup while the front-facing 3D camera which is composed of a dual camera setup aligned vertically and may be placed on a fixed ‘wing’ which branches out from the top right corner.
The Axon V is said to come with a 6.8-inch 21:9 ratio OLED display with a near 100% screen to body ratio and a larger battery pack. However, its the bizarre asymmetrical design that is grabbing many eyeballs at the moment.
While we do not have any information about the launch date of both the devices nor is there any guarantee that these designs will ever be released. However, but these are surely interesting concept designs where brands are trying hard to find the best possible solution to the notch.