ZTE has already announced that it will launch the first mass-produced 5G-enabled smartphone with an under-display camera in China next month. Now the company has released new images that will give us a better understanding of what the screen on this phone might actually look like (via the Dutch website Tweakers).
In the render at the top of this post, you can see that the phone dubbed the ZTE Axon 20 5G has no visible camera on top – no punch, no notch. The rendering was shared by ZTE's mobile device president Ni Fei on Chinese social media network Weibo.
And in this next rendering, also shared by Fei on Weibo, you can get an idea of what this camera-less screen might look like when it's on. It looks pretty neat, if you ask me, even with that touch of the lower bezel. (There is always the possibility that one of the black dots that represent other types of cameras is an actual viewable camera on the Axon 20 5G, but that's unlikely given what ZTE said about the upcoming phone.)
ZTE isn't the first to talk about an under-display camera – a number of phone manufacturers have been following the technology, including Oppo and Xiaomi. However, it is still unclear whether these cameras will work as well as you are used to from your iPhone or Pixel. Engadget said the under-screen selfie camera in an Oppo prototype had "room for improvement in terms of clarity and color accuracy" as early as June 2019, and we don't yet know if ZTE's new camera will have similar issues.
ZTE also didn't say whether the Axon 20 5G will hit the market anywhere outside of China. So if you've been waiting for a selfie camera under the screen and don't live there, you may have to wait a little longer and give it a try.