Invisible selfie cameras make appearance as ZTE Axon 20 5G launches

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Invisible selfie cameras are now a reality - with the ZTE Axon 20 5G now having been officially launched. But what is all the fuss about? For the last few years, camera phone manufacturers have been trying to get the screen to cover as much of the front surface of the handset as they can. The dream of a true infinity screen without an edge to the display has been hampered up until now by the need to incorporate a front camera – the photo and video shooting device that you use when taking selfies.

The selfie camera breaks the screen... this used always to be in a strip along the top of the phone. But in recent years, the use of punch holes and notches in the display has allowed to minimize the intrusion of the camera in the display. The closest to creating an infinity screen has been by incorporating the selfie camera into a pop-up device - first seen on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.