While many manufacturers are resorting to either live with the notch or punch out holes in the display, ZTE is taking a lateral route to keep its display free from option. Two upcoming models – the ZTE Axon S and Axon V – will feature its cameras in unusual locations on the phone.
The Axon S takes inspiration from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3‘s sliding mechanism, but turned sideways – literally. Both the main camera and front-facing camera array will sit in a sideways slider that pop up when in use. If the image renders are anything to go by, it appears that the display can slide both left and right, with each side exposing the corresponding camera systems.
Speaking of cameras, the ones on the Axon S will reportedly include a 48MP, 19MP, and a third unspecified camera that could offer 5x optical zoom. The main camera will also feature a f/1.7 – f/2.4 variable aperture, while another will have an f/3.8 fixed aperture. Additionally OLED displays, under-screen fingerprint sensor and a high screen-to-body ratio will also be on the table with the Axon S.
Meanwhile, the Axon V seems to take the camera bulge to a new level. While its dual main cameras are traditionally situated at the back of the phone, the selfie cameras will live in a unique housing on the right side of the phone.
Clearly, this means that the phone will not be symmetrical, but the good news is that you still get a 6.8-inch OLED display with a 21:9 ratio. Unhindered by notches or thick bezels. On top of that, ZTE might just install bigger batteries into Axon V, now that the selfie cameras has been moved away from the main body.
So far, ZTE has been keeping mum on the availability of the Axon S and Axon V. When it comes out, however, it will definitely surprise the market with its design.