Although India has yet to officially implement 5G network services, several telecom giants also phone manufacturers are already paving this way for a smooth transition. The Chinese giant Oppo has decided to make India a major 5G innovation hub. Oppo today announced that it has created a 5G innovation lab at its Hyderabad R&D center.

This is Oppo’s first overseas innovation center, outside of China. The lab will not only focus on the development of core 5G technologies but will help accelerate its deployment in India, possibly in 2021. Even Mukesh Ambani, President and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, wants the government to accelerate the implementation process and 5G spectrum auction.

The Indian 5G lab will contribute to the advancement of core 5G technologies and hardware for the whole world. They will lead “innovation for other countries, including the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Japan, and Europe,” according to the press release. Oppo is working closely with industry spouses, including Airtel, Jio, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, among others, to make a reliable 5G experience for smartphone users in India.

In addition to the 5G innovation lab, Oppo aims to establish three more labs “dedicated to camera, power, and battery to continue to fulfill its commitment to breakthrough innovation,” according to the press release. The company didn’t mention it clearly, but it looks like the Hyderabad R&D center will soon be a core innovation hub for Oppo.

Phone inventors are already selling 5G smartphones in India. While most of them are limited to the flagship and mid-range segment, we can expect inexpensive 5G phones with MediaTek Dimensity technology to launch in India very soon. Jio is also trying to launch its 5G network services in the second half of 2021. So yes, India will soon be one of the few countries to offer super-fast and indigenous 5G services.

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Although Xiaomi and Oppo have showcased their under-screen selfie camera prototypes in the past, ZTE had been teasing the first business phone with an under-screen camera for a long time. Also today, at a virtual launch event, ZTE officially launched the Axon 20 5G as the first under-display camera smartphone in China. It also has 5G support, a 64MP quad rear camera, and fast charging.

ZTE Axon 20 5G: Specs & Features

Axon 20 5G features a 6.92-inch Full-HD + OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch response rate. The panel features a 20.5: 9 aspect ratio, 2460 x 1080 resolution, and 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut support. The highlight, however, will be the full-screen bezel-less display with no notches, perforations, or even a pop-up module to house the selfie camera.

Yes, the move away from the bezels has been creeping up on to this day, when the selfie camera doesn’t get in the way of the immersive experience. You now have a full screen for watching movies, playing games, and more. The device can also be waterproof with the use of this technology, without worrying about moving parts.

ZTE Axon 20 5G has a 32MP selfie camera that sits below the screen. ZTE managed to hide the camera below the screen quite well. How was it possible? Well, ZTE is using a combination of technologies to accomplish this feat today. The company is not only using a special pixel array and special display material with higher transmittance (ability to pass light) but also a dual control chip and driver circuit to handle how the pixels work on the module. the camera.

How does the Axon 20 5G improve the image quality of selfies? Well, it uses a triple proactive algorithm that employs automatic dynamic range adjustment, contrast enhancement, and smart demisting for clarity.

Following the hood, Axon 20 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset. You will find up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage on board this device. Launch Android 10-based Mifavor 10.5 UI out of the box. The smartphone, of course, supports dual-mode 5G (SA / NSA), WiFi optimization features, and 12 onboard antennas.

As for the quad camera on the rear, the Axon 20 5G includes a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with 120-degree FOV, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The smartphone supports 4K video recording at 60FPS with a vlog mode, AI video subtitles, and HDR support in real-time.

The device comes with a 4220 mAh battery including 30 W fast charging support via USB Type-C port out of the box.

Price and Availability

ZTE Axon 20 5G is priced quite attractively in China. The basic 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 2,198 (around Rs. 23,500), the 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 2,498 (around Rs. 26,690) and the high-end variant is 8GB + 256GB. It is priced at CNY 2,798 (about Rs 29,900).

The device will be available in four color variants: black, white, orange, and blue. It is now available for pre-order and will go on sale from September 10 in China. It is currently unknown whether ZTE plans to launch the Axon 20 5G globally or not.

MediaTek advances to expand its 5G chipset lineup with the launch of new Dimensity chipsets. The chipmaker today announced the Dimensity 800U chipset and it can essentially be seen as a younger brother to the Dimensity 800 from earlier this year. It’s the company’s sixth-dimensional chipset and will help bring 5G connectivity to more mid-range phones in the coming months.

MediaTek Dimensity 800U: Specs

The Dimensity 800U is an eight-core chipset manufactured using the 7nm TSMC FinFET process. It includes two ARM Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of up to 2.4GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of up to 2.0GHz. It is paired with the ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, which is also onboard the 800 and 720 dimensions.

On top titles, game launch times are up to 1.4 seconds quicker than the Dimensity 700 series, while benchmarks are up to 11% faster on CPU and 28% faster in GPU performance, “tells MediaTek on the Dimensity 800U official home page. The chipset comes with a built-in 5G modem, which supports Dual-SIM Dual-Standby, 5G dual-mode (SA / NSA), and carrier aggregation. It’s also backed by MediaTek’s 5G UltraSave technology.

This chipset includes a separate artificial intelligence processing unit (APU) for the camera and security enhancements. Supports up to 12GB of 2133MHz LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.2 storage. In addition, you will find screens up to 120 Hz onboard phones with Dimensity 800U technology. It supports up to Full-HD + resolution displays, along with MediaTek’s MiraVision technology that enhances the playback of HDR10 + content.

As for the cameras, the chipset hits a 64MP single sensor or a 20MP + 16MP dual-camera system. It supports 4K video recording, HDR-ISP, multi-frame noise reduction, and other out-of-the-box camera features.

Dimensity 800U vs Dimensity 800

There is only a slight difference between MediaTek Dimensity 800 and 800U. The first includes 2 Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.4 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores up to 2.0 GHz, while the second includes 4 Cortex-A76 cores up to 2.6 GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 cores of up to 2.0 GHz. The GPU clock speed will vary but is essentially the same.

Additionally, support for key hardware components – including a 120Hz display, up to 64MP cameras, LPDDR4X RAM (up to 2133MHz), and UFS 2.1 storage – remains the same.

Dimensity 800U now joins the ranks of Dimensity 1000, 1000+, 800, 820, and 800 to bring 5G connectivity to a wider audience. However, MediaTek’s 5G chipsets have been limited to phones in China to date. The company claims we will see the global launch of Dimensity-powered phones in Q4 2020.

Reliance is holding its annual general body annual meeting, and the company is announcing a lot of things. Jio has already announced Jio TV + and Jio Glass, and now, the company has also unveiled its 5G plans for India.

The company says it is ready to start implementing Jio 5G as soon as the government allocates spectrum to operators. Additionally, Jio employees internally build the entire Jio 5G stack. That should be a great victory for the company. After all, and the entire Indian network could attract people, especially in today’s harsh weather.

Apart from this, the company talked about all the benefits and applications of 5G. Jio hopes his 5G network will transform every aspect of life in India. The company aims for better remote medical care, especially in rural areas, and the digitization of agriculture. Jio also spoke about 5G applications in autonomous cars.

Regardless, we don’t know much more about Jio’s 5G network right now, considering that the company made a fairly generic announcement. However, judging from Jio’s 4G networks, it may be the most affordable 5G network in India. At a minimum, that should incentivize other operators to quickly move to 5G and provide services at a competitive price. Therefore, it is a mutual benefit for us as consumers.