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ZTE says the Axon 11 is currently the lightest 5G smartphone on the market at 168g. (Picture: ZTE)

ZTE launches new video-focused 5G Axon 11

ZTE is betting that 5G will make video more important for smartphones

This article originally appeared on ABACUS

Chinese smartphone and telecom equipment maker ZTE launched a new 5G phone on Monday, promoting it as the lightest 5G phone available. The ZTE Axon 11 is also being touted for its video capabilities, which ZTE hopes will appeal to vloggers and fans of short video apps like TikTok.

"5G networks have given birth to demand for large and high-definition video,” said Xu Feng, president of ZTE's devices business. This also presents more challenges for networks, which need higher requirements to keep up with demand, he added.

The Axon 11 has a 64-megapixel main camera that can shoot 4K, 60fps video. The front of the handset is also equipped with a 20-megapixel selfie camera. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. It’s currently on sale in China starting at 2,698 yuan (US$380) with a global rollout expected soon.

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