Android manufacturer ZTE, generally viewed as a budget device maker, is willing to take that challenge head on, with a new Axon M device that looks more like a Nintendo 3DS then a modern smartphone. It is the ZTE Axon M that has just got launched. The Axon M, with two displays connected by a hinge, is the interim solution until the future arrives. "The mobile technology ecosystem and consumer habits have evolved over the past several years, but the smartphone design has only slightly varied throughout that time until today, with the introduction of the Axon M", said Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.
ZTE uses Android's native "split-screen" feature to allow two different apps to run on separate screens.
The new Axon M, isn't exactly the kind of foldable smartphone one would imagine. Android apps that do not have a tablet version are typically limited to use on one display and can not be stretched across the entire 6.75-inch combined screen.
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We have been hearing about Samsung working on a foldable phone for quite long, but before it could actually launch it, ZTE stole the thunder with its first in the industry dual-screen smartphone. Unfortunately, the dual screens make for a rather thick smartphone, measuring 150.8 x 71.6 x 12.1mm and weighing a chunky 230g. "Mirror mode" will duplicate the same content on both screens for some reason, and "traditional" seems like it will turn off the extra screen for a normal smartphone experience. Consumers can make phone calls, text, browse the web and more from one screen when folded, fitting easily into a pocket.
Samsung's first foldable phone is likely to debut next year, it is believed. AT&T has the exclusive in the U.S. from next month and will charge Dollars 24.17 per month on a 30-month contract with an eligible service plan. ZTE has come out with the ZTE Axon M. It may be a flip phone. It also boasts dual speakers and a 3.5mm headset jack. The device packs 64GB inbuilt storage.
Traditional: Simply disabling the second screen provides a traditional smartphone experience and likely saves battery power. The rear-facing camera sports a 20MP sensor with dual image stabilization, and a dual LED flash, and it can record 4k video at 30fps. Under the hood is a 3,180mAh battery also with QC 3.0 rapid charging support. At the moment, ZTE plans to bring the Azon M in the US, China, Europe and Japan.