ZTE’s dual screen Axon M phone is coming exclusively to AT&T in the US
For the past few weeks, there have been leaks about ZTE’s mysterious dual screen phone the Axon M. We even got an exclusive peek at it from Android Authority awhile back. But today’s the day it finally gets official as ZTE took to the stage in NYC to give us all of the details.
By the Numbers
The ZTE Axon M is the latest in ZTE’s premium entertainment focused Axon line of phones. The Axon M includes two 5.2-inch 1080p displays attached by a folding hinge. When expanded this equates to a 6.75-inch Full HD display that can be held in portrait or landscape orientation. Inside the ZTE Axon M is powered by a Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, and includes 64GB of storage expandable with a microSD card. While the SD 821 isn’t the latest chip from Qualcomm, it is only one generation behind and no slouch in the performance department. The Axon M is launching with Android 7.1.2 out of the box with a promise of an Oreo update coming in the future.
When closed up both screens are exposed and the built-in fingerprint scanner is on the side of the phone housed in the power button. The body is made entirely of metal, making it sturdy when folded or unfolded and it uses a set of stereo speakers. One speaker on the bottom while another is in the earpiece powered by Dolby Atmos Audio. Even with squeezing a 3180mAh battery in a phone that uses two screens, ZTE was still able to find a way to include a headphone jack, unlike some other OEMs.
The camera is another interesting facet on a phone designed such as this because there is only one camera. The single-camera on the Axon M is a 20MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, dual LED flash, and unfortunately, doesn’t feature optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera on the ZTE Axon M becomes the rear-facing camera by flipping it around in it’s closed up form. This could be great for all of those who always wished their selfie camera was as good as the rear camera.
Dual Screens Means More Multitasking
The two screens on the ZTE Axon M are undoubtedly the standout feature here. They come with four different modes. Traditional mode is with the phone closed up and it is used like a regular single screen phone. Dual mode uses both screens to show something different on either screen. For instance, using your calendar on one screen and email on the other, watching videos on one screen while tweeting on the other, or shopping on Amazon while texting. Extended mode allows you to use both screens as one large screen, offering an almost tablet-like experience except with a seam down the middle. Mirror mode was shown off by setting the phone up in tent mode to share videos, play games, or have a conference call at a meeting.
The ZTE Axon M is definitely a standout phone of 2017 by taking a chance and trying something different. The dual screen design is still new territory for manufacturers and ZTE has beat a lot of them to the punch with this. This could be great for people who multitask or want a tablet in their pocket. Only time will tell if it’s a gimmick or a revolutionary new feature.
If you’d like to jump in feet first and find out you can pick one up from AT&T beginning next month for $24.17 a month for a total of 30 months on AT&T Next with eligible service.