ZTE points to the future with the first foldable, dual-screen smartphone


Samsung has always been rumored to be working on a foldable phone called the Galaxy X, tipped to appear in 2018 or 2019, though that is supposedly being made from one single seamless display rather than two hooked together.

ZTE is targeting mobile video fans with a new "foldable" smartphone featuring dual screens that enables owners to use two apps at the same time.

The Axon M is not as thick as any of the above mentioned devices and is certainly better looking. "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. More exactly, the ZTE Axon M has two separate (flat, non-bendable) 5.2-inch 1080p displays that are joined by a hinge system.

ZTE is doing what it can to take advantage of the dual displays. By default, that second display mirrors the primary.

The Axom M is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor and packs 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The camera is a 20MP F/1.8 sensor with image stabilization for pictures and videos and PDAF.

Being more productive is where ZTE thinks the Axon M can gain a foothold. A 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top of the device and there is a USB-C port at the bottom for charging the 3180mAh battery. No exact release date was given, but we know that the smartphone will be out sometime in "the next month", running Android 7 Nougat out of the box. Another mode gives you both screens as one canvas, and yet another mode lets you run apps side by side on each display.

Two screens for the price of one! The Mirror Mode will place the same content on both displays while the Traditional Mode will only use one display. ZTE says it can be used in three different modes and you can switch between the three modes using the virtual "Axon M" button which is positioned beside the familiar Android navigation buttons.

Extended Mode: Use both screens together as one giant display. An example is firing up Google Docs and opening a slide, you can view the slide on screen and keep going through other files on the second screen. Pricing and availability information for markets like China, Japan, and Europe will be confirmed later.