ZTE intros dual-screen smartphone powered by Android

The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

2017's most innovative smartphone... ZTE's dual-screen Axon M?

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.

The much leaked ZTE Axon M (codenamed Multy) has finally become official today.

Without a doubt, the biggest draw to the Axon M is its dual-display design.

'The ZTE Axon M is the beginning of a significant movement of smartphone capabilities, and ZTE is leading the way, ' said Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices. It's a pretty interesting design, and ZTE has done some work with the software to take advantage of it. The Axon M comes equipped with two 5.2-inch displays - each with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. By default, that second display mirrors the primary.

The Axon M is an entertainment and productivity device and ZTE has added the features you need to enjoy media consumption. There's a Snapdragon 821 with 4GB of RAM running the show along with Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The camera is a 20MP F/1.8 sensor with image stabilization for pictures and videos and PDAF. 64GB of storage is built-in, and because of its folding abilities the handset has just one camera: a 20 MP unit. The implementation isn't very seamless as there's a visible gap between the two displays. The device supports QC 3.0 for rapid refilling of the battery.

Traditional Mode: Use one screen and fold over the other so that you can use the phone with one hand.

The phone also offers a "mirror mode" that can display the same content simultaneously on both screens, enabling multiple users to view content from different sides.

Games could also benefit from the dual-screen approach, as with the Nintendo DS family of devices, and if you set the phone up in a tent shape you can play against a friend sat opposite, one screen each.

It will be available "in the next month" exclusively from AT&T in the USA for either $725 outright, or 30 monthly installments of $24.17.

You could browse the web on one screen and compose an email on the other perhaps, or watch Netflix on one display while Twitter scrolls across the second one.

ZTE has revealed that the phone will be offered in the United States (via AT&T), Japan, China and Europe.

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