The world now has its first foldable smartphone, but is it any good? ZTE recently released its latest smartphone, the Axon M. The Axon M looks like a standard Android smartphone until you flip it over. The device actually has two screens connected by a hinge. The Axon M folds out into two separate displays for the user.
Companies such as Samsung have been teasing at the idea of a foldable phone for years now. However ZTE is the first manufacturer to release a “foldable” phone onto the market.
The Good – Foldable Smartphone
Two Screens are Better than One
The Axon M succeeds at having two screens on a device at once. Users have the ability to mirror the same image onto both displays, project the image over both displays, or split two applications on each screen. The extra real estate provided by the second screen makes multi-tasking, reading and media consumption much more accessible.
Great Technical Specs
Overall the Axon M is a great phone from a technical perspective.
- Display: 2 x 5.2″ 1080p Displays
- Camera: 20MP Front and Rear Camera
- Battery: 3180 mAh
- CPU: 2.15 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Integrated Qualcomm® ARMv8
- OS: Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
- Storage: 4GB RAM & 64GB Storage
- Expandable Storage: Micro SD Card Support (up to 256GB)
- Headphone Jack: 3.5mm
The Bad – Foldable Smartphone
Overall the device has some great technical specs but is lacking in the design department.
- The Axon M is not water resistant.
- Does not come with the latest Android 8.0 (Oreo).
- The device has large bezels and can’t compete in terms of design.
- Lastly the device is 0.47″ thick due to the dual screen design.
The Axon M is a great proof of concept. Having the ability to instantly double the screen size of your phone is a futuristic feature. However without a premium design, the Axon M seems like a gimmick. This is a smartphone for people who want to say they have a “foldable” phone in 2017. Conclusively with a steep price of $725 USD, I do not believe the Axon M is worth it.
What do you guys think of the Axon M? Let me know in the comments down below! Lastly, if you enjoyed this article checkout my post about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl.