It’s tough to find a surprise in smartphone design these days, but ZTE has risen to the challenge with an Android that goes from a candy bar to a handheld flat screen in about two seconds.
The Axon M is the first folding smartphone to hit the scene in a long time, It’s actually pretty simple. When the phone is closed, it looks like a thicker than usual monoblock smartphone with Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back separated by an aluminium mid plate with a volume rocker, an application button, and a combination power key and fingerprint scanner.
The 5.2-inch display starts to feel a little confining, you just pull on the backplate, which rotates on the side hinge until a second 5.2-inch screen clicks into place alongside the main one. The result? A more expansive Android canvas than you’d otherwise be able to fit in a pocket. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a device like this. The Kyocera Echo from 2011 used a similar design with a more complicated pinch. Sadly though, the Axon M suffers the same principle shortcomings as that older phone. Because its screens aren’t perfectly Bisel-less an ugly stripe bisects the display area when the screens are joined.
But ZTE compensates for this with software that lets you leverage the screens differently, depending on what you’re trying to do. You can use them as a single, integrated canvas, you can mirror the displays side by side, or you can run two apps independently, one on each screen. While that multi-tasking mode is a neat trick, I actually like the mirror mode better. Fold the phone into a tent, and you can share the same screen back and front, which could be helpful for showing off videos over dinner, say. Having screens on both sides also lets ZTE pull off another neat trick.
There’s just a single camera here, which you use for both standard photos and selfies. The camera specs are a mixed bag. The f/1.8 aperture is pretty big, but the IMX 350 sensor uses pixels that are pretty small, and while there is EIS onboard, there’s no optical stabilization. So again, the whole thing is big we’ll see.
The Android Nougat version is old too, and most frustrating of all, this model will be exclusive to AT&T in the United States. That’s good for Big Blue, who gets to pitch this phone as a portable screen for Direct TV. Not really good for anyone else.
The Axon M features a dual speaker design that splits output between a single bottom port and the earpiece speaker. It’s got a headphone jack with the same audio chips that are in the Axon 7 Mini, and it’s packing a pretty big battery, given how much space the company didn’t really have to work with.
Finally, ZTE also promises that the Android Oreo update for this phone is already in the works. I love it when a company throws convention to the wind, even if the result is a variation on a theme we’ve seen before. And the hardware here feels very well made, with tight hinge action, satisfying locking clicks and enough mass to avoid feeling cheap.
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