The ZTE Axon M is an oddball phone with two 5.2 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel displays. When the displays are folded you can use the Axon M like a normal phone. But expand the second display and you can either use it for some heavy-duty multitasking thanks to two side-by-side displays or like a small tablet with a 2160 x 1920 pixel display (and a line going down the middle).
AT&T is the exclusive US carrier for the phone, which will sell for $725 (or 30 monthly payments of $24.17).
The dual screens are the Axon M’s most noteworthy features, but here are some of the other key specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage
- 20MP camera (used as both front and rear camera)
- USB Type-C port
- 3,180 mAH battery (and Quick Charge 3.0 port)
- 3.5mm audio jack
- microSD card slot
- 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
- fingerprint sensor (in the home button)
The phone measures nearly half an inch thick and weighs 8.1 ounces, making it heavy for a phone, but light for a tablet.
In a lot of ways the Axon M seems like a stop-gap measure that allows ZTE to beat Samsung and LG to market with a folding phone that can be used as a smartphone or a tablet… but which doesn’t require heavy investment in folding display technology.
That line that will run down the middle of the phone sort of limits the tablet-like usability of the phone since it would make videos, games, web pages, and other content look a bit funny when it spans the two screens. But the dual-screen solution could be useful for keeping a chat window and a video window open at the same time, or a social media window and a web browser, just to name a few examples. You could also use the phone as a sort of tiny laptop, with a keyboard filling the bottom screen without obstructing your view of any apps running on the upper display.