There is something really cool about the ZTE Axon M. It is the fact that the phone has 2 screens. There are many things you can do with the second screen, like special modes that let you pair the screens and make them play the same content. Keep in mind that the phone is foldable. It can be transformed into a tent, so you can show what you’re watching to anyone sitting right in front of you. There is also extended mode, which basically means using the left and right screens to load one app at the same time. Try it with a web browser. With this being active, you will see part of the browser displayed on the left, while the rest on the right screen. Even the virtual keyboard is split into two.
Dual screen are technically a unique concept because not many flagships have this on board. Both screens measure 5.2 inches with 1080p resolutions. Once you fold it out, they will be adjacent next to each other and create a one 2,160 x 1920 display. They are only separated by an invisible hinge. If you think it would be distracting, then you’re wrong because the screens are put together seamlessly. However, there is still stiffness with how the hinge works. We hope that it will be addressed for the future generation.
We can use the phone in various ways. It is the signature style that sets it apart from other Smartphones. They are known as Modes, which define how you interact with the device. Perhaps the most interesting one is Dual Mode. This opens up the possibility for intensive multitasking. It is like working on a laptop. Multitasking has been around for a long time, but the size of the screen can limit the experience. Now you have two regular-sized screens, there is much space to do plenty of stuff. Fold it out, you will switch to the extended mode. It almost matches the size of a tablet when both screens are used. The Traditional Mode is also available for those who don’t need the second screen. Surprisingly, it still feels compact when it’s folded.
The ZTE Axon M has only one 20-megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture. Just because there are two screens doesn’t mean they have individual sensors. Note that the handset has a folding mechanism, so that one sensor can be useful for taking selfies as well. The results would be much better than the average front camera. (Also read: Huawei Mate 10 Pro Comes with Surprisingly Great Dual Cameras)
The Qualcomm chipset added to this handset isn’t exactly the newest, but we wouldn’t say the Snapdragon 821 lacks something. It is the driving force behind the impressive performance of the Google Pixel and LG G6. It still delivers respectable performance here, not to mention it also works great for the Axon M’s feature set. In the meantime, the ZTE Axon M still runs Android Nougat, but 8.0 Oreo may be making its way to this gorgeous phone. With 3,180mAh battery, it can get you through a whole day under moderate usage. Fast charge feature is also available. It takes approximately 2 hours to get it fully charged from empty.
ZTE Axon M specs:
- Dual 5.2-inch (1920 x 1080) TFT LCD displays with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage
- microSD card support
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat
- 20 MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, dual-LED flash
- 3,180mAh non-removable battery