While some people might equate flip type phones to technological dinosaurs, they are definitely not extinct yet in the mobile world. A lot of the gadget-heads at LoopTalk, yours truly included reminisces fondly about them as they are built to be simple, light and tactile devices. Recently, ZTE came into the market with the Axon M to bridge that gap between our fondness for flip phones and sleek, modern touch screen devices.
The Axon M is made up of two 5.2-inch full HD Gorilla Glass 5 display connected by a hinge system. They can either be folded onto each other, with one display being the front and the other is the back or expanded out flat into a phablet/tablet sized device. Calling it a phablet/tablet might be a bit far-fetched because it does have a noticeable seam where both the displays meet side by side. When folded up, the Axon M is also thicker than the single display devices that we are used to handling, making it slightly unwieldy but having two displays might outweigh that inconvenience to some people.
So what can you do with two displays? Plenty, According to ZTE. With Android Nougat’s multi-window feature, you can do separate things for each display like checking your Facebook on one screen and checking your email on the other one or expand your videos and game you are playing to fill both screens. Multi-touch works across both display in expanded mode and a three-finger swipe switches content from one screen to another. Awesome!
According to ZTE, the 3 display functions on the Axon M are:
Extended Mode: The two identical full HD screens laid out flat side by side will become a 6.75” tablet-like display. Extended Mode lets you play games or watch your favorite shows on a larger screen.
Mirror Mode: Simply fold the Axon M into Mirror Mode, sit across from your friend and view the same content on one device with the dual displays. Both displays can be controlled independently by each user.
- Traditional Mode: Fold the device up in half and you get the normal smartphone shaped Traditional Mode.
With specs similar to the early 2017 released Axon 7s, the Axon M is slightly disappointing in that aspect. The Axon M is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage with microSD support up to 256GB and a 3180mAh battery with Quickcharge 3.0
The Axon M has a single 20MP camera with f/1.8 lens. You might be wondering why would ZTE come out with a single camera device in this day and age? Well, with dual displays you don’t need both back and front snappers. Just flip the phone over and tada, the back camera become a front camera or vice versa.
The Axon M only comes in one color: Carbon Black
So, we reckon the dual screen is gimmicky and not exactly a must have for many users, but the Axon M definitely has some strong selling points. SRP from ZTE puts the pricing of the Axon M around RM3,000. Unfortunately the Axon M is currently an AT&T exclusive, meaning there is no plans for ZTE to release it to the rest of the world (for now) Well here’s to hoping that Christmas comes early for die-hard flip phone fans like us in Malaysia.