The much leaked ZTE Axon M (codenamed Multy) has finally become official today. You can call this a flip smartphone, or a foldable one like its maker would like you to. This isn’t foldable like in those tech dreams where the screen of the handset folds – instead, what we have here is a two-screen phone with a hinge in between.
When it’s folded, the Axon M has a display on either side. When you unfold it, you get a total viewing area of 6.75″, but the bezels don’t help create the illusion that you’re looking at one screen and not two.
Those screens are 5.2″ 1080p LCDs, by the way. You can take advantage of their unique setup in four different ways. Dual mode lets you have one app open per screen, Extended Mode just gives you that 6.75″ canvas to work on, Mirror Mode shows the same content on both displays (so you can watch the same thing as your friends while you’re sitting across from them, for example), and Traditional Mode turns this into a more normal smartphone in folded mode, only powering up one screen.
The Axon M is powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, aided by 4GB of RAM. 64GB of storage is built-in, and because of its folding abilities the handset has just one camera: a 20 MP unit. It also boasts dual speakers and a 3.5mm headset jack. A 3,180 mAh battery is in charge of keeping things juiced up. The Axon M runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
It will be available “in the next month” exclusively from AT&T in the US for either $725 outright, or 30 monthly installments of $24.17. Expect to also see the device launching in China, Europe, and Japan at some point in the future.
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