ZTE, a Chinese manufacturer, is well known for its budget category devices has brought something extraordinary, something crazy; a dual-screen smartphone Anox M that can be folded into one.
We do hear a lot about ‘folding smartphones’ – the next generation of smartphones. Although the ZTE Anom X is a foldable device but Samsung has been rumoured to be working on Galaxy X that may become the first real folding device because of the single OLED panel which would bend and flex as users open up the phone.
Modes of Display
The Axon M is a huge one measuring 12.1 mm in thickness with a hinge running along the longer side of the phone. On each side of the phone, you get a 5.2-inch, 1080p TFT LCD. When you open the whole thing up and combine the screens, it become a 6.75-inch, 8:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 2160 display.
The device is shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat under the hood. It is interesting to see the famous split-screen capability of Nougat o two screens altogether.
The “Dual Mode” of Anox M is basically split screen; each app taking up a 1920 x 1080 screen. Whereas, the “Extended mode” merges the screen into a single, giant display.
Another “Mirror mode” will duplicate the same content on both screens for some reason. The last one “Traditional mode” turns off the extra screen for a normal smartphone experience.
The Anox M brings a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 chipset controlling the operations underway. On the memory front, there is a perfect combo of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM along with a dedicated microSD card slot. The device gets power backup by a 3,180 mAh battery.
We get only one camera with 20 MP sensor but it doesn’t matter as we have two screens, when closed one on either side. If you want a “front” camera, point the camera at you and use the camera below the screen. If you want a rear camera, point the camera at something and use the screen on the other side of the phone.
Pricing And Availability
The ZTE Anox M will be exclusively made available in the US by At&T in November; later on the device will head on to other markets including China, Japan and Europe.
We don’t have the official confirmation of the price tag as yet but it is expected to be around $725 (~PKR 76,400) for the unlocked device in the US.