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ZTE launches dual screen phone
October 22, 2017, 4:10 pm

When thinking of flip phones the first think that comes to mind is the simple phone from a decade ago that allowed you to make phone calls and probably send a text or two. Chinese mobile phone manufacturer ZTE is determined to change that notion with the launch of their latest fully featured smartphone the Axon M.

The Axon M has two 5.2-inch displays linked by a hinge that allows you to bring both screens together for a tablet size display, or fold them back to form a front and back screen.

The dual displays on Axon M have 1080p panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera. When the rear screen is flipped forward and slotted right next to the front display, you can stretch the home screen and apps across the two displays for a larger working area, or run two different apps at the same time, one on each screen. You can also ‘tent’ the phone, and mirror the displays so two people can see the same content at the same time.

ZTE says that it is utilizing Android’s default split-screen features to enable many of the dual-screen functions, and it has made sure the ‘top 100’ Android apps work on the phone. In the ‘extended’ mode, which stretches a single app across both screens, the tablet version of the app is presented, provided there is one. It is even possible to stream video on both screens at the same time and switch the audio between them on the fly, which might be useful if you want to watch a sports game and YouTube at the same time.

Previous attempts at dual screens have not been very successful, but ZTE contends the idea is better now because phone processors are a lot more powerful and software features, such as Android’s split-screen multitasking, are better suited to take advantage of this unique form factor.

Should you keep the second screen folded back against the phone, you can use the Axon M like any other smartphone. Though it has Gorilla Glass 5 on each display, you might want to be careful how you handle the device, especially when you put it down, so as to prevent scratches to the back screen. ZTE says that the 3,180mAh battery is designed to provide a full day’s use between charges, even with the second screen using more juice than a standard phone might.

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