Chinese smartphone maker ZTE will next month release on sale the new ZTE Axon M, a twin-screen smartphone with multiple viewing modes.
The ZTE Axon M creates an entirely new foldable smartphone category and the maker wants to work with developers to help optimise applications for dual screen smartphones.
The new handset will be sold exclusively in the US by AT&T. It will also go on sale in China, Europe and Japan.
The ZTE Axon M is the size of a traditional smartphone when folded, fitting easily into a pocket or purse. But open it up and choose from four different viewing modes:
Dual Mode: Provides unlimited potential in app combinations so consumers can do more, all at once. With Dual Mode, users can watch streaming video on one screen, and order a pizza online or check email on the other.
Extended Mode: Stream, email and play games on a full 6.75-inch Full HD display. Extended Mode lets the user watch video content on a larger screen.
Mirror Mode: Two people sitting opposite can watch the same content on one device, in landscape format, with the phone’s two sides folding back, allowing it to stand on its own.
Traditional Mode: When multitasking isn’t necessary, Traditional Mode offers a typical, everyday smartphone experience users can hold in one hand as usual.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be around US$730. AT&T is selling it on payment plans.
Technically, the phone is specified as highly as the company’s mainstream flagship models. The screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels and the phone features a 20 megapixel camera, a 4GB Snapdragon processor and 64GB of RAM.
“The ZTE Axon M is the beginning of a significant movement of smartphone capabilities, and ZTE is leading the way,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices.
“The mobile technology ecosystem and consumer habits have evolved over the past several years, but the smartphone experience has only slightly varied throughout that time until today, with the introduction of the ZTE Axon M.