ZTE Axon M
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to talk about ZTE Axon M Price & Full Specifications Review. It’s a crazy dual SIM clamshell, half phone half tablet that I would love to carry. The company behind this change of pace is ZTE and even though it’s the fourth largest phone brand in North America, you might not have heard of it.
ZTE foldable smartphone has finally made it market the Axon M is made of Dual Display held together by a single hinge with metal and glass comprising the bulk of its construction. Speaking of bulk, it’s pretty hefty phone with more than a few ergonomic hurdles to overcome. Packing a Snapdragon 821 with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 20-megapixel camera. The Axon M sells for 725 dollars on an At&T. today we analyse whether this unique near flagship contender is executed well enough to curve it’s own niche or if it only proves itself to be a low-value gimmick.
The ZTE Axon M is a unique device in terms of design. It’s not innovative but certainly unique for its Dual Display implementation. Manufactured from glass and metal the device is sharp, bulky and weighty. Holding this phone is any orientation will take some getting used to as a regular candy bar device. All the controls are on the left side of the phone. As the hinge takes up the entire right side.
This includes the fingerprint sensor which varieties will require you to scan either your ring or middle finger as opposed to your thumb like we saw on Sony phones with side mounted biometrics. This placement can be a little tricky at first especially it was such a bulky phone and being such a small and awkward target it leaves little room for error. For instance, we could almost never use the fingerprint sensor if our hands were the least bit sweaty.
Some Features: –
In terms of ergonomics and in hand feel things don’t improve much when folding out the second display. In landscape position, the bezels provide enough space for you to hold the Axon M comfortably and use the two screens as one which is ideal for scrolling Facebook and general web browsing. Unfortunately, most games and videos only play in portrait mode when extending the screens. Leaving your hands in an awkward position for gaming and the black bar right in the middle of your videos. Large detriments to arguably two of the most desired features for a large screen experience.
Gaming is especially disappointing since portrait mode makes the screen too tall and the on-screen controls harder to reach from any angle making regular single screen gaming the most desirable option. Hopefully, the ZTE and app developers can figure out an easy way to create a lower screen gamepad with the top screen displaying the game. Otherwise, extended mode works just fine in situations where you can hold the device with one hand and manipulate it with the other.
The quick launch button can activate the camera with a double-click or launch TV mode with a single click. TV mode launches the video service of your choice but we often found ourselves accidentally clicking it when using the phone in landscape. You’ll encounter include a flashlight that will immediately blind you and a camera you activate on one screen then use on the other more on that later though.
Both screens have 5.2-Inch with 1080p resolution and 426PPI pixel density. You might notice a significant failure in quality control when both are open. Both displays have two different white points, with one appearing much warmer than the other.
The screen mirroring feature might come in handy for showing off photos across a table at a restaurant. So, more useful is the full-screen view which stitches the two displays into one canvas. Now, this isn’t great for video, since the resulting super screen is both squarish and bisected with a big ugly bezel. But it is handy for things like Google Maps where the bigger area makes it easier to see while driving. And the fact that Amazon Kindle split a book across pages makes this my new favourite phone for reading.
If you stack the screens vertically, you get an insane amount of room for the keyboard or game emulator controls. Finally, the A-B mode is for hardcore multitaskers who can run two apps side by side and almost simultaneously.
ZTE obviously put a lot of thought into not just the how of making a dual screen phone but the way as well. And that makes the Axon M genuinely useful a lot of the time.
Unfortunately, it’s also genuinely frustrating a lot of the time. Sometimes an app thinks it’s on dual screen, even when it’s not so half the content gets chopped off. There’s no way to rotate the home screen to landscape in full canvas mode, nor is it possible to make use of the wasted space opposite the dock. Continuing on, switching between single and dual screens can be slow. Since the displays face outward when the phone is closed, it scratches very easily. Gorilla Glass 5 notwithstanding.
The Axon M has a single 20-megapixel camera which is logical for a phone with two screens and it’s accompanying dual flash. This is the sole camera which means you must flip the device around after opening the camera app even if you’re about to take a selfie. In such an instance you must open the camera as usual allow it to activate the back display as the viewfinder, tap the front-camera toggle then turn the phone back around to take selfie images with the main screen. Generally, it’s quite annoying to deal with this feature when taking images.
The overall image quality is above average, not excellent. On paper, a 20-megapixel camera can take pictures with more details but the motion blur and insufficient exposure are often a problem. At night you’ll get brighter shots from phones that cost half the price of this phone, it’s pretty weak. This phone lacks the Optical Image Stabilization that’s why the 4k video quality is not excellent, the 4K footage looks like above average.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
The ZTE Axon M is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Chipset which clocked at Quad-Core 2.15GHz Processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. It has Adreno 530 GPU.
The overall performance is good, Apps typically open quickly swapping is just as prompt. Unfortunately, toggling the screen modes can often be a stuttery and unresponsive affair. Taking some time to refine the transitions and speed up reaction times would be much appreciated. As there never seems to be an instance when lag and unresponsiveness aren’t a factor.
The Axon M’s user interface is built on Android 7.1.2 but thankfully ZTE is guaranteeing an update to Oreo. Adding more on the side of Stock Android it’s not particularly beautiful nor objectionably ugly. Of course, a unique aspect of the UI is shown when using both screens in the navigation bar exists an additional soft key the letter M which toggles the multiple modes for dual screen use.
There are three modes for operating both screens, first one is a single mode where only the main screen is activated. Another one is a dual mode which enables the utilization of two independent screens in multiple instances of certain apps such as google docs. The last one is an extended mode which we mentioned earlier stretches content across both displays as if the phone had one huge display and mirror mode which duplicates the same content on each screen.
As I mentioned earlier extended mode was pleasant for browsing Facebook, YouTube or the good old-fashioned internet but gaming and watching videos suffered more detriments and formatting and ergonomics than the extra space was worth. Dual mode is easily the most functional use of the two screens, allowing users to truly multitask like a Pro.
The additional ability to open separate Google Docs on each screen makes a strong case for productivity on the go while regular browsing an app use games the space and separation of two independent screens which allows for more breathing room and a vastly improving multitasking experience. A set of gestures exists to facilitate this experience as well. In dual mode swiping across the two screens with three fingers will swap the content between them. In the same mode, you can swipe one finger to the right across the navigation bar to extend the leftmost app to full-screen mode. Then when finished you can swipe left to bring back the second app and split the screens once again.
In terms of connectivity, the call quality and signal receptions are good. The dual speaker setup projects speakerphone calls loud and clear.
The ZTE Axon M ships with 3180 milliamp-hours battery which gets you through a full day of mixed use. It also comes with quick charger, it charges your phone from 0 to 100% in 1 hour and 23 minutes. There is no wireless charging.
So, what we seem to have here is a mediocre smartphone. Games can’t take advantage of the dual screens in any useful way and videos are pretty disappointing with a black bar in the middle. Multitasking, of course, the most useful application for the dual-screen experience and gestures to switch between screen modes are useful but often slow and unresponsive. Browsing the web or using certain apps in extended mode while bigger doesn’t necessarily fit more information. These are all functions of the Axon M’s lack of support for formatting as well as lack of software to take full advantage of the two screens and unique and valuable ways.
I’d say it might be worth it to some folks. But as adaptable Android is not quite flexible enough on ZTE’s vision here. And just because something is novel, doesn’t give it a pass. It has to provide more functionality than frustration in everyday life. And to me, the ZTE Axon M fails that test.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|ZTE Axon M||Coming Soon||Rs 46,990|
|ZTE Axon M||Coming Soon||$ 725.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||150.9 x 71.6 x 12.2mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Dual TFT LCD, 1080 x 1920p (426 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||(20-MP For both Front & Back), f/1.8, Sony IMX350, PDAF, Dual LED two-tone flash|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@30/120/240fps, VGA@30fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Super Auto mode, HDR, Dual Image Stabilization|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2 & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Dual Speakers & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3180 mAh|