The ZTE Axon M was launched in the United States of America on the 17th of October 2017, and ever since it was unveiled, there have been lots of discussion going on about the newly launched bendable smartphone. To satisfy your curiosity, I decided to do a review on the ZTE bendable phone. In this post you will get to see the ZTE Axon M full specifications, features (which includes the pros and cons) and also the price you can buy it in the US.
ZTE Axon M Features
The ZTE Axon M came with a 5.2inch touch screen display, having a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, of course with this specs you are assured of a brilliant display. It is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, coupled with a 4GB RAM for enhanced performance. The phone is packed with a 64GB internal storage, but the sad side is that it is non-expandable. From the camera section, the ZTE Axon M boasts of a 20MP camera on its rear panel.
The ZTE Axon M came running on Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system, but we never can tell at the moment if there is a promise of an upgrade to Android Oreo. It will be powered by a 3180mAh non-removable battery and the phone have a body dimension of 150.80 x 71.60 x 12.10mm.
Talking about SIM and connectivity, the ZTE Axon M is a single SIM (Nano SIM0 smartphone, and its connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
ZTE Axon M Review (Pros and Cons)
You have already seen some brief information about the ZTE Axon M features, let me us now have an overview about the device as a whole and see some of its cons or downsides.
I guess it is no news that LG and Samsung are already working in foldable (or bendable) displays for smartphones. In fact foldable smartphones have been taking the center stage for some time now in terms of leaks and rumors. It is still a dream yet to be unveiled, despite strong rumours of Samsung introducing the first phone next year with their Galaxy Note 8. ZTE took the pace already by unveiling a mainstream foldable smatphone with their ZTE Axon M, and it is definitely not what users expected or wan it to be.
The ZTE Axon M came with the same box design that the old-school Nokia 9500 communicator has, which looks like a compass box with a big display on the inside and a QWERTY keyboard. It has two 5.2inch IPS LCD FHD displays (one on the front and the other at the back), and both displays are separated with a hinge. The four things you can do with this display are:
- Opening two different (or same) apps on different screen b using the “dual mode”
- Showing the same content on both display with the “mirror mode”
- Using the entire display at once with the “extended mode”, this males you have 6.75inch display to play with.
- The “traditional mode” allows only the main display to power up when the phone is sht.
Now, let us look at some cons/disadvantage or downside of the ZTE Axon M.
Both of the display are separated by fairly large bezels on either side. This will make you to settle with an ugly line separating the two, thereby not getting one seamless display experience.
Another issue is that while the apps are running in the extended mode, there are no apps that can currently use the swiping areas for unique functionalities.
Though lots of thumbs up have been given to ZTE’s intention of manufacturing a foldable smartphone, but the concept was a little bit flawed, from the standard of this present age. I am quite sure other brands like Apple, LG and Samsung would have flaunted the concept of a foldable display with hinges, but they must have realised that it is not a polished approach to building a foldable smartphone. ZTE ought to have waited for bendable displays so as to avert the worries about a line (created by bezels)which consumes user experience. This one big cons of the ZTE Axon M, due to the brand’s urge to be the first to introduce a new technology.
If you thought the notch on the iPhone X was bad, then the bezels killing the user experience on the ZTE Axon M is even a worse option.
ZTE Axon M Price
the ZTE Axon M price goes for $725, which is approximately Rs. 47,000 in India. Take a look at its full specifications below.
ZTE Axon M Full Specifications
|Release date||October 17th, 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||150.80 x 71.60 x 12.10|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3180|
|Screen size (inches)||5.20|
|Processor make||Snapdragon 821|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.2|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||NA|
|Number of SIMs||1|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|