ZTE Announces Its First Foldable Smartphone

Foldable handsets have been with us for years, but they have been replaced by smartphones with big screens. Since users have got used to big screens, companies are trying to bring even bigger displays to smartphones, while keeping the same dimensions. The latest trend is bezel-less display, but phones with such displays might be replaced by foldable smartphones in near future.

ZTE has now unveiled the first foldable smartphone called Axon M, which comes with two full-size displays. The front display is a 5.2-inch 1080p panel and is powered by Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 20-megapixel camera. On the back is identical 5.2-inch display and thanks to a hinge, its rear screen can flip forward and create an almost tablet sized canvas.

When combined, you get a 6.75-inch display with 8:9 aspect ratio and 1,920 x 2,160 pixels resolution. There are four modes - "Dual Mode" that is basically split screen, with each app taking up a 1920x1080 screen, and "Extended mode", which merges the screen into a single display. The third mode is called "Mirror mode" and duplicates the same content on both screens. The last mode is Traditional, which turns off the rear screen for a normal smartphone experience.

At the moment, "top 100" Android apps will work on the phone, but more apps will gain the support in the future.

AT&T will start selling the smartphone in the US next month, priced at $27.17 a month for 30 months through AT&T's "Next" payment plan, which is around $725.