Chinese manufacturer ZTE is set to launch an innovative device on the market-a foldable smartphone. Called the Axon M (code named Axon Multy), this could be a game changer in the field of portable electronics. Though Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have their patent for the foldable smartphone, we have never seen anything like it.
The new ZTE device will feature full HD (1920 × 1080) displays. When unfolded it spreads out into a 6.8-inch display with (1,920 x 2,160) pixels resolution. When folded, we can use the handset like a regular smartphone. The device is rumoured to be UB-10-millimeter in thickness in the folded state.
Reliable leaker Evan Blass reported last month that the device would feature a Snapdragon 820 processor along with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and backed by a 3120 mAh battery. The smartphone will also feature a 20MP camera in the optics department.
We recently got the glimpse of the phone when Android Authority shared images of the device. The Axon M could be the bridge between the tablets and the smartphones. Rumor has that the dual screen has the ability to display two apps at the same time, which has never been seen before.
Interestingly at the launch of Galaxy Note 8 in Korea in September, we got to know that Samsung too will be releasing a foldable smartphone next year. Dubbed as ‘Project Valley,’ the product is yet to materialize. This is a considerable threat to Samsung and success to ZTE if they manage to launch the device earlier. If we look back at history, the previous dual screen concept Kyocera Echo met with an ill fate and put a halt to the upcoming foldable smartphones. But this device could change that. Inevitably there will be technical problems, and also there is the problem of mass production which is not available therefore pushing the price high. But once it is perfected the combination of dual screens, and Android Oreo (8.0) may cause many other manufacturers to adopt the design.
Considering the rumours, the ZTE Axon M will be unveiled on Oct. 17 in New York. ZTE confirmed that it would be holding an unveil event on that day. This may mean that ZTE may not have plans to release this device outside the US. The pricing is expected to cost around $650 (Rs 42390). If this is true, the ZTE Axon M will have to compete with the likes of iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and LG V30 and most importantly the foldable smartphone of Samsung dubbed as Galaxy X.