It seems like foldable smartphones will be all the rage in a couple of years. Whether or not they take off in the market is another matter entirely but quite a few manufacturers are believed to be working on this form factor. ZTE was one of the first…
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We’ve been hearing for many years now that Samsung is developing a foldable smartphone. While we’ve yet to see the company come out with one yet, ZTE launched its foldable device just last month. The ZTE Axon M is a dual screen smartphone that’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States. According to a new report, there’s going to be an influx of new foldable smartphones from several manufacturers next year.
Rumors and reports about Samsung’s foldable smartphone continue to come in. The company hasn’t said anything about its plans for a foldable smartphone as yet but the rumor mill is convinced that we’ll see one from Samsung at some point next year.
Chinese tech giant Huawei is also working on a foldable handset. The company’s dual screen smartphone is likely going to be unveiled before the end of next year.
Oppo, another Chinese manufacturer, has filed for patents related to foldable smartphones. This suggests that it’s also interested in launching dual screen smartphones. Since LG’s display subsidiary is said to be developing foldable displays, the possibility also exists that LG might jump on to the bandwagon as well at some point in the future.
If there’s a broad shift in the industry towards this form factor, we can certainly expect more companies to throw their hats in the ring.
There has been a lot of talk about Samsung building a foldable smartphone for the past couple of years. However, we’ve yet to see anything tangible from the company. It’s certainly not the only major company that might be working on something like this. At least Huawei has officially confirmed that it has a working prototype of its foldable smartphone. Huawei is expected to launch its foldable smartphone at some point next year.
ZTE has already beaten Samsung to the punch by launching the Axon M. It’s a foldable smartphone that’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States. The Axon M has two individual displays that can be folded out to form a single, massive display.
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu has revealed to CNET in a recent interview that “We already have a working sample” of the foldable smartphone. He did add that Huawei isn’t ready to launch the device as yet.
“We have two screens,” he said, adding that there’s still a small gap between the two displays and that “we should get rid of that gap.”
Yu mentioned that it’s possible that Huawei might launch its foldable smartphone in 2018. No further information has been revealed about the device’s specifications and features. We will likely start hearing about them in the weeks leading up to this handset’s launch.
Samsung hasn’t said anything concrete about its foldable smartphone release but recent reports suggest that it may also be released in 2018.
There had been a lot of rumors over the past couple of months about a new smartphone from ZTE. The company was reportedly working on a foldable smartphone called the Axon M and that’s precisely what it has officially announced today. ZTE’s much-rumored foldable smartphone is now official. As expected, it’s going to be an AT&T-exclusive in the United States.
The ZTE Axon M has dual 5.2 inch 1920×1080 TFT LCD displays that can be folded out to achieve a high 426 PPI. The implementation isn’t very seamless as there’s a visible gap between the two displays. Nevertheless, the narrow bezels help bring the two together to an extent.
There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The handset also features a 20 megapixel rear camera, Android 7.1.2 Nougat, a 3,180mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
ZTE says that the Axon M can be used in four different modes, namely Dual Mode, Extended Mode, Mirror Mode, and Traditional Mode. In Dual Mode, users will be able to have separate apps open on each display while Extended Mode will allow them to span both displays. The Mirror Mode will place the same content on both displays while the Traditional Mode will only use one display.
AT&T customers will be able to purchase the ZTE Axon M for $24.17 for 30 months starting in November. Pricing and availability information for markets like China, Japan, and Europe will be confirmed later.
It’s customary for handsets to make a stop at the Federal Communications Commission for certification purposes before they’re released. When they’re spotted at the FCC, it’s normally taken as an indication of an impending release. The ZTE Axon M is reportedly the first foldable smartphone from the China-based company. It’s expected to launch it with AT&T later this month.
The ZTE Axon M has now been spotted at the FCC which means that it’s probably one step closer to being launched. From what the reports have revealed so far, ZTE’s foldable smartphone features two touchscreens that can be folded out into a 6.8 inch 2160×1920 pixel resolution vieiwng surface.
When folded, it’s going to have a 1080p resolution each display on the front and back. A foldable smartphone will really allow for some interesting use case scenarios and it remains to be seen what sort of software features ZTE will offer to enable users to get the most out of a smartphone with two full HD displays.
The FCC listing for this handset mentions that it’s running Android 7.1.2 Nougat so it may not launch with Oreo. According to reports, the ZTE Axon M might be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAMand 32GB of storage.
It may also feature a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 3,120mAh. ZTE is expected to launch its foldable smartphone with AT&T on October 17th. It may be priced at $650.