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Several Manufacturers May Launch Foldable Smartphones Next Year

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


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.

Several Manufacturers May Launch Foldable Smartphones Next Year , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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ZTE Axon M Available November 1st From AT&T

Adnan Farooqui October 30, 2017

ZTE recently unveiled its first foldable smartphone and confirmed that the device will be exclusive to AT&T in the United States. Pricing and availability information has now been confirmed for the ZTE Axon M. AT&T is going to start taking orders for the ZTE Axon M from November 1st. Customers will be able to start ordering the handset online starting day after tomorrow.

The ZTE Axon M has 1920×1080 TFT LCD displays which can be folded out. There’s a visible gap between the two display panels so this implementation isn’t all that seamless. The bezels are sufficiently narrow, though, so it does help bring the two panels together to an extent. The Axon M can be used in four different modes.

In Dual Mode, the handset allows users to have separate apps open on each individual display panel. In Extended Mode, the apps can span both displays. The Traditional Mode only uses one display panel while the Mirror Mode will place the same content on both panels.

The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It features a 20 megapixel rear camera, a 3,180mAh battery and runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

The ZTE Axon M can be ordered online from AT&T’s website for $24.17 per month on AT&T Next for 30 months. AT&T is going to have the device in its stores by November 17th. ZTE is going to confirm pricing and availability details for the Axon M in markets like Japan, Europe, and China later.

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ZTE Axon M Folding Smartphone Officially Launched

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


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.

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ZTE’s Foldable Smartphone Makes Its FCC Stop

Adnan Farooqui October 9, 2017


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.

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ZTE Axon M Foldable Smartphone Pictures Leaked

Adnan Farooqui September 28, 2017


It was reported yesterday that ZTE might beat Samsung to the market with its foldable smartphone. Today, purported images of this foldable smartphone from ZTE have been leaked online. The specifications of this device have been previously rumored. ZTE is expected to launch this handset at an event in New York City next month.

Previous reports have suggested that the Axon M’s frame will be just under 10mm thick when folded. It’s believed to be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Additional specifications might include a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 3,120mAh battery.

As far as the displays are concerned, the handset is said to feature dual 1080p displays that can be folded out into a 6.8 inch 1920×2160 panel. The report notes that the Axon M is going to function like a conventional smartphone when it hasn’t been folded out.

When it is folded out, each display will be able to display its own app which is going to add an interesting new dimension to multitasking on a mobile device. ZTE hasn’t confirmed anything about this handset so far.

However, reports suggest that it’s going to be launched exclusively for AT&T at an event next month. It’s expected to cost $650. ZTE is due to conduct an event in NYC on October 17 so it’s likely what we might hear more about this handset from the company at that event.

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ZTE Axon M Foldable Smartphone Launch Expected Next Month

Adnan Farooqui September 27, 2017


We’ve heard rumors about a foldable smartphone for quite some time now, however, those rumors have long been associated with Samsung. While it’s still unclear if and when Samsung will launch its much-rumored foldable smartphone, a new report claims that ZTE is going to launch its Axon M foldable smartphone at an event next month. The device is reportedly going to be a foldable dual-screen smartphone with full HD resolution.

The folks at Android Authority hear that ZTE is going to unveil its foldable smartphone codenamed Axom Multy next month. The device may be launched as the Axon M at a launch event on October 17th.

It’s reportedly going to have dual full HD displays which will fold out into a 6.8 inch panel with 1,920 x 2,160 pixel resolution. When folded out, the handset apparently looks like a conventional smartphone with a sleek frame.

No further information is available about this handset right now so it’s unclear what it’s full specifications are going to be. ZTE is going to conduct a press event in New York City on October 17th and it’s possible that we’ll get to hear more about the Axon M from the company then.

It’s also possible that some renders and images of the device will be leaked out ahead of its expected announcement next month. That’s always the case with unreleased devices, something almost always leaks.

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ZTE And AT&T To Launch Foldable Dual-Screen Tablet Soon

Adnan Farooqui September 5, 2017

AT&T Tower
A new report today claims that AT&T and ZTE have teamed up to offer a tablet that’s quite different from the ones available in the market today. The two have reportedly been working on a dual-screen foldable tablet that unfolds into a 6.8 inch slate. According to the report, this device will be launched with the Axon Multy moniker.

This report comes from none other than Evan Blass or @evleaks who has been right on countless accounts in the past about his leaks.

He claims to have heard from a person brief about the new tablet that it’s going to be like a horizontal clamshell with it folding along its vertical axis. When the device hasn’t been folded out, the individual 1920×1080 pixel resolution display will sit on both the front and rear faces of the device.

When unfolded, the two displays will reportedly meet at the hinge to form a continuous display that measures 6.8 inches.

The full spec sheet of this tablet hasn’t been shared as yet but it’s reportedly going to feature the Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage alongside 3,102mAh battery.

AT&T will reportedly be the only carrier in the United States to sell this ZTE-made tablet in the country. It’s expected to be available starting next month for $650.

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ZTE MAX XL for Boost Mobile Review

Eliane Fiolet May 2, 2017


Today, ZTE unveiled its new MAX XL entry level smartphone for the Sprint Boost Mobile network. Positioned as the contender of the Samsung Galaxy J7, the other smartphone offered by Boost Mobile, the large 6-inch ZTE MAX XL is available today for only $129.99 MRSP.

On the Boost Mobile site, the Samsung Galaxy J7 costs $199 without discount (today a $70 discount is offered) and most of the prices found on the internet are in that ballpark.

The main features of this affordable smartphone are the large 6-inch IPS FHD display, a responsive fingerprint sensor,  and the high capacity battery, which delivers 3,990 mAh. By comparison, the Galaxy J7 has a smaller 5.5 display with a 3000 mAh battery and no fingerprint reader. However, the Samsung’s mid-range device features a more muscular Snapdragon 615 while the MAX XL gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435.

My guess is ZTE made some hard choices to offer best-in-class and sought-after features under $130 and had to cut the cost on the processor side, to be able to provide a large IPS display with good image quality, a high-capacity battery and a fingerprint sensor at that price point.

The idea behind the choices made for the MAX XL’s hardware is summarized by what Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA, said:

“The ZTE MAX XL is intended to show just how great an affordable premium device can be in 2017.We continue to push boundaries and give consumers more of what they want – bigger battery, bigger screen and the best connection possible – all at an affordable price.  Consumers can get an excellent smartphone for under $130, and the MAX XL proves it.”

I have played briefly during the past few days with the ZTE MAX XL, and you can read my short review here.

Gallery: ZTE MAX XL Photo Gallery

Pros

  • Very affordable price
  • Large good quality IPS FHD Display
  • Battery capacity 3990 mAh
  • Light weight for such a large device
  • Fingerprint sensor for a below $130 smartphone

Con

  • Bulky body
  • Decent camera that is not so good in low light and it takes 1 second to save a photo

Display (Very good for the price)


The main feature of the new ZTE MAX XL is the massive 6-inch display. At less than $130, we cannot expect “best in class,” however, the FHD IPS panel delivers a good image quality, with bright colors and deep contrasts. 
The screen-to-body ratio is rather decent, for a mid-range smartphone, the bezels are not too large.

Video Playback (good)

Justice League 2017 official trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvF2Bu41FQY

To make sure the video playback is good for such a nice price, I played the latest Justice League 2017 4K trailer from Youtube over WiFi. The video playback was fluid with a good sound quality, I sat the volume at about 75% of the maximum, in a quiet environment.

Industrial design (Good for the price)

Similarly, given the uber-affordable price and the large battery, the industrial design cannot be the thinnest and lightest out there. However, the built quality is very decent, the curved and subtly rubberized textured back cover feels comfortable in the palm and offers a good grip.

Fingerprint reader (very good)


It is a nice surprise to get a fingerprint reader on the back of the ZTE MAX XL, at such a low price point, for instance, the Galaxy J7 for Boost does not have one. It is quite easy to set up at least one of your fingerprint, and it can be used to unlock the device, snap photos and even answer calls. The sensor is pretty responsive, and it snapped photos very fast. Using the sensor on the back to shoot pictures is sometimes more comfortable and more practical.

Camera (Regular)

Photo in broad daylight with the ZTE MAX XL – colors are vivid and well contrasted


The 13MP camera does a decent job at snapping photos in broad daylight, however, when tested to its limit in a dark restaurant, I had to use the flash to get a good picture of the excellent food I was eating. For a few days, I tested the ZTE MAX XL against an old flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that launched in September 2015. Similarly, I shot a couple of photos in low light while flying on a plane; the Galaxy Note 5 had no trouble getting a good shot of my purse in a dark and shaky environment. However, the photo taken with the ZTE MAX XL was blurry because the shutter speed was probably slower to compensate for sensor’s inability to capture enough light in the dark. (see examples)

While the shutter is decently responsive, it takes a while for the to save the photo file, about one second or so. When you are used to the ultra-fast speed of flagship smartphones’ cameras, this could be a little annoying.

Photo in low light (no flash) with the ZTE MAX XL

Photo in dim light with the ZTE MAX XL


On the front, you will get a 5 MP camera for selfies and video conferencing.

See the original Photo samples by the ZTE MAX XL  here:

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPDzUYsOCg–Og_IDnAyoabwQvnJevQhonql7Vy

And you can compare with the original photo samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipM18N1IMABicRToRjku9N8Bg01uLS3hn6VZhNOW

Sprint’s Boost Mobile

The review unit was not properly set up on the Boost network for me, since I do not have an account. As a consequence, I could not test it over the 4G LTE network, but only over WiFi or offline.

The ZTE MAX XL works with the Boost Mobile Unlimited Gigs plan, the key features are:

  •      Unlimited talk, text and data with mobile optimized streaming videos, gaming and music.
  •      Unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else.**
  •      $50 a month for one line.
  •      $30 a month for a second line, up to five total lines.

More information on the Sprint  website.

Performance and hardware

Perceived performance

The mid-range SoC, the octa-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 435 (2Gb RAM) offers a decent perceived performance, sometimes a little slow to load an app, and definitively slow to process/save a photo. That’s probably because the storage isn’t super-fast either. However it is good enough for most of the daily tasks, and at that price, the experience is good.

Measured performance (decent for mono-tasking and video playback)

The ZTE Max XL handset is powered by a Snapdragon 435 SoC (system on a chip). Designed for cost-efficiency, the Snapdragon 435 can run basic smartphone functionalities well but is challenged by the more powerful Snapdragon 6xx Series, and of course, it is far from being as powerful as the Snapdragon 8xx in the high-end.

In 3D gaming applications, the Snapdragon 435 is about 30% slower than the Snapdragon 615 for old games, and up to 50% slower for recent games. We are talking about graphics-heavy games here. In general system-wide performance, we estimate that there is a gap of 20-25% in favor of Snapdragon 615.

The main difference between the two chips is that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Series has been optimized to work beyond FHD/1080p resolution for video decoding and encoding. That is why it has more graphics horsepower. Since the ZTE Max XL has an FHD display, it’s not a real issue. Obviously, at these price level, it’s doubtful that benchmarking prowess is a primary concern, but it’s good to know where the handset stands.

Here are a comparison between two smartphones, one featuring the Snapdragon 435 and the other one, the Samsung J7 with the Snapdragon 615 – from there you can have a pretty good idea of what to expect (Benchmark with the MAX XL coming soon here) http://www.ubergizmo.com/products/lang/en_us/devices/honor-6,galaxy-j7/

You can also compare both Socs here: http://system-on-a-chip.specout.com/compare/1097-1209/Qualcomm-Snapdragon-615-MSM8939-vs-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-435

Battery (High Capacity – Very good)

The 3,990 mAh battery should deliver a good battery life. Since I could not connect to the Boost 4G LTE network, because my account was not setup, I cannot say that much on that front.

Test over WiFi: the device was not connected to any network from 5.30 am to 11. 30 pm and went from 100% battery to 34%. Then, I connected it to a WiFi network, and it remained constantly connected. At 5 am the next day, with no activity besides the background wifi connection, the battery indicated 28% charge remaining, at 4 pm, with very minimal usage, it was down to 22%. Please note that I did not activate that many apps besides Gmail, so the notification activity was pretty minimal as well. It is safe to say that with minimal usage, the ZTE MAX XL last over 36 hours on one charge, which is pretty good.

On any device, battery consumption is highly related to usage. For instance, on my primary smartphone, I have numerous applications installed and activated that constantly push notifications, specifically, my Facebook is particularly active, since I have so many connections that post every 30 seconds on my timeline, and it tends to drain the battery faster.

Conclusion (Very good for the price)

The ZTE MAX XL will certainly appeal to people who want to use a phablet as their primary computing device and consume content on the large 6-inch display. The large battery that offers 3990 mAh capacity is the second major feature of this affordable phablet.

At $129.99, the ZTE MAX XL packs great features and is a serious competitor for the Galaxy J7, the other smartphone available on the Boost network, that does not feature a fingerprint reader or a high capacity battery.

ZTE MAX XL for Boost Mobile Review , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Latest ZTE Axon 7 U.S. Update Brings Night Mode

Adnan Farooqui April 30, 2017


ZTE has only launched a few handsets in the United States and the Axon 7 happens to be one of them. It’s a high-end smartphone that recently received an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. ZTE continues to improve the features that this handset offers. It has now released a new update for the device which adds a Night Mode and also brings support for 256GB microSD cards.

ZTE Axon 7 owners in the United States are going to appreciate that they can now use microSD cards of up to 256GB with their smartphones. Most users are always looking for more storage on their smartphones in this day and age so this is going to be very well received.

Aside from the Night Mode setting, this update also enables users to disable some of the native apps that come pre-installed on the handset. This is a feature that those who dislike bloatware on their devices are really going to use.

The update also brings improvements to the overall device stability as well as some important bug fixes. Minor performance improvements have been made as well.

ZTE has now released the latest Axon 7 software update in the United States and it will be live for all users in the very near future.

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ZTE Max XL Offers Decent Specs For $130

Adnan Farooqui April 25, 2017


Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE today announced the launch of a new smartphone that offers decent specifications for the relatively affordable price of $129.99. The handset appeals to those who prefer to have big displays on their smartphones. It merits mentioning here that it costs $129.99 off-contract so it’s a really great option for someone who’s looking for an affordable device. ZTE Max XL is being sold via Sprint’s Boost Mobile no-contract subsidiary.

The ZTE Max XL features a 6 inch 1920×1080 pixel resolution display with Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor under the hood that’s hooked up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

The handset also features a microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB of extra storage and it comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. That’s impressive for the price.

It features a 13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera as well as a fingerprint sensor on the back. That’s not all. The handset even has a 3,990mAh battery which you’ll find enough for a day’s use, and then some. ZTE claims that the battery is good enough for 26.6 hours of talk time.

ZTE Max XL happens to be the first smartphone on Boost Mobile that has support for SPrint’s HPUE or High Performance User Equipment coupled with LTE+ support. This means that Max XL users should experience improved network coverage, particularly indoors, and faster speeds overall.

ZTE Max XL Offers Decent Specs For $130 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.