Would you want a foldable phone? (The 3:59, ep. 301)

19 October, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Boyd Miller
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Smartphone makers are looking for new features to try out and ZTE has gone all-in on its new flagship model unveiled today at a New York City event.

Smartphones have become so good that they've also become so boring.

Here's the top-again, super-thick, but at least it has a headphone jack.

After "Infinity Display", a 'Foldable Display' is the next frontier smartphone manufacturers are racing to breach. 16-bit was a huge jump from 8-bit; but can the same be said for 4K from 1080p? Unfortunately this creates a somewhat clunky user experience, having to turn the phone around in order to switch between the two different screens if you want to take a selfie. These are great specs to have, but is there anything new?

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The ZTE Axon M sports two 5.2-inch dual full-HD TFT LCD displays that have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Axon M, with two displays connected by a hinge, is the interim solution until the future arrives. The problem here is that screens often eat more battery power than CPUs do these days, and running two screens together are going to impact endurance.

Under the hood, however, there's very little glitz. In its initial standby, the gadget presents itself with a 5.2-inch screen, 20-megapixel camera, a 2016 processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, and 4GB of RAM. Apple's iPhone X is an example [VIDEO] of a bold new redesign that has successfully captured the interest of consumers. There is even a Mirror Mode, which means you can mirror what's happening on one display to the next. By default, that second display mirrors the primary. The Extended mode combines the two displays into one, extending content across both screens. However, the user can fold the tablet-like device into half and can be used as a smartphone. The phone features two screens. How would this work? It might be tempting to call it the flip phone of 2017. That's pretty neat, and it's actually perhaps the most promising element of the phone, which itself feels like a gimmick. Instead, the ZTE Axon M is targeted at a surprisingly large demographic given its aggressively unique design and seeks to prove it's more than just a gimmick in a variety of ways.

The Axon M may not be ideal in terms of usability like the Galaxy S8 or the Pixel, but it should still be celebrated for the promise of taking us one step closer to an exciting future. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!


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