ZTE Axon M has two displays and costs $725 on AT&T

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It is sadly not a foldable screen smartphone if you were hoping for that.

The Axon M reminds us of the Kyocera Echo, an android smartphone released in 2011 with foldable dual screens.

The Axon M seems to be a nice device for media consumption, and its dual speakers certainly help in this regard.

Overall, ZTE doesn't play at the high end of the smartphone market in the United States (it does sell its high-end Axon line of phones unlocked online in the US market).

With Apple, Samsung, and Google dominating the smartphone market in recent years, at least in the U.S. and Europe, it's going to be hard for the Axon M to muscle in, even with a unique selling point - but ZTE at least deserves kudos for trying something new.

The Axon M has two 5.2-inch displays, both covered with Gorilla Glass 5. Tap the icon to use it as the rear camera and you have to turn the phone to the second display which now displays the viewfinder.

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However, even without any special tweaking of standard apps, the ZTE Axon M is an intriguing idea. The camera is a 20MP F/1.8 sensor with image stabilization for pictures and videos and PDAF.

However, if you don't need to utilize both displays and just want to use the Axon M like a regular phone, you can fold it up and only use one screen like you would with any other device. The device supports QC 3.0 for rapid refilling of the battery.

Maybe the Axon M will be most useful for productivity apps, allowing you to type away on a document in landscape mode without obscuring three-quarters of the screen with a keyboard.

Mirror Mode - labelled AA, this mode duplicates what you are doing on one screen on the other. ZTE says a three-finger swipe sends apps between screens, or you can have them configured to act like one whole display. An example is firing up Google Docs and opening a slide, you can view the slide on screen and keep going through other files on the second screen.

The last time we saw the Axon brand in the United States was with the Axon 7 in the summer of 2016, and while that handset was all about offering a traditional flagship smartphone experience on a budget, the Axon M is anything but traditional. The new handset will also be launched in Europe, Japan, and China, likely also starting next month.

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