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ZTE Axon M

Specifications

ZTE Axon M
ZTE Axon M (Axon Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
, LPDDR4
Display
5.20 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 424 PPI, capacitive, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes
Storage
SanDisk DF4064, 64 GB 
, 46 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: fingerprint sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor, USB Type-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM 850/1900, UMTS 850/1900/AWS, LTE 2/4/5/12/29/30/66, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.2 x 150.9 x 71.6 ( = 0.48 x 5.94 x 2.82 in)
Battery
3180 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 29 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 290 h
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 20 MPix Dual-LED flash
Additional features
Speakers: sound output with Dolby Atmos and dual speaker support, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
230 g ( = 8.11 oz / 0.51 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
800 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 68.06% - average
Average of 15 scores (from 31 reviews)
price: 67%, performance: 73%, features: 64%, display: 76% mobility: 73%, workmanship: 74%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 97%

Reviews for the ZTE Axon M

84.9% ZTE Axon M Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Will that work? ZTE delivers the first "foldable" smartphone. While we would have imagined something else, the statement is right in principle. With its two displays and hinge in between, the Axon M reminds us a little of the old Nokia Communicator, but it can do so much more. What exactly that is, we gathered for you in our review.
ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Smartphone First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English Archive.org version
ZTE doesn't launch a lot of phones in India, and we don't have confirmation about whether the Axon M will come here at all. If or when it does, we'll put it through all our usual tests and spend enough time with it to give you an idea of how it might work as your next primary device.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/01/2018
ZTE Axon M Review: Are Dual Displays Better Than One?
Source: G Style Magazine English Archive.org version
I respect ZTE for trying something different(but not new) as we have grown accustomed to a candy bar style of smartphone but right now that form factor is working. Especially with behemoth displays getting over 6” depending which phone you use. I think it has potential but I’d like to see maybe if ZTE can do it without the glaring fold in the middle, utilize more screen real estate and also not make the glass so glossy. The price tag isn’t going to garner much buyers too with its coming out to $724 and is exclusively under the AT&T brand.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/06/2018
72% ZTE Axon M review:
Source: CNet English Archive.org version
The ZTE Axon M has a heavy and awkward design that's genuinely useful for gaming and multitasking. But if you're not down to go double, spend your money on either a top-tier phone, or a cheaper phone with the same specs as the Axon M.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60%
40% ZTE Axon M Review
Source: Phone Arena English Archive.org version
When it comes down to it, this isn’t the worst effort ZTE could have made, although it is a bit half-baked, and the Axon M falls short in key areas. Unfortunately, software is the one of the most deficient areas of the M. Simply stretching and splitting content in accordance with the in-built functionalities of the Android OS leaves the user with a rather slapdash user experience. Games can’t take advantage of the large double screen in any real way, videos are rather unpleasant with the black bar in the middle, and transitions between screen modes are often dreadfully unresponsive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 40%
50% ZTE Axon M Review: This Foldable Phone Falls Flat
Source: Tom's Guide English Archive.org version
ZTE's dual-screen folding smartphone looks, runs and feels like nothing else on the market. But when it comes to smartphones, more isn't always better.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 50%
77% AT&T ZTE Axon M review: A unique dual screen phone optimized for multi-tasking
Source: Zdnet.com English Archive.org version
The ZTE Axon M is clearly a unique smartphone with the two displays. ZTE has done a good job of building a solid smartphone that performed flawlessly for me. This wasn't easy considering there are different screen modes to manage.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 77%
70% ZTE Axon M review: the foldable phone is here
Source: Android Authority English Archive.org version
It isn’t enough to just put another screen on an existing smartphone if it doesn’t first address its core experience – and that, in a nutshell, is the main problem with the ZTE Axon M. It gets us excited to see what comes next, but unless you’re actually looking for a dual screen phone, simply having this one won’t dramatically change your Android life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
70% ZTE Axon M
Source: PC Mag English Archive.org version
The ZTE Axon M for AT&T has a unique design that folds out to reveal a second display, effectively transforming the phone into a small tablet, but there are some kinks to work out.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
ZTE Axon M hands-on: the most unique device this year
Source: Android Authority English Archive.org version
We’ve seen a lot of interesting smartphones in 2017, but the Axon M stands out as the most unique device this year, and arguably in the past few years, too. There’s no doubt the Axon M is going to catch your attention, but do you think it offers enough? What do you think of ZTE’s latest attempt at being different? Do you need two screens? Are foldable displays the next big trend or nothing more than a clever gimmick like 3D cameras?
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2017
Hands on: ZTE Axon M review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
The ZTE Axon M is the wildcard smartphone of late 2017, and we’re eager to see how it performs and is received. This an ambitious design idea that makes a lot of sense for the future of smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2017
ZTE Axon M
Source: PC Mag English Archive.org version
The ZTE Axon M for AT&T has a unique design that folds out to reveal a second display, effectively transforming the phone into a small tablet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2017

Foreign Reviews

Zwei Displays zum doppelten Preis
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2018
ZTE Axon M das Doppel-Display-Smartphone
Source: Curved German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/27/2018
70% Análisis del ZTE Axon M
Source: Movil Zona Spanish ES→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
74% ZTE Axon M, análisis: una valiente apuesta por la doble pantalla que se queda a medio gas
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 85% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 75%
72% ZTE Axon M, análisis y opinión: buen concepto, pero para usuarios de nicho
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 70% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60%
Zte Axon M, Lo Hemos Probado
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Nice design; good display; decent hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2018
ZTE Axon M: probamos el innovador teléfono con dos pantallas
Source: El Androide Libre Spanish ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Nice design; good display; high performance; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/13/2018
70% Recensione ZTE Axon M by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 70% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90%
68% Recensione ZTE Axon M: 2 schermi is meglio che 1?
Source: Tech Different Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 68% display: 70% mobility: 75% ergonomy: 50%
64% Recensione ZTE Axon M – Smart, ma non troppo
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 64% price: 65% display: 75% mobility: 70% workmanship: 50%
70% Recensione ZTE Axon M
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% features: 65% display: 75% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
69% Recensione ZTE Axon M con DOPPIO DISPLAY
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 69% price: 65% display: 65% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
ZTE Axon M: la recensione del telefono con lo schermo doppio
Source: Panorama Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Nice design; good display; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/01/2018
Preview ZTE Axon M by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Impressive display; decent hardware; nice cameras; good battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/20/2018
ZTE Axon M: quando due schermi sono meglio di uno (o forse no). La recensione
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Nice design; decent hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2018
ZTE Axon M: tre motivi per comprarlo (e tre per non farlo)
Source: Panorama Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Elegant design; nice display; powerful processor. Negative: Thick; short battery life; high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/23/2018
Recensione ZTE Axon M: pregi e difetti del doppio schermo
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Solid workmanship; nice design. Negative: Low performance; poor display; high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2018
Prise en main du ZTE Axon M : le smartphone aux 2 écrans
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Impressive dual display. Negative: Mediocre ergonomy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/02/2018
Notre prise en main vidéo du ZTE Axon M
Source: Phonandroid French FR→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good price; impressive design; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/27/2018
Đánh giá ZTE Axon M: Độc đáo với chiếc smartphone hai màn hình
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Impressive design; excellent dual display. Negative: Average performance; poor cameras in low light; easy to scratch.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/06/2017

Comment

Model: The ZTE Axon M has two screens stacked on top of one another and folds open to form a 6.75-inch mini-tablet. It isn't a new concept. It apes the Kyocera Echo and Sony Tablet P, both of which also had two screens attached together with a hinge and were mediocre. Thankfully, technology has progressed in the five to six years since, and the Axon M is faster, smoother and has more capabilities. Its two screens come in handy with some day-to-day tasks and can be surprisingly useful in very specific instances, like multitaskers who want to use apps side-by-side or gamers itching for that Nintendo 3DS look and feel. Compared to the streamlined design found on many of today’s smartphones, even some affordable ones, the ZTE Axon M is bulky. When closed, the Axon M is an extra-thick 5.2-inch phone with all its buttons on the left edge and a hinge on the right. When a user wants to use the extra screen, they will have to fold the second display from behind, like opening a book with the binding toward a user and the pages facing downward.

One of the control buttons on the side is a quick launch button. A user can double-click it to launch the camera. A long press lets the user assign the default app. Users can also have the "TV Mode" as default app. This automatically sets the phone to the expanded viewing option and opens a video-viewing app of their choice. From a technical standpoint, the ZTE Axon M is a small step up from the company’s last smartphone, the ZTE Axon 7. It has similar specs to the Google Pixel from 2016, complete with 4 GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 821 powering the experience. There’s only a single 20-megapixel camera on the Axon M. Hitting a button to switch between the front- and rear-facing camera on this phone actually flips the entire screen around to the other display. Photos are filled with detail and accurate color. Low-light performance is so-so, but it should be so much better with the camera’s f/1.8 aperture value. There appears to be no help on the software side of things to even out the lighting and color balance, as night-time photography does not look as well-lit. Even with heavy use of the two screens, the 3,180 mAh battery didn’t have any problems making it to the end of the day. The screens don’t hurt battery life that dramatically. The ZTE Axon M operates like 99% of all other Android smartphones. Promised to receive Android Oreo in the near future, for now, it’s loaded with Android Nougat 7.1.2. As such, a user will find stock features like split-window multitasking with ZTE’s own layer on top of it.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 530: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that is clocked at up to 624 MHz. Early 2016 it is a high end graphics card for Android based smartphones and tablets that should be able to coop with very demanding games.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


SD 821: High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores (two fast 2.4 GHz cores in a cluster and two power saving 1.6 GHz cores) and an Adreno 530 GPU. Manufactured in a 14 nm HPM process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


5.20":

It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


ZTE:

ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985 and is partly state-owned. ZTE's core business is wireless, optical transmission, data transmission equipment, telecommunications software and cell phones, USB sticks, routers and tablets.


68.06%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Adreno 530, Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
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Adreno 530, Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
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Adreno 530, Snapdragon 820 MSM8996

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Adreno 530, Snapdragon SD 821, 5.70", 0.163 kg

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ZTE Blade A34
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.60", 0.185 kg
ZTE Axon 60 Ultra
Adreno 740, Snapdragon SD 8 Gen 2, 6.78", 0.199 kg
ZTE Axon 60
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 6.72", 0.21 kg
ZTE Blade A54
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.60", 0.185 kg
ZTE Blade A73
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 6.60", 0.19 kg
ZTE Blade V50 Vita
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 6.75", 0.204 kg
ZTE Blade V50 Design
Mali-G57 MP4, Tangula T760, 6.60", 0.207 kg
ZTE Blade A53
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.52", 0.203 kg
ZTE Blade V40 Design
Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 6.60", 0.1834 kg
ZTE Blade A72s
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 6.75", 0.198 kg
ZTE Blade A53+
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.52", 0.198 kg
ZTE Nubia Z50S Pro
Adreno 740, Snapdragon SD 8 Gen 2, 6.78", 0.228 kg
ZTE Axon 50 Ultra
Adreno 730, Snapdragon SD 8+ Gen 1, 6.67", 0.199 kg
ZTE Nubia Z50
Adreno 740, Snapdragon SD 8 Gen 2, 6.67", 0.197 kg
ZTE Blade V41 Vita
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 810, 6.60", 0.2143 kg
ZTE Voyage 40 Pro+
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 810, 6.67", 0.1925 kg
ZTE Axon 40 SE
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 6.67", 0.182 kg
ZTE Blade V40s
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 6.67", 0.184 kg
ZTE Axon 30s
Adreno 650, Snapdragon SD 870, 6.92", 0.189 kg
ZTE Blade V40
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 6.67", 0.199 kg
ZTE Blade V40 Pro
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 6.67", 0.19 kg
ZTE Blade A72
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.75", 0.214 kg
ZTE Blade A52
GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 6.52", 0.214 kg
ZTE Blade V40 Vita
Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 6.75", 0.2143 kg
Current Prices
Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-12- 9)