My first-ever smartphone was a flip phone that opened horizontally to offer a wide physical keyboard. I’ll be damned if I can remember what model it was, or even the maker, but it was a fun introduction into the world of mobile data. I wouldn’t exactly say I long for the days of clamshell phones, but I definitely look back on them fondly, and I’m clearly not the only one.

The ZTE Axon M smartphone isn’t going to turn heads with what’s on the inside. It’s got a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD card slot that can take up to 2TB (although the box for whatever reason says 256GB). It’s also got a 3,180 mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack (which is increasingly rare), and it runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

Oh, and it has two 5.2-inch Full HD Displays. Did I forget to mention that part? Because it’s crazy. It only has one 20-megapixel camera, but that’s okay, because with the screens swiveling the way they do, they camera can function both as a main and as a selfie camera.


It will be interesting to see how the Axon M does in the market. ZTE deserves kudos for trying to shake things up and deliver a product that’s both fresh and new while also being a throwback to the early days of the smartphone. That being said, however, I’m not sure people want fresh and new. There’s a reason that most modern smartphones look the same and everyone is aping each other. People know what they want and there’s little need for innovation. Still, it’s the innovators that push things forward, and while I can’t really see dual-screens becoming the new thing in smartphones, if nothing else it can inspire new ideas and directions for the future.

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