ZTE's foldable smartphone Axon M (also known as Axon Multy) has been the talk of the town lately. It was speculated to launch in October.
To be precise, we expected the smartphone to get unveiled at the event ZTE is holding on October 17 in New York City. However, fresh information coming from the publication BusinessKorea claims the ZTE Axon M will get launched in early 2018. To back up its claims, the publication has cited recent industry data compiled by Strategy Analytics. Now, we don't know how authentic this information though.
We say so as the smartphone has been appearing leaks quite often. A few days back, alleged images of the ZTE Axon M emerged online. Furthermore, its keys specs have been leaked as well. So its unclear at this moment why ZTE is holding its launch until next year.
One possible reason could be that the smartphone is yet not ready for mass production. If that's the case, we still could see the unveiling of the Axon M on October 17. However, the smartphone may not get released this year.
According to Strategy Analytics, consumers are not yet ready for foldable smartphones. Hence, ZTE could not make much profit with its upcoming phone.
Talking about the smartphone itself, the ZTE Axon M is said to feature a horizontal clamshell design. This means the smartphone will be folding along its vertical axis. The two 6.8-inch displays will likely come with 1920×1080 resolution and will be placed both on the front and rear faces of the handset.
When unfolded, the two screens will meet at the hinge to form a 6.8-inch 2,160×1,920 viewing surface. The device is further said to be sub-10-millimeter in thickness even in the folded state.
Coming to the specifications, Axon M will reportedly come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset which should be paired with 4GB of RAM. The device will likely offer 32GB of storage and will be backed by a 3,120mAh battery. In terms of optics, the smartphone will sport a single camera that will be a 20MP sensor.