Chinese smartphone maker ZTE first unveiled the Axon M with a foldable display back in November in the U.S. The device was launched in collaboration with U.S carrier AT&T. ZTE is yet to bring its first foldable smartphone home to its Chinese fans and was expected to do that yesterday (January 16). However, it turns out that yesterday was just another promotional event where the company announced that the device would be available in China on January 20.
The foldable smartphone is already up for pre-order online via MyZTE.com and JD.com. Interested individuals in China can also get the device offline via China Telecom stores. In addition, the Axon M will also be launched later the present quarter in Europe and would be available via Vodafone and TIM and other “leading carriers”. Unfortunately, we are yet to get the price it would be sold for. The ZTE Axon M sells for $725 in the U.S when buying outrightly. Customers also have the option of accessing the device through installment payments via AT&T Next scheme which enables them to pay $24.17 each month for a period of 30 months.
The Axon M comes with an innovative foldable design which accorded ZTE a CES 2018 Innovation Award. The foldable device packs a pair of 5.2-inch screens with full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has a single 20MP camera at the rear with image stabilization, PDAF, and 4K video recording. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset paired with 4 GB of RAM and there is 64GB of internal storage onboard. The handset is preinstalled with Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS and keeping the lights on is a generous 3,180mAh battery.