The folding smartphone is here, and it’s pretty interesting (video)

Being long-time folding smartphone watchers, we have been following the progress of the ZTE Axon M to market with interest.

The first modern folding smartphone, the device is now doing the rounds and has been reviewed by Android Authority, one of the first to reveal the device.

The device features two 5.2 inch 1080P screens that when opened up form a 6.8-inch tablet or run 2 apps simultaneously and eschew the complexities of a flexible screen for a more pragmatic near bezel-less display (on the sides at least) that is still in close approximation when opened up.

The mean weakness of the device is that it’s 12.1mm thick and 230 g heavy, but in turn, you get some pretty interesting screen modes and capabilities, such as running two apps side by side (using Android’s built-in multitasking feature) or stretching apps across both screens.  You even get the ability to frame your 20-megapixel selfie pictures perfectly. In double screen mode, the tablet version of apps are displayed if supported.

The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3180 mAh battery, with a 20-megapixel camera, and will be on sale on AT&T for $24.17 per month for 30 months, or $725.10 once-off.

Interestingly ZTE sees the folding smartphone as a platform, and promise to iterate on the concept in the future. This includes offering developers APIs to support special gestures to swipe content from one screen to another for example.

For many of our readers who have been waiting years for a folding phone, does this device pique your interest? Let us know below.

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