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ZTE представили смартфон Axon M с двумя экранами
Китайская компания ZTE выступила с очередным громким анонсом. На этот раз он касается устройства с двумя дисплеями под названием Axon M. На прилавках розничных сетей он появится в 2017. Как известно, экраны одинаковые по размеру и работать будут одновременно. По сути, это раскладной смартфон, который можно превратить в планшет. Нечто подобное раньше было у японцев из Sony, но то устройство отказались принимать пользователи. На этот раз ZTE решили поступать иначе и заявили, что в отличие от того, что было у Sony, их девайсом удобно пользоваться в любом режиме.

Размер каждого их экранов 5,2 дюйма при выдаваемом разрешении Full HD. Работать они могут не только синхронно, но и по отдельности друг от друга. Стоит также добавить, что модель не представляет собой прототип и это уже готовый продукт. Пока что доступно устройство будет лишь в Соединённых Штатах и Японии. Первоначальная цена 725 долларов.

Не исключается также, что в дальнейшем устройство доберется до прилавков и в России. Также, помимо двух экранов, в устройстве имеется камера на 20 мегапикселей. 4 гигабайта оперативной памяти и жесткий накопитель на 64 Гб. Сердцем же для данной «раскладушки» является процессор Snapdragon 821.


ZTE Axon M hands-on: ZTE actually made a kind of good foldable phone

Foldable phones aren't new. In fact, Kyocera sold one nearly seven years ago on Sprint. It was terrible, but my point is that the concept is not novel, and companies have even gone so far as to make such foldable smartphones commercially available. They've been rare, of course, and probably for a number of very good reasons: they're hard to design, hard to engineer without compromise, expensive to produce, and of questionable utility in general.

ZTE thinks it finally has a foldable phone you'd actually want to buy, though - the new Axon M. Will you actually want to buy it? If I'm really honest? No, probably not. But this is easily the best take on the foldable phone concept I've seen yet, and one that sidesteps some of the tough engineering challenges companies like Samsung and Lenovo have conceptually tried to defeat by using more traditional solutions to the folding phone problem.

The Axon M has a very noticeable gap between the displays in "unfolded" mode. ZTE took two LCD panels, put them on a hinge, and gave them as little bezel along one edge as possible. So when you unfold the Axon M, you do get a black gap between the two screens. This gap is essentially an admission that an actual, foldable screen is a very, very hard thing to do in a practical, durable way with currently available technology.

I am not inherently opposed to the gap, because it has allowed ZTE to actually build a real phone, as opposed to a hyper-fragile concept that sits inside a display case at a trade show. In short, without the gap, the Axon M really couldn't exist. If that's a deal-breaker for anyone, so be it.

The hinge mechanism seems quite sturdy, and holds the second display firmly in place when in the "normal," folded configuration. The phone absolutely feels like one piece when you don't have the display unfolded, something I think is quite important to get right. Whether the hinge will stay perfectly firm and keep that screen tight against the rear panel after a year of use is something that's harder to comment on right now. (Oh, and dual screens means the Axon M only needs one camera - if that isn't obvious [it wasn't to me!], just think about it for a second.)

Speaking of use, ZTE says, on average, the ribbon cable connecting the display panel to the brains of the phone - which has to run through the hinge, obviously - should survive around 20,000 folds and unfolds before potentially becoming damaged. According to ZTE's internal testing, it expects that owners of the phone will open and close it a little under 20 times a day, meaning the guts inside the hinge should last at least three years under normal use.

When unfolded, I didn't feel any odd flex or see any alignment issues with the two screens. The Axon M, superficially, seems quite well-engineered. I was testing what ZTE says is production-ready hardware, and I was genuinely impressed with the fit and finish. The housing for the second display is all plastic, but I have a feeling that's mostly about weight and thickness, not cheaping out. Given the Axon M is still very thick and pretty hefty, I think that was the right call.


Опубликовано 30.10.17

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