Even in a small rectangular device with few buttons, there are many possible layouts and design choices. What we are missing is a universal grammar to describe those forms. Then it would be possible to:
(1) Iteratively list all possible configurations
(2) Evaluate each according to formal criteria, and score appropriately (depending on which criteria you prefer).
If we had this formal grammar, I wouldn't need to make the following point, as it would follow naturally from the evaluation of the design options.
In this particular case, this type of screen-size-doubling concept is just what I'd like, EXCEPT that I want it to close with the screens on the INSIDE, so they are protected, and so that closure defines a "screen/power off". That means that your screen(s) are physically protected, and that your software is also protected from randomly triggering in your pocket.
These were some of the key attractions of the old flip-phones, which some people love so much. Its a very reassuring feeling to close a flip phone and know that you can't scratch your screen and that you have definitely finished the call and finished using the software (till you open it again).
Having the screens close on the outside, as in the Axon M, means you can use tent mode to play to someone sat opposite you - which is something I'll use if I ever have a 90 year old friend (that doesn't own a smartphone) who has the same taste in movies sat opposite me. In other words, not very often.
Screens on the outside also means that you only need one camera (and a few other things ... but a 2nd camera is small and cheap, so that should not dictate a fundamental design decision.
We need to all get away, somehow, from these design issues becoming a kind of personal vendetta, and instead see each device as reflecting the optimum of a preferred set of criteria. You don't see people arguing in restaurants about whether cheesecake is better than chocolate cake. Different things work for different people in different circumstances.
Very original design!!! like Xiaomi Mi Mix!!! when I saw this phone, reminds me NEC Medias Dual-screen
NeonHD, 21 Nov 2017Please, let smartphones have their diversity, there's no need for every OEM to follow the beze... more I like your comment here. What's your opinion of Samsungs W (flip smartphone line) series?
nice concept and different phone, something new for a change.....Hope they develop this concept it certainly have more pontential.
DamiDev, 04 Nov 2017Tnx ZTE for this feature but this year is for bezel-less screens, i think a new phone from ZTE... morePlease, let smartphones have their diversity, there's no need for every OEM to follow the bezel-less trend.
Most of you don't understand that the display can extend out to two displays. ZTE could've easily jumped onto the mainstream train with the bezel-less display and curved ergonomics, but instead they chose to stay away from mainstream and focused more on innovating, and I like it. I personally love this bulky metal rectangular design that pays homage to the iPhone 4's aesthetics, reminds me of a time where smartphones were more simple looking and less showy.
EDIT: Okay maybe it would've been nice to see a bezel-less variant, but I like this too, gives me nostalgic vibes.
AnonD-706011, 20 Oct 2017Two things, I would assume, drives any market... Demand and innovation... After a device as i... moreLol it's not a mainstream device. It's meant for a niche market obviously. If you can comprehend that.
Macbeth, 08 Nov 2017The ZTE Axon M is basically an updated version of the Kyocera Echo, which was considered one o... moreBecause this is a wholly better and more optimized execution, also you're pedantic and contrarian.
ZTE Axon M is proving an innovation, yeah though it also already ever produced with Kyocera Echo but this has new design and also OS Nougat support, it will more futuristic if maybe 2018 later, hope dual screen with bezel-less display, HDR 10, 3D touch, Face ID/AI, 18:9 ratio, 5.5 inches, ip68 certificate. don't know later what it's ZTE, Samsung, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Oneplus, Motorola, Kyocera, Asus, Nokia, Blackberry or iPhone.
This phone looks pretty good, and I'll probably end up getting one. For those referring to the Kyocera Echo, think more Docomo Medias W. It definitely has some of the same features and no doubt took inspiration from there. I have the Docomo Medias W and have been wishing for an upgraded version to come along. 2 screens definitely come in handy at times.
Comparing this to the Kyocera Echo is like comparing Android 2.3 to Android 7.0. If you are someone that never appreciates the android split screen feature, move along, this is not for you. If you do use the split screen feature you are going to love this because now you get to run two apps fully opened on their own display screens. I see they have a car mount for it. I'm so sick of split screening my music app and google maps when driving on a split screen.
The ZTE Axon M is basically an updated version of the Kyocera Echo, which was considered one of the worst phones of all time. Also, why has (almost) everyone forgotten about the Kyocera Echo?
Tnx ZTE for this feature but this year is for bezel-less screens, i think a new phone from ZTE at the end of this year with 2 screens, bezel less, new specs, a big battery, will be great and will be the 2018 fashion.
AnonD-441601, 21 Oct 2017That M stands for mediocre? Or middle range? Because price is too high for its specs. 700 e... moreiPhone X has specs close if not similar to the Galaxy S6 & people are willing to pay $1200 for a 2015 phone.