Yes, this is absolutely true. The world’s fourth-largest phone maker, ZTE has got something new up its sleeves. This time, it’s there to steal the show with its flagship device, the Axon M, i.e. a dual-screened smartphone, which the company has imagined to be the ultimate multitasking machine.

What is the thing with Dual Screen?

It might be considered like a smartphone sandwich, with the screen on top and bottom and the computer in the middle. By flipping it open, the users are enabled with a 5.2-inch screen. But, the users should remember one thing i.e. this is not similar to the concept which Samsung had initiated in 2014, with a single bendy screen that almost folded closed like a notebook. So, this latest innovation by ZTE is not any normal smartphone that would fold in halves like an old Razr, which was the ultimate dream. There are just two screens joined by a single hinge. But, anyway, even after this, it is pretty interesting.

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How does it work?

It’s a multi-usage device. When folded, it looks like a regular smartphone, but basically its a giant phone with a small break in the center. When treated separately, one screen might take notes while the other provides the user with a full-screen video. Apparently, ZTE took notice of the Samsung’s Note 8 branding, and its effectiveness on the super-duper productive smartphones users who would like to use more than one app at a time. No need to split the screen when the usable could have just another one.

ZTE has also imagined a number of ways regarding what could be done with the screen. For instance, the screen could open up in halfway, flip over, stand up like a tent, or even use it like a mirror so that someone might see the same thing across the table. Or leaving all these, the user might also play a game with the controls on the bottom, and the game on top, similar to a smartphone Nintendo DS. Actually, ZTE intends of a smartphone enlisted with all the above-mentioned features, but still enough screen space to do or store more stuff, in a device that still fits in the pocket.

Imagination is fine.But the reality is hard. Twice as much screen depicts twice as much as a strain on the battery. So, the battery life promises include a little double-screen time, but not much. Android doesn’t intrinsically know what to do with two screens, and in a brief demo of ZTE’s software is also not very impressive. It had trouble switching orientations, even from vertical to landscape mode, and had some trouble running two apps simultaneously. Having the glass on both sides of the phone would obviously make the user more nervous, and even worse when all that glass is also screen.

However, even after this, ZTE’s working with AT&T, promote the phone heavily, and ZTE has long since proven its ability to sell devices. But the biggest question remains that maybe even beyond “does it work” and “why would you want this,” comes down to whether customers are actually looking for a completely new idea about smartphone designs. Samsung’s working on a foldable smartphone for 2018, Lenovo’s shown off a prototype and then comes ZTE which makes three, and that becomes a trend. A decade after the iPhone essentially determined what all phones after would look like, now could be the time for something new. A smartphone with more space, to do more stuff and work more like a computer. So, let’s hope for the best and wait for the future.