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In a year of great smartphones, ZTE's new Axon M would seem to stand out, but not in a good way.
Rival devices such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, the OnePlus 5T, and Apple's iPhone X are beautiful and sleek, have powerful processors, are made with premium materials, and include advanced features and cameras. By contrast, the Axon M is chunky, heavy, and kind of slow.
But looks — and even speed — aren't everything. The Axon M is actually a compelling device, in part because a unique feature: it's built around two fully functional screens that are joined together on a hinge.
The phone is a thing of wonder.
Check out the ZTE Axon M:
The Axon M doesn't look like a phone from 2017.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
ZTE's device is thick, heavy, and has huge borders around both its displays. Compared to svelte and sleek phones such as the OnePlus 5T, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, and the Essential Phone, it looks like a brick.
The Axon M's blocky design is similar to that of the Razer Phone, but even that phone is sleeker than ZTE's new gadget.
But it's got a unique feature — a second screen on a hinge!Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
The hinge feels sturdy.Business Insider
When you close the second screen it makes a satisfying click.
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