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[Deal Alert] ZTE's foldable Axon M is $525 ($200 off) through AT&T over two years

These days, most manufacturers aim for their phones to have things like small bezels, longer screens, and water resistance. ZTE apparently didn't get this memo when it decided to sell the Axon M, a dual-screen and foldable smartphone, exclusively on AT&T. At its starting price of $725, it was a hard sell. Perhaps this $200 discount will entice those who were intrigued by the concept, but didn't want to spend that much money.

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The ZTE Axon M is the weirdest smartphone I've ever tried [and failed] to use

"It's interesting." That's what I heard most often when I would show someone ZTE's bizarre dual-screen phone.

And, inevitably, "Who's it for?"

I never came up with a good answer. The Axon M is unlike any other smartphone on the market. Some people have made a point of likening it to the long-deceased Kyocera Echo, and while it is similar to that phone, the concept has evolved a fair bit. The Axon M is more mature, more considered, and more thoughtful - ZTE clearly spent time thinking about how a dual-screen phone would work, and how to minimize some of (though definitely not all) the pain points it would present.

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Dual-screen ZTE Axon M is now available to order, exclusively from AT&T

In one of the most left-field phone releases of the year, ZTE recently announced the foldable, dual-screen Axon M. Leaks had already spoiled the surprise somewhat, but when David got it in his hands he was actually rather more impressed by the phone than he expected to be. Today, the device is available to order, and it's being sold exclusively through AT&T in the US.

Senior VP of Device and Network Services Marketing (snazzy title) for AT&T, Kevin Petersen, thinks the phone could be a success. “By letting you do 2 things at once, the ZTE Axon M is the perfect combination of wireless and entertainment and we’re thrilled to offer it exclusively at AT&T.”

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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?

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ZTE announces the Axon M, an AT&T exclusive folding phone

Today ZTE has announced the Axon M, a folding phone with dual 1080p displays. There have been a couple of leaks in the past month or two, but now it's official. The Axon M isn't quite the vision of the future we expected from Westworld, but it has some decent specifications to support its unusual design. 

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[Update: Now $259.99] Deal alert: Get a ZTE Spro 2 LTE smart projector for $299.99 ($200 off) on eBay

Projectors are usually bulky and immobile, but ZTE's Spro 2 can be easily brought wherever your heart desires. The Spro 2 is about 2.5 years old at this point, but there haven't really been many better ones launched. Now, you can get a Verizon LTE model for just $299.99 on eBay - about $300 off its MSRP, and $200 off the current going price.

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[Deal Alert] ZTE Axon 7 for $310 at Newegg ($90 off MSRP)

The ZTE Axon 7 fills a space in the current smartphone market that's changed quite a bit in the last couple of years. Let's call it the Nexus space. You've got a phone with mostly flagship internals, minus for a few trade-offs, for a much more wallet-friendly price. A phone like this from ZTE might not have made waves when you had Nexuses competing with OnePluses and so on, but right now it looks like a pretty good deal.

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ZTE and AT&T reportedly have a $650 Snapdragon 820-powered foldable dual-screen tablet called Axon Multy in the works

Tablets haven't been doing so well in recent years, but companies like Apple, Samsung, and ASUS are still churning them out. ZTE, however, seems to be taking a slightly different approach. According to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) of VentureBeat, the Chinese OEM is working on a foldable 6.8" tablet with some fairly high-end specs. But with all this fancy tech will come a high price tag: $650, to be exact.

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MetroPCS's ZTE Blade ZMAX offers a 6.0" 1080p display and dual rear cameras for $129

ZTE phones are well known for delivering great bang for the buck - the Axon 7 and $99 ZMAX PRO immediately come to mind. Now, there's a new ZMAX phone on the block, the Blade ZMAX, and it offers quite a few flagship-level features for only $129.

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Wireless multi-speaker app SoundSeeder gets a material makeover in version 2.0

SoundSeeder is a pretty niche app, one that promises to turn any device capable of running it into another speaker for your music. By syncing multiple phones all connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can make your music louder and spread it throughout different rooms, perfect for parties. A while ago, Rita took a look at how SoundSeeder compared with a new app in the space, AmpMe. Since then, SoundSeeder developer Jekapps has been hard at work on v2.0, which includes a complete material redesign, wearable support, and more.

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