RIP, your attention span.
There's a new Android smartphone that has two screens. Two bright, touchable, 5.2-inch screens on which you can view and manipulate either dueling apps or one app across both of them (creating a large 6.75-inch screen with a hinge in the middle of it).
Those are called Dual and Extended modes, and they are real functions on a real smartphone that's coming out this holiday season. Called the Axon M, Chinese company ZTE is its maker, and here's what it looks like:
The handset in traditional, one-screen mode, or how people up until this very special moment in time used phones, folds into itself, creating a very thick glass-faced and glass-backed smartphone.
The other option for using the Axon M is in Mirror mode, which has you prop the phone into a tent while it displays the same image on both screens. This makes it so that you and those sitting across from you – perhaps in a business conference of some type – can all view the phone's content.
Inside the Axon M, we find hardware that's not exactly cutting-edge: It runs on last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, has 4
GB of RAM and is fueled by a smallish 3,180 mAh battery. That last part might be important because, when you're powering two screens at the same time, you need all the extra juice you can get.
The Axon M has just one camera, a 20 megapixel lens, because when you have two screens, you can use the same lens for selfies and regular pictures. And it will ship with the now-outdated Android 7.1, though ZTE has already promised an upgrade to Android 8.0 in short order.
In the United States, ZTE's new Frankenstein smartphone is going to launch exclusively with AT&T, starting at a price of $24 a month. It be available this holiday season.
Another cool thing that ZTE does with the phones it sells: It attaches a free two-year warranty. With the Axon M, that could be something that comes in handy, considering all its folding parts and – you know – the likelihood that you'll break not one but both of its screens at some point.