As part of its market expansion strategy ZTE announced three new
Axon devices for China - two smartphones and a smartwatch.
The ZTE Axon Mini was
announced as the first phone to feature force touchscreen and will rely on a
5.2" Super AMOLED unit. No other specs have been confirmed at this point.
Pricing and availability are a mystery too.
Force Touch screen is quite unique as
compared to traditional panels in the sense that users can perform additional
gestures just by varying the force with which they press the screen. Its not
like your regular long press to open additional dialog which operates by taking
into consideration how long your finger is on the screen. Instead, the force
touch display can actually measure how hard you are pressing the display. It
can differentiate between a light touch and a hard press. So, you can basically
assign different functions for varying levels of touch.
It opens up a lot of possibilities, especially
in case of apps. For example, he could try out the piano app on the Axon Mini
and the sound varies on the basis of the pressure applied. A light touch on the
key produced soft sound, while a hard touch produced a much louder tone.
Apart from this amazing feature, we have little
details about the new phone. The Axon Mini will come in four different silver,
gold, orange and pink. ZTE is expected to release it sometime in September.