TCL’s New Concept Foldable Phone Comes With a Retractable Display
The Chinese tech company, TCL, has showcased a pair of prototype smartphones with revolutionary new form-factors, giving us a glance at the possible way forward for smartphone design. the primary may be a concept prototype that comes with a tri-folding display that unfurls from a 6.65-inch phone to a typical 10-inch tablet. The more interesting model, however, was a dummy unit depicting a versatile display board that will retract within a groove on the rear of the phone by curving around the side of the device.
Both devices are still within the very early stages of development, so don’t expect to urge your hands on either one any time soon. In fact, the other remains considerably within the proof-of-concept stage, with TCL only releasing a video of the prototype unit that the corporate says is being worked on by its researchers in Japan. As are often seen from the video below, the display of the phone is going to be ready to unroll into a tablet-like form-factor or retract into the groove at the rear of the device, enabling it to be used as a smartphone.
As for the primary device (pictured below), it comes with two different types of hinges to realize two completely flush folds. While one uses the company’s proprietary ‘DragonHinge’ mechanism that was originally shown-off at MWC 2019, the opposite uses a typical Butterfly Hinge. Should this device ever make the transition from concept to production, it’ll be interesting to ascertain how the corporate will address the reliability issue that Samsung and Huawei are battling even with their single-folding devices.
From what we will tell, the tri-folding device is very thick and oversized when folded, making it unsuitable to be carried around during a trouser pocket. As if that wasn’t enough, The Verge claims that it’s also awfully hefty due to all the heavy-duty metal hinges, so it’ll be interesting to ascertain how TCL will address those concerns going forward. Either way, as long as these are only early prototypes (or a dummy unit, just in case of the rollable device), there’s no guarantee that they’ll even make it to the market.