Folding phones have provided the biggest form factor of the smartphone in more than a decade, although sales may not reflect a large assumption so far.
However, one of the things that makes folding phones so exciting is that the dominant concept has not yet been established. The likes of Samsung, Huawei and Motorola have all put their best foot forward with exceptionally diverse designs.
Enter TCL, better known for making TV cheaper than mobile phones, with another foldable phone concept that descriptively calls it the Fold ‘n Roll. The device offers three potential display configurations, ranging from a 6.86-inch touchscreen smartphone, to a larger 8.85-inch tablet or a full 10-inch tablet depending on the situation.
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The technology is based on the ‘dragonhing’ concept debuted in other foldable concepts, but it also includes an expandable display, which seems to scroll mechanically for larger display configurations.
As with many of these folding or rolling concepts we see, it doesn’t look like the device is in any way ready for an imminent release, even if the company plans to debut a foldable phone of some sort before the year is out. .
The last few weeks have seen a bit of a return for the flexible display format, given LG’s decision to abandon the smartphone market and cancel its LG Rollable promise telephone concept.
The rotating element of this is likely to be picked up by other smartphone manufacturers, but it would have been nice to see LG adopt this, since their rolling OLED TVs are impressive.
Today’s revelation comes alongside three TCL 20 Series mid-range smartphones with 5G cameras and triple lenses.
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