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TCL's rollable phone now exists as a concept device, as does its tri-folding tablet

TCL's new rollable phone concept device. (Source: TCL)
TCL's new rollable phone concept device. (Source: TCL)
Some prior leaks and rumors have pointed to the development of a phone with a display that extends on a roller at TCL. Now, the OEM has confirmed these hints with a new concept based on such a design. It is touted to solve some of the emerging issues with current flexible-display devices, creasing included.

Earlier reports have indicated that TCL had patented the rollable phone. This IP incorporated a flexible display that could move beyond the rigid parts of its chassis to provide an expanded display. Now, the OEM has confirmed this rumor with a new concept device based on the claim.

The ground-breaking phone does indeed feature a rolling AMOLED display, which extends from 6.75 to 7.80 inches in total. TCL has not detailed its specs in total; however, it has revealed that this device is indeed thicker than the average 2020 phone. This depth comes to 9 millimeters (mm) - which, given the novelty of its design, could be perceived as relatively refined.

As it turns out, this new concept's 'unfurling' action is motorized, and is enacted at the touch of a button. This may be interesting, but may also bring up the potential for damage or failure often linked to other phones out there with similar functions.

Nevertheless, TCL asserts that, in addition to probably being the dream of many tech enthusiasts, the device avoids the risk of mid-line creasing that has been seen to be the bane of foldable devices such as the Motorola Razr 2020 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

Then again, the OEM did not mention this possibility in relation to its other new concept, the tri-folding tablet. This device does indeed have dual folding points, and in fact boasts a combination of this company's proprietary DragonHinge and ButterflyHinge technology. Their maker asserts that this affords the device a smooth folding action and minimal gapping between its various facets.

The resulting device is described as a 10-inch tablet that is also capable of folding down to a 6.65-inch, 3K display with a 20.8:9 aspect ratio. However, no mention of other specs, including cameras for its "3D holographic" rear panel, have been made at this point.

However, TCL is still some way away from a launch or a price for either of these new prototypes. Then again, it may be enough to know that they are within the bounds of possibility at this point.

TCL's radical new flexible-display prototypes. (Source: TCL)
TCL's radical new flexible-display prototypes. (Source: TCL)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03- 5 (Update: 2020-03- 5)