The previous yr or so has been one of the crucial attention-grabbing durations for smartphone design because the early days of iOS and Android. After the bezel wars of some years in the past, we’re now seeing corporations discover wackier type elements that break the everyday. We’ve seen telephones that may fold and telephones that may roll, so it was solely a matter of time till anyone mixed the 2.
That’s exactly what TCL has completed with its new “Fold ‘n Roll” concept. Behold (start around the 30-minute mark):
The device has a hinge that can both fold as well as unfurl the flexible screen tucked inside the body of the device, going from a 6.87-inch phone to a 10-inch tablet. It also appears to feature a stylus, at the bottom of the device, making it enticing for scribbling on the go.
Now, I should make it clear the Fold ‘n Roll is just a concept device. TCL didn’t give any specs or timeframe for launch. For all we all know, that is little greater than one thing advertising got here up with so as to add a little bit of pizzazz to TCL’s presentation; the corporate didn’t exhibit a working prototype, solely renders.
The machine additionally options an ‘outer’ display, which suggests it’s extra more likely to get broken with a pliable show like this.
Still, I completely love the thought. It offers you a bit extra flexibility over your facet ratio and form-factor than a folding or rollable telephone by itself, however largely, it simply seems like the kind of futuristic telephones we would see in a sci-fi film.
TCL does say it has a folding telephone on the way in which this yr, simply not this one. One for 2022, maybe?
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