Today, TCL, a tech company based in China, showed some of the most exciting and wild smartphone concepts that we could possibly see in the near future. The event showcased some prototype smartphones in a unique form-factor such as the tri-fold display and a brand new retractable display that can transform your phone into a tablet or vice versa. Let’s take a look at what TCL has done for the revolution for the smartphone of the future.
Tri-Fold Display –
We have already taken a look at this new display technology by the company as it was leaked in February prior to it’s showcasing event at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now, here’s the thing, the one we saw at the CES was a non-functional prototype and just a dummy. This time the smartphone is functional and running on Android OS. It was present as a proof-of-concept device, and arguably it is the first model in the foldable segment that serves its duty as it converts your smartphone into a tablet not some smartphone with a screen like the Galaxy Z Flip or Huawei Mate X
Talking a bit about this design, with the help of this triple-fold display when unfolded, has a massive 10.1-inches of screen size (bigger than a full-size 9.7-inch iPad) and while folded, you have a 6.65-inches of screen size i.e., adequate for a smartphone. As you read that this design contains three folds, and even though they are present in the prototype uniformly, their hinge mechanism is different.
One of the fold uses the company’s DragonHinge setup, while the other two folds use a “ButterflyHinge” to achieve those completely flush folds. Apart from the obvious big-screen advantages, this design has two major drawbacks i.e., the heft because of three separate batteries powering the displays, and the folded mode makes the phone super-thick.
Retractable Display –
This was the latest concept given by TCL recently, and it consists of a smartphone that can retract or extend its display as per your requirement of the screen size. When you extend the display, it transforms your phone into tablet, and while retracting, the excessive display goes under the groove present on the back of the phone by curving around the side of the device.
Unlike the tri-fold design, this new retractable concept is still in its infancy and the development for which is on progress in Japan. This new concept in smartphones will not be coming anytime soon, and you can guess the development stage of this device by taking a look at how TCL showcased this new design at the event, the company showed a video depicting the working of this new retractable concept.