TCL’s First Foldable Phone Can Bend Into A Smartwatch

A series of foldable devices purportedly by TCL

A series of foldable devices purportedly by TCL

According to a report by CNET, TCL is working on at least two foldable tablets, two foldable smartphones and a foldable device that doubles as a watch by bending around your wrist like a bracelet.

TCL is a name you'd usually associate with low-end Alcatel phones and BlackBerry-branded devices.

While foldable devices haven't yet broken out of the tech bubble - mainly because only one has actually gone on sale and it's from a brand not many people have heard of (Royole) -the mobile industry clearly believes they'll be the next big thing.

In the past few months, we've witnessed almost as many different foldable smartphone concepts as there are phone manufacturers.

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The futuristic concept device featured a front-facing screen of decent quality that could take photos and record video even when it's worn as a wearable. Meanwhile, the other tablet-sized device folds outwards, much like the Royole Flexpai. After a brief flirtation with phones like ZTE Axon M, which joins two screens with a hinge in a clamshell design, we're already seeing companies tease ...

2019 marks the evolution of the foldable smartphone from a prototype to a fully-functional, marketable device. The former solution could mean the display would be protected when folded, while the latter design may be more likely to get scratched in a pocket, but could provide always-on functionality. This suggests that these particular devices wouldn't have a proper folding display.

These images are preliminary renderings and are subject to change, so no word on specs, pricing, or timing. The devices are expected to be in production, but a company representative told CNET that TCL plans to release its first foldable device next year. Which folding design would you choose? Let us know in the comments.

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