The foldable smartphone has arrived, but why stop there? TCL is working on a variety of foldable smart devices from a tablet to a smartphone/smartwatch hybrid. TCL is well-known for making affordable televisions as is actually one of the largest television manufactures out there. They’ve also taken over production of BlackBerry phones which now run the Android operating system.
Now, like every other company, they are working on several foldable smart devices. There are two tablets, two smartphones, and a smartphone that folds into a smartwatch or smart bracelet of sorts. It’s important to note that these images were obtained by CNET and are just renders and not actual production units.
CNET obtained the renders and patent information which points to TCL actively working on foldable smart devices. We’ve already predicted that 2019 and 2020 will be the dawning of the foldable smartphone but it looks like TCL is making grander plans adding in some other use cases.
TCL did tell CNET that the company will release its first folding device in 2020 so we may see one of these renders sooner than we expect.
“It’s not just smartphones,” said Stefan Streit, TCL’s general manager of global marketing, said in an interview at CES, adding that other consumer products like wearables, home appliances and TVs could also benefit from the new foldable technology.
One of the renderings seen by CNET show devices that fold with a Surface Book-like gap in the middle. There’s little else known about these devices.CNET
We had the chance to experience the Royole FlexPai foldable phone at CES 2019 and we found that device lacking in both performance and design. Check it out below.
It’s going to be interesting to see where
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