- TCL has introduced a 3 in 1 device that can be transformed into a phone, phablet and tablet.
- The device combines folding and mobile display technology.
- It starts as a 6.87-inch phone and expands to a 10-inch size to become a tablet.
TCL has always been at the forefront of flexible display technology. After showcasing the concepts for foldable and mobile phones, the company has now developed a 3-in-1 prototype that can be transformed into a phone, phablet and even a tablet. Called the TCL Fold ‘n Roll, the concept phone was unveiled along with the new range of the TCL 20 series.
As the name suggests, Fold ‘n Roll combines both foldable and mobile display technologies in one device. The external foldable phone starts with a 6.87-inch screen that opens to become an 8.85-inch phablet. The expanded screen further expands to become a 10-inch tablet, at which point it adjusts the aspect ratio to make media viewing better. You can see the device in action in the video embedded below.
The company has used its DragonHinge technology as well as a movable mechanism to create this unique device. TCL says it is still studying the technical specifications for such a device. The company is also trying to figure out how to use glass to make the screen more durable. The prototype currently uses plastic.
While Fold ‘n Roll looks fantastic, don’t expect it to hit the market soon. As TCL puts it, such 3-in-1 devices are still a long way off. They look attractive and may have a use case for those who want one device instead of three, but folding ones are difficult to manufacture and even harder to estimate affordable. A complex device, such as a Fold ‘n Roll, can be difficult to market until these problems can be solved.
However, TCL is expected to release a flexible phone later this year, but did not disclose whether it is foldable, mobile or both.