Something to look forward to: if the expensive folding accessories from Samsung or Huawei do not seem fragile enough, TCL has a prototype 10-inch tablet that can use its two hinges to zigzag over three screens. While the folding smartphone market is still in its infancy, it remains to be seen whether Chinese society will be able to successfully pursue this factor, so it seems to be even more difficult and fragile than the existing folding designs.
TCL’s accordion-style smartphone prototype seeks to change the definition of folding with a form factor consisting of three screens. The Chinese manufacturer has used two hinges in the design, each folding in the opposite direction, ending with a combination of Galaxy Fold and Mate X in a single case.
The 10-inch tablet uses a patented “DragonHinge” and a butterfly hinge that results in a fold that always appears on the outside, eliminating the need for an external display like the Samsung flap. The phone also becomes quite thick when the device folds completely, eliminating any thinness, because the body looks like three connected phones.
A CNET practice shows a prototype that does not work with visible creases in the curves. “As with other folding phones, the act of bending is physical and visceral, which allows me to appreciate the technical feat of any company that makes devices with screens that fold in half,” said Jessica Dolcourt.
Additional information on the TCL unnamed prototype includes a four-camera configuration at the rear, a front-end shooter, and a USB-C charging port. Since the production of the telephone is not yet authorized, it can be expected that the price will be higher if it does not correspond to the current competition.
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