A lot of foldable smartphones can be seen in the market. Some companies have shown off their foldable smartphone prototypes, and a few others are all set to reveal their foldable phones during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week. The idea of a foldable smartphone hasn’t been a new one, but no major smartphone manufacturer has been able to ship a product which works fine until now. TCL has been the latest company to have joined the growing trend of foldable smartphones.
TCL has been working on a family of foldable smartphones, which was reported by CNET. TCL has been building smartphones under BlackBerry Mobile and Alcatel brands, apart from their own brand.
The company has said to have been working on five new foldable devices, which include two smartphones, two tablets, and a flexible phone which can bend and form a smartwatch as well. All these devices will be seen as having a flexible display.
One of the smartphones can be folded around the wrist like a bracelet. This is very much similar to a concept which Lenovo had shown off in 2016. The devices could be in production already, but a spokesperson for TCL told that their foldable device will be released next year.
TCL has also been working on a foldable tablet which will resemble the Royole FlexPai. Two smartphone variants can be expected from TCL, which will bend like traditional flip phones.
Foldable smartphones have been the smartphone industry’s hot topic to get people’s excitement into them. Samsung and Xiaomi have teased their own versions of such foldable smartphones whereas Apple has filed a patent which seems to be a foldable smartphone. Intel is also expecting to have been working on a 3-display foldable phone whereas Huawei, Nubia, and Energizer have been expected to reveal their foldable phones during MWC 2019 next week.