While we are breathing in the era of smart foldable phones like Z flip and Motorola Razr, TCL is living in 2030. The tech company has come up with a prototype for a phone with an extendable screen that slides wide enough to convert the device into a tablet. Sounds cool, doesn't it?
The world had recently been introduced to the possibility of large yet portable screens, but TCL one-upped Samsung that released a flip smartphone called Z Flip. Their product received mixed reviews due to the hinges, but TCL decided it was time to bring the big guns out and they have been successful because so far no one has been able to figure out any downside to the new concept phone.
It would have been released this month at Mobile World Congress according to reports, but the concerns regarding coronavirus forced the organizers to cancel the event. TCL was not present for any comment regarding the release of their new design.
This is why no one has been able to access the sample yet, but from the leaked images of the model, we can tell that the concept phone has curved screens on both sides to support a wide display. The break in the screens between the center of the phone that allows you room to slide reminds us of a dining table that has extra space underneath for a greater number of guests.
The screen slides toward the right from what we have observed and looks slightly thinner than the original one. We also suspect that either the right display bends around (due to curved edges) or wraps behind the left screen and this might make the phone weigh more than usual.
The reason that this slide-out prototype is arousing such curiosity is that, in the Galaxy Z flip, the crease in the screen was one of the main concerns of the experts. However, in this device, the eyes of technicians are eager to look for the way the screen slides to form a larger display and whether it is as efficient as it looks.
If it becomes a successful attempt, then it could be a breakthrough in the two-in-one device models as you would get more battery life (let’s see) and you wouldn't have to worry about folding your phone. We are desperately waiting for the release of the prototype so we can see how different it is from the samples that have hit the market before and whether the screen is as durable and flexible as it looks.