Images of a concept smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer TCL have now appeared. As CNET wants to know, this should be shown at the MWC in Barcelona. TCL canceled the press conference there last week – a little later the MWC officially fell into the water due to the corona virus.
The pictures show a design based on the TCL 10 Pro. Unlike the current foldable trend – as Samsung is doing with the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Z Flip or Motorola with the Razr – we see for the first time a pull-out screen that turns the smartphone into a tablet. If you take a closer look at the pictures, it is probably a continuous display, which is rounded on both sides. Similar to a pull-out dining room table, pulling it apart seems to expose the hidden, central part of the display.
How exactly the mechanism will work and how durable it is is unclear and currently leaves some room for speculation. With current foldables you can hear different opinions. In any case, it is an exciting approach to put a tablet display in the form factor of a smartphone without folding the device in any way.
Since TCL has not yet scheduled an alternative event for the MWC, it is questionable when we will officially see the device. Since the concept device is already presentable, it shouldn’t take too long anymore.