25 February 2019
TCL has become the latest technology brand to join the bandwagon of foldable smartphones. The only difference, for now, is that it has unveiled a foldable display tech called DragonHinge instead of actually releasing a phone. At MWC 2019 keynote, TCL showcased a bunch of prototypes demonstrating exactly what this technology can bring to the table.
TCL made use of custom flexible AMOLED display panels from its sister company China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) to demonstrate DragonHinge technology in action. It did not reveal too many technical details about the tech but said that it "creates a mechanical housing for these devices, allowing them to fold and bend in support of a variety of use cases."
In other words, TCL is hoping that its DragonHinge technology will allow devices to be folded in different ways for offering even more use cases. This is the reason it showed five different prototypes where one of them could be folded and worn on the wrist like a smartwatch. It is the same device which appeared in a recent leak about a TCL patent application. It is hoping to release first consumer-centric foldable phones based on this technology starting next year.
Peter Lee, General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing a TCL Communications said,
"Together with the support of our sister company, CSOT, we're showing that TCL can be an innovator and leader in the mobile device market of the future. When we look at the potential of our flexible device portfolio, we're obviously very excited about what we'll be bringing to market down the road. However, we're not in a race to be the first because we feel it is more responsible to take a patient, thoughtful approach to not only solve hardware challenges but also work with our partners on software solutions to ensure we deliver a meaningful user experience."