03 June 2022
TCL's presentation at MWC 2022 primarily included traditional-looking smartphones and tablets but it had a couple of interesting devices as well. We are talking about the foldable device concepts that the company showcased at the event. These are TCL 360-degree Ultra Flex and TCL Fold n Roll. As the name suggests, the two concepts differ in their approach to the foldable mechanism.
TCL has named the first concept foldable device as 360-degree Ultra Flex. It features a 360-degree hinge mechanism that enables it to fold in both ways. In other words, users will be able to fold the device inwards as well as outwards. This is different from the majority of the foldables that fold only one way.
The approach is similar to how some of the 2-in-1 convertible laptops work. However, it has a display panel only on the inner side which measures 8-inches. TCL says it is an AMOLED panel with 2480 x 1860 pixels resolution. There is also support for the stylus to help users doodle, take notes, and more.
The TCL Fold n Roll is essentially a foldable phone featuring a rollable display. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in the first appearance. It folds on the inside and has a big display on the inner side too. But what makes it different is that it can roll out, even more, display from the left side.
The device sports a 7-inch display in the unfolded state but expands to deliver an 8.8-inch real estate with 2880 x 2160 pixels resolution. It will basically turn into a huge screen tablet with a rollable mechanism. It is said to measure 8mm in thickness when unfolded and about 18mm when in the folded state.
Both of these are just conceptual foldable devices at this point in time. TCL has not shared any details about when and if we will get to see these devices in the commercial market. It is also the reason there are no words on the pricing information of these devices.