In the last few years, TCL has been experimenting with the form factor of its smartphones and this time, it has taken it to another level by teasing a 3-in-1 Fold ‘n’ Roll smartphone. As suggested by the name, the smartphone can fold and roll simultaneously giving you not one or two but three form factors. The smartphone allows users to switch from a 6.87 inch phone to either a 8.85 inch phablet or a 10 inch tablet design.
The Fold ‘n’ Roll smartphone fold through its Dragon Hinge and is similar to Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 or more recently, on Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold. TCL decided to use ‘phablet’ as its form factor which became popular with Samsung’s Galaxy Note series and is hardly used by any smartphone maker these days.
Whereas, the 10 inch form factor can be achieved of the phone by sliding out additional screen space from the left side of the device, which is called the tablet mode by TCL. Other than that, no information is available about this upcoming smartphone. TCL announced that later this year, it will launch its first commercial device with flexible display tech, though it is still unclear if it will also introduce the Fold ‘n’ Roll in 2021
According to TCL, its “still exploring the technical specifications” of this type of device suggesting that they have no plan of launching the phone in near future. If they manage to price the device aggressively, they will be able to fill the void for affordable soldable smartphones.
TCL has also expanded its 20 series, originally launched at CES 2021, with three new smartphones – TCL 20L, 20L+, and TCL’s most powerful phone yet, the 20 Pro 5G. Meanwhile, all three smartphones feature company’s TCL’s mainstay NXTVISION display tech, which boasts true-to-life colours and blue light filtering, along with AI-driven visual enhancements.