It would be an understatement to say that folding phones are the new trend. The whole concept of a phone that can be folded and expanded is what now drives many manufacturers, and each company has found an impressive way to tackle the practical constraints. According to the latest report, TCL has plans to create one foldable phone that has a design similar to a watch-like bracelet. And, that’s not the only design.
According to the patent information received by CNET, TCL has made five designs for its foldable smartphone project and all of them are different from one another. While the first four are vaguely similar, the fifth one is trying to bring the sci-fi concepts of smartwatch-cum-smartphone. Practically speaking, the user would be able to convert the smartphone into a watch-like bracelet and wear them.
While the practical constraint has been re-viewed as a possibility, it’s a question how many users will still be interested in having a rectangular piece of smart tech on the wrist. It’s also a big question whether TCL will be choosing this design instead of the four others. For the record, TCL has maintained that it won’t be doing a foldable smartphone anytime sooner.
According to reports, TCL is expected to launch its foldable smartphone in 2020, by the time which the actual market would have seen one or two products of the same type. Considering that five designs have been filed to the authorities, it’s very likely that TCL has not made the final decision yet. As a company that does not want to rush as of now, there is chance that the launch would surpass 2020.
As of now, foldable smartphone is the product of the future. Even when some companies have come up with their concepts of foldable design, not many have addressed the practical concerns and the compatibility of the software side.