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Tech & Science TCL working on foldable phones, one could turn into a watch?

13:26  18 february  2019
13:26  18 february  2019 Source:   pocket-lint.com

TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch

TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch CNET says the BlackBerry and Alcatel brand owner is working on as many as five foldables

TCL is exploring making a flexible phone that folds into a smartwatch. Now playing: Watch this: We cannot wait for smartphones to dazzle us at MWC 2019. The images are preliminary, and TCL could change or scrap its plans. It's also unclear when the devices could hit the market.

TCL , manufacturer of BlackBerry and Alcatel smartphones, is thought to be jumping on the foldable phone bandwagon.Several brands The patents show five devices with flexible displays including two tablets, two smartphones and perhaps most interestingly, a smartphone that could fold into a watch .

TCL working on foldable phones, one could turn into a watch?© CNET / POCKET-LINT

TCL, manufacturer of BlackBerry and Alcatel smartphones, is thought to be jumping on the foldable phone bandwagon.

Several brands are expected to announce a foldable smartphone this year, including Samsung and Huawei, though some patents and renderings discovered by CNET suggest TCL will do something a little different.

The patents show five devices with flexible displays including two tablets, two smartphones and perhaps most interestingly, a smartphone that could fold into a watch.

TCL working on foldable phones, one could turn into a watch?© Provided by Pocket-lint TCL patent suggests foldable phone turning into watch image 2

Both the tablets and smartphones appear to be in two variants with one tablet and smartphone offering display that folds inwards like a clamshell, while the other variants shows a display on the outside, similar to what Royole launched at CES 2019 with its FlexPai foldable smartphone.

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TCL ’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch CNET says the Blac One of these 5 foldable phones is such that it turns into a bracelet and you can wear it like a smartwatch. The TCL is working on 5 foldable devices, with 2 tablets and 2 smartphones turning like a.

TCL ’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch CNET says the Blac One of these 5 foldable phones is such that it turns into a bracelet and you can wear it like a smartwatch. The TCL is working on 5 foldable devices, with 2 tablets and 2 smartphones turning like a

The other device appears to be tall and slim with the ability to fold around the wrist in a cuff design.

As with all patents, many never see the light of day in terms of actual manufacture, but foldable screens are set to be a trend for 2019 so it's no surprise to see yet another company dabbling in the field.

It is not clear when or if the TCL foldable devices will launch, though the company did tell CNET it had plans to release its first foldable device in 2020.

Meanwhile, in the foldable phone market, Samsung is expected to reveal its foldable device - the rumoured Galaxy F - during its Unpacked event on 20 February so stay tuned.

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