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Tech & Science TCL shows off flexible displays and “DragonHinge” technology at MWC

17:39  26 february  2019
17:39  26 february  2019 Source:   expertreviews.co.uk

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TCL has taken to MWC 2019 to show off concepts of its latest technological advances, including the “ DragonHinge ” hardware that will form the physical

DragonHinge is TCL ’s patented technology which allows for manufacturing of flexible display panels for smartphones. While the technology is being showcased at MWC this year. © Expert Reviews TCL shows off flexible displays and “ DragonHinge ” technology at MWC .

TCL shows off flexible displays and “DragonHinge” technology at MWC© Expert Reviews TCL shows off flexible displays and “DragonHinge” technology at MWC

Not keen to be left out following the recent spate of foldable phone announcements, Alcatel owner TCL Communications has unveiled its own flexible displays and accompanying “DragonHinge” technology at MWC in Barcelona.

However, unlike Samsung and Huawei’s foldable phones, which will be available to buy over the coming months, TCL’s devices are firmly prototypes. Indeed, the firm made it clear that it won’t be releasing a consumer-ready device until some time next year.

TCL did show some specifications alongside the main prototype, however, which was secured behind behind a glass cabinet at the tech show. The most significant of these are that the device has a 7.2in 2K display in its unfolded state and a 90.7% screen-to-body ratio. That’s a similar display size to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and a little smaller than the Huawei Mate X.

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DragonHinge is TCL ’s patented technology which allows for manufacturing of flexible display panels for smartphones. While the technology is being showcased at MWC this year. © Expert Reviews TCL shows off flexible displays and “ DragonHinge ” technology at MWC .

The MWC prototype comes from that latter operation: TCL is not just showing off the flexible OLED display , it’s here to convince people that its patented I was shown the interior metal structure of the DragonHinge frame (no photos allowed), and the hinge itself operates using a series of small gears.

So why show off prototypes if they’re still a long way from being ready for public consumption? As well as making a statement of intent, the Chinese firm explained that it wants to refine the technology rather than rush it out.

“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,” said Peter Lee, General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing at TCL Communication.

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TCL ’s DragonHinge isn’t actually just the physical hinge, but an umbrella technology which covers three key aspects; an AMOLED panel that can TCL is using flexible AMOLED panels made by its sister company CSOT while TCL is providing the mechanical housing into which the display would go.

Flexible , lightweight, and durable hinges for smartphones are not very easy to design as well. One thing to note about the 7.2-inch DragonHinge prototype shown at MWC is that it is at such an early The way TCL shows off the prototypes reveals that it has at least three teams working on foldable

“However, we’re not in a race to be the first because we feel it is more responsible to take a patient, thoughtful approach.”

“With the announcement of DragonHinge, we’re able to show the world how we’ll overcome the mechanical housing challenges that must be solved in order to support these new foldable form factors,” he said.

“We now have a hardware solution to build from, freeing us up to tackle the unique software experiences this new technology enables, and how it all ties in to the larger connected ecosystem as we prepare to launch our first foldable device next year.”

The fact that so few people have been able to go hands-on with Samsung and Huawei’s new foldable phones makes me wonder if they, too, still face major obstacles as far as software development is concerned. As with any new product category, it will take a considerable amount of time before third-party developers can optimise their apps for an interesting, but unfamiliar, form factor.

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