After asserting a number of new 20-series telephones throughout its “Display Your Greatness” occasion, TCL confirmed off a brand new Fold ‘n Roll idea gadget, a smartphone that mixes folding and rolling expertise to attain three distinct type elements. TCL additionally introduced that it’s “on observe” to launch its first foldable later this yr.
The Fold ‘n Roll builds on ideas that we noticed during CES 2021 earlier this yr. It begins as a 6.87-inch smartphone, unfolds to an 8.85-inch “phablet” type issue, and may increase (like a scroll) to a 10-inch pill.
And in contrast to the tri-fold idea proven off by TCL in 2020, the Fold ‘n Roll isn’t obscenely thick or awkward to carry. It’s solely barely thicker than a daily smartphone, due to the rolling display expertise.
TCL acknowledges that the Fold ‘n Roll wants a variety of work. Hiding practically 5 inches of display whereas within the “smartphone” type issue is a tough activity, so that you’re left with further display on the rear aspect of the gadget. We in all probability received’t see the Fold ‘n Roll hit retailer cabinets any time quickly, although TCL has working prototypes and enhance the idea for a future launch.
On the finish of its “Display Your Greatness” livestream, TCL introduced its plans to launch a foldable gadget by the tip of 2021. Pricing and design for the foldable stay unannounced, although TCL hints that it’ll price lower than foldables from Samsung.