Folding tablets are cool, and so are clam-shell style folding phones, but that’s not all there is to the concept of flexible displays. TCL on Thursday introduced a pair of concept devicess that could ultimately make their way to market.

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One concept includes what’s being billed as the “world’s first rollable extendable” display while the other offers up a tri-fold approach to phones. Both are unique to be sure, but neither are ready for prime time just yet.

World’s first rollable extendable display

Rather than folding a tablet in half, this concept device takes a different approach to extend the 6.75-inch display. Indeed, it has a rollable AMOLED display that is motor-driven to push out to 7.8-inches. Like others in this area, it allows for split screen and multi-tasking. But, unlike the others, there’s no crease or wrinkle.

Tri-fold tablet concept

Also playing in the same phone-into-tablet space, this concept uses both a “DragonHinge and ButterflyHinge technology. In essence, it’s a 6.65-inch device that unfolds to reveal a 10-inch tablet. Further, it’s a 3K display with 20.8:9 aspect ratio. According to TCL, it features a multidimensional shine with a 3D holographic finish.


We’re already on board with both of the TCL concept devices, even with these limited looks at each. Neither necessarily looks like something a casual, everyday person might want, but those who value a little extra may be interested.

We’ll be ready to hear, and share, more information on either of these products as they potentially move closer to reality.

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