TCL is working on a phone with a slide-out display, leaked renders reveal

On: February 19, 2020

After Motorola and Samsung launched their clamshell foldable phones, the Motorola Razr and Galaxy Z Flip, respectively, TCL is reportedly the next in line to innovate. The company is working on a slide-out smartphone that can turn into a tablet once its display panel is pulled out, according to a report by CNET. The images of the smartphone reveal a design that is inspired by the TCL 10 Pro. The report also states that the company was looking forward to showcasing this concept at MWC, 2020. However, the tech show was cancelled due to the looming threat of the Coronavirus.

Related read: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 to reportedly feature an under-display camera, S Pen support


TCL’s phone can turn into a tablet when the display is extended

TCL slide-out phone: expected features

The renders reveal that the phone has a continuous display panel that is curved on the sides. Dual selfie snappers can also be seen in the images inside a cutout on the screen. Since the extra panel would either bend or wrap behind the main display, the device is speculated to be quite thick. On the back, the second panel will have a non-glass chassis and this extended side is expected to be slightly thinner than the main panel.

In 2019 during the Mobile World Congress, the company had shown off a prototype with a trifold screen and a budget foldable smartphone. However, it’s uncertain when the manufacturer will showcase this slide-out handset to the world. We’d advise readers to take this information with a pinch of salt, as nothing is final yet and a few surprises could still be in the offing.


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