In recent years we have seen a multitude of manufacturers try to enter the market for folding phones. The main advantage of folding screen phones is to save space and offer more screen area. TCL however has a different idea to achieve this: roll up the screen. And they already have video prototypes working.
It was earlier this year that we first heard of this TCL phone. At that time it was just a computer-made prototype, but it seems that things have gotten serious. In new leaked videos you can see a demo of how this screen works and rolls up on a phone. Although we already have televisions with a roll-up screen, here the miniaturization is much greater.
A screen that behaves like a roll of paper
Essentially what TCL has done is an electronic equivalent to paper rollsl. If we look at the videos we see how the screen extends to form an elongated rectangle starting from a screen that is almost a square.
There are two examples that TCL is showing. In the first one, the screen extends vertically and starting from the top. In the second one, it is more reminiscent of a parchment, where both sides are rolled up at the back. The former certainly looks more promising for mounting on a phone.
Unlike folding screens, roller screens do not require extra space. That is, a folding screen at the point where it is folded there is always a gap since it is not a complete 180 degree fold. In the roller screens, the screen is simply rolled up as a blind.
TCL has been experimenting with different ideas for displays in these lasts months. We have seen several folding screen prototypes and even a tri-fold screen. But where they undoubtedly promise is in roll-up screens, something in which the other manufacturers have not shown anything yet.
Anyway for now they are still just prototypes. We may see something official in the coming months, but hardly a market-ready phone until at least next year. In any case, seeing real prototypes and working is encouraging.
Via | TechRadar