So while having a wander of the booths we came across the TCL booth and on the inside of this booth, we saw some very cool looking folding screens. It turns out that TCL has been working with sister company CSOT in the development of flexible screen tech amongst other things.
Here is the folding screen in action and I have to say it looks pretty sweet,
Now just to keep you grounded these are just screens they are showing here they are not actual devices. the company behind them is CSOT and their business is to make screens. They have been working on developing these flexible screens for a while and they anticipate being able to release theses screens to consumer devices by 2020. Needless to say, these consumers devices will most likely be under the TCL umbrella and feature on future Alcatel products
This foldable tech has been patented by TCL under the name of DragonHinge so they are clearly serious about using the tech going forward. I was quite impressed with how the hinge looks and also how it works. Now I cannot say what it feels like as these demo unit were behind glass but it looks pretty sturdy and one of the better adoptions of this tech. It also may turn out to be one of the more cost effective but that is just mere speculation on my part.
They were also showing of some flat OLED screen’s one of which was an edge to edge panel that can be seen below.
This an impressive screen and is pretty damn good in terms of spec and it bodes well for the future development of TCL phones.
Net to this screen was a slightly different version with nearly invisible bezels which you can see below.
A nice sneak peek at some upcoming stuff from TCL lets hope we see it in a working phone in the near future.
TCL Communication unveils its patented DragonHinge™ technology supporting the company’s future flexible display mobility portfolio
BARCELONA – February 24, 2019 – TCL Communication’s newest innovations are making their global debut at Mobile World Congress 2019 with the showcase of the company’s flexible display product portfolio in addition to announcing its all-new DragonHinge technology. With the support of the company’s patented DragonHinge™ technology, TCL Communication is able to showcase for the first time a preview of the company’s complete lineup of flexible panel mobile devices.
Using custom flexible AMOLED displays from TCL sister company, CSOT, these foldable mobile devices are supported by TCL Communication’s proprietary DragonHinge™ technology which creates a mechanical housing for these devices, allowing them to fold and bend in support of a variety of use cases. This provides effortless and seamless movement, enabling the development of further flexible device designs which will make more advanced user experiences possible.
“Together with the support of our sister company, CSOT, we’re showing that TCL can be an innovator and leader in the mobile device market of the future,” said Peter Lee, General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing at TCL Communication. “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. However, we’re not in a race to be the first because we feel it is more responsible to take a patient, thoughtful approach to not only solve hardware challenges, but also work with our partners on software solutions to ensure we deliver a meaningful user experience.”
“When we look at the practical application of flexible display and foldable mobile devices, there are really three challenges that need to be overcome: the flexible AMOLED display itself, a durable mechanical housing, and of course the software that can seamlessly adapt to these new form factors,” said Shane Lee, General Manager, Global Product Center at TCL Communication. “Through TCL’s vertical integration with CSOT, we have conquered many of the challenges that come with flexible displays; and now 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. 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.”
TCL Communication will showcase the first DragonHinge concept products this week at Mobile World Congress 2019, with the first consumer-ready devices expected to arrive in 2020.
To see all the latest mobile devices from TCL Communication – including our DragonHinge concept devices – during Mobile World Congress 2019, please visit our booth at the Fira Gran Via, Hall 3, Stand 3D11.