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As a Z: as is the TCL prototype of a smartphone that folds into three parts


TCL showed a prototype of a folding smartphone that has three sections, allowing a larger screen when deployed, but makes the device thicker than others when folded Credit: Courtesy CNet

TCL presented by these days a prototype of a
folding smartphone, adding to the proposal of
Samsung (which already sells the Galaxy Fold),
Huawei (which could sell the Mate X in mid-November) and
Motorola (which may present the Razr next month).


Fully deployed, the screen occupies 10 inchesFully deployed, the screen occupies 10 inches Credit: Courtesy CNet

The TCL design is unique because it has
double hinge, so it is a phone that folds into three parts. But unlike the
prototype that Xiaomi showed, with a central screen and two fins that fold back, the TCL design is like a Z: the hinges fold the equipment in the opposite direction so that it looks like a chord.


With two hinges the TCL design achieves a larger screen, but also a thicker deviceWith two hinges the TCL design achieves a larger screen, but also a thicker device Credit: Courtesy CNet

This design makes it thicker than other models, but also allows a larger screen to be displayed,
as CNet reveals; about ten inches (against the 8 inches of the Huawei Mate X or 7.3 inches of the Samsung Galaxy Fold). Or use one of the three parts as a keyboard, placing it perpendicular to the other two.


The hinges of the TCL design rotate counterclockwise to fold the phone like a ZThe hinges of the TCL design rotate in the opposite direction to fold the phone like a Z Credit: Courtesy CNet

For now, however, it has no date of arrival on the market or estimated price: it is one of the many designs with which cell phone manufacturers are exploring the world of flexible phones.

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Like a Z: this is the TCL prototype of a smartphone that folds into three parts – LA NACION