We’ve seen just about as many different foldable phone concepts as phone makers, but one particularly intriguing idea could be coming back from the dead: CNET reports that BlackBerry and Alcatel brand owner TCL are working on as many. five Different folding devices, one of them. A phone that can be folded around your wrist like a bracelet., by the image you are seeing immediately above these words.
It’s not really a new idea: one of the first folding phone prototypes we saw from Lenovo was a wristwatch, in 2016. Here’s a video from that Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag:
To be honest, the details on TCL’s devices are pretty scant. CNET only obtained the above performances and an image of a patent application to show how these devices could work, and none of them respond the important question– Will it automatically snap into place if you tap it on the wrist?
But the report suggests that all five of these devices are in development, so it’s not just an art department interpretation of five different directions TCL could go if it wants to build a foldable phone in the future. Because that’s definitely what it looked like to me at first.
Also, a source says The edge that TCL may have more to say and show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.