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Forget foldable smartphones, extendable Model is the future

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer TCL may be working on a futuristic new phone model with an extendable screen.

An extendable screen is evident from images that appeared on the American tech website CNet. The photos initially seem to show a regular, rectangular smartphone. That changes when the extendable screen is conjured up; this actually turns the phone into a tablet.

The extendable screen model of TCL
©Cnet – The extendable model of TCL

It is not clear exactly how the technique works, but based on the images, there is a possibility that the sliding screen slides behind the fixed part or around it.

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Foldable

The screen is reminiscent of the foldable smartphone, with which various manufacturers are currently entering the market. That works with varying success. For example, Motorola chose to relaunch the classic folding phone from the 2000s and Samsung released the Galaxy Fold.

The (according to rumors) extendable model of TCL.
©CNet – The (according to rumors) extendable model of TCL.

Whether folding screens are the future remains to be seen. For the time being, the displays are particularly vulnerable.

According to a source from CNet, the manufacturer planned to show this extendable screen phone during the Mobile World Congress, but this annual telecom fair in Barcelona was recently canceled due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

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