TCL will be launching its first foldable phone in 2020, but in October 2019 gave us an insight into a concept device to whet its appetite and give us an idea of what the company is planning.
While the foldable phone we're looking at may not look exactly like the handset we're launching next year – it may even fold differently – it shows us that TCL is closer to a final product.
Back in February, we saw some of TCL's foldable concepts behind glass at MWC 2019, but they could not be processed yet. Fast forward seven months and we already have the foldable telephone concept of TCL under control.
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Release date and price of the foldable TCL phone
This is a concept phone, so there is currently no fixed release date or price for the device. The handset we handle will actually not go on sale, it will be an updated version of what we have seen.
We know that TCL 2020 will bring its first foldable phone to market. It will be cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X hovering around the $ 2,000 mark.
This does not mean that TCL's foldable phone will be cheap and affordable compared to the current offerings on the market.
TCL foldable phone concept design and display
The foldable TCL concept is a working smartphone, but it's not perfect. Close the handset completely and it turns itself off (but can be easily turned on again) and the user interface is somewhat sluggish under the finger.
However, it's nothing to worry about. This is the purpose of the device, hardware, and software concept to test and troubleshoot before launching a consumer-ready version.
TCL is very open to its plans for its foldable device. It is not desirable to be the first. It would rather take time to ensure that everything is working properly and also to draw lessons from those that were previously launched to avoid mistakes that competitors make.
The widespread problems with the Samsung Galaxy Fold have led to more research, development and testing by TCL to avoid similar setbacks.
It is clear that there is still a long way to go, but we are impressed by the progress so far. The butterfly hinge on its foldable phone feels sturdy and moves smoothly. The bezels around the flexible display are narrow and on the back there are four cameras that offer a variety of shooting options.
The screen is bright and clear, although it does not appear to be higher than Full HD resolution (there are no exact specifications for this device yet).
Open it completely and there is a slight crease in the middle of the screen where it folds – expected, but it may distract a bit from what is shown on the display.
TCL is making good progress in the market for foldable phones. The significant improvements that MWC has made in terms of this concept are clear, and the 2020 launch is planned.
It will be interesting to see how much the current foldable phone can undercut and what design and features it will choose.
We are informed that we will learn more about foldable telephone conversations either during CES 2020 in January or MWC 2020 in February. In short, it is not too long to wait.
The price written on this page is true as the time it is written. It may change at any moment.