Leaked renders reveal TCL slide-out concept phone meant to be at MWC - MobileSyrup
|MobileSyrup 17 Feb 2020 at 16:51|
TCL was planning to show off one such slide-out device at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020, according to CNET . The publication also obtained renders of the slide-out phone, which will not be on display now that GSMA, the organization behind MWC, .
While renders are a good start, suffice it to say that they dont stack up to seeing the real thing. Among the most notable aspects of the device is the slide-out portion. The closed version of the phone looks like a typical smartphone, complete with a selfie camera cutout and a curved edge display. However, when looking closely, you can see the seam in the chassis where the phone opens up just above the camera cut-out.
When pulled apart, you can also see a space at the top and bottom of the screen. The space appears to be a rail of some kind that allows the device to slide. Interestingly, the open phone doesnt show a seam in the display, suggesting it sports one large display when open. Its not clear how the device maintains a single display.CNETsuggests that the screen bends or wraps behind itself when the phone is closed.
Judging by the spacing in the render, I doubt the screen can wrap under itself, at least, not without a fairly tight fold. And as weve learned from foldable phones, tight folds lead to creases and creases look ugly.
However, the slide-out nature of the device is certainly intriguing. Compared to foldable phones, slide-out devices could have a few benefits. For one, a slide mechanism could be less complicated than folding a device in two. Plus, weve had sliding smartphones before, just not with expanding screens.
Further, a slide-out would likely use a single, more efficient battery rather than splitting up the battery as some foldables do.
Finally, slide-out devices, depending on the implementation, could also avoid the unsightly crease. However, Id need to spend some time with TCLs concept sliding phone before making an official determination whether it accomplishes that goal.
Ultimately, its a neat concept. However, the renders dont provide nearly enough detail to properly understand how this would work in practice. Its a shame that MWC wont take place and, for now, well miss the opportunity to see TCLs slide-out in person.