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  • - Folding phones are boring.

  • Look we've had the first wave of foldable devices

  • and they're neat, but you've seen all that already.

  • This is about what comes next

  • after the current generation of foldables.

  • Sling like the tri-fold from TCL,

  • a wild new concept, folding tablet, phone thing.

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  • Unlike most foldables the tri-fold has two hinges,

  • which lets it fold up into thirds .

  • You can use it as a phone,

  • you can unfold it once to use as a bigger screen

  • or fold the unfolded into a full size tablet.

  • It's not a half way compromise like some of the other

  • foldables that we've seen which basically

  • turn into just slightly wider phone displays.

  • This is a full blown tablet.

  • It's nearly as big as an iPad,

  • but you can still fit it in your pocket.

  • The screen folds from a 10 inch tablet

  • down to 6.65 inch phone.

  • You could also open it two-thirds the way

  • and ya know prop that up it'll auto rotate

  • so you can use in whatever orientation you want.

  • There's a lot of weird use cases

  • that you could probably use this for.

  • The screen on this one is a 3k panel,

  • but again that's just this prototype.

  • We have no idea if the finished version will have that,

  • but the tri-fold shows just how hard it's gonna be to turn

  • these ideas into reality.

  • I've gotten to play around with the prototype for a bit

  • and it's really rough to use right now.

  • It is incredibly heavy for a phone.

  • It's got those big metal hinges and there are three separate

  • batteries to power all those displays,

  • it's basically three phones.

  • And even though it's really thin as a tablet the phone mode

  • is super thick and that's before your worrying

  • about things like the software,

  • which is basically non-existent.

  • Durability which is a huge question

  • or price which who even knows.

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  • But looking even further into the future.

  • TCL also had a very early mock up of a rollable phone.

  • This is really cool idea that's a phone that has a fully

  • flexible display that slides around the side

  • and behind the phone.

  • And it could roll back out and become a larger display

  • when you need more space.

  • The way it will, in theory, work

  • is that there's gonna be motors on the inside of the phone

  • and you'll press a button and it'll expand out

  • from a 6.75 inch display to a 7.8 inch screen.

  • Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but your actually getting

  • almost double the screen space it's almost twice as wide.

  • The whole system is actually pretty similar to the rollable

  • Oled TV that LG's been showing off for years.

  • Now again this is a really early concept,

  • it's not even a functional device, just plastic

  • and a screen that's literally just a sheet of paper.

  • Is this a good idea?

  • Who knows.

  • It does avoid some of the issues of current foldables,

  • like those easily breakable hinges

  • and the creased display which is cool.

  • But it's almost guaranteed to have issues of its own.

  • Moving parts they're tricky.

  • Now the tri-fold is just a proof of concept

  • and the plastic sliding one even more so.

  • You won't actually be able to buy either of these devices

  • and it's not clear if TCL's actually gonna make products

  • based on these concepts in the future.

  • So why should you care.

  • Well, first of all, because it's cool.

  • I mean look at this thing it's a phone that unfolds

  • into a giant full size tablet.

  • And it actually turns on and runs android,

  • it's like a science fiction prop.

  • But it's also important, because TCL is planning

  • on eventually making foldable and rollable phones

  • that might actually look like these.

  • Possibly as early as next year.

  • The company says that it's experimenting with dozens

  • of different form factors right now.

  • So it's possible that phones like these,

  • could be real one day.

  • Look phones have basically

  • been the same for the last decade.

  • Black boxes with touch screens.

  • Devices like the tri-fold or that sliding concept,

  • even if they're not here yet,

  • show off what the future phones

  • might one day look like.

  • And that's really exciting idea.

  • Thanks so much for watching.

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  • our Galaxy S20 ultra review.

  • You can actually buy that one.

  • Check out the review.

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