Undoubtedly, 2019 would be the year of foldable phones, and, obviously, every tech company out there would love to get a share of this emerging market. While Samsung would present its foldable device in just a couple of days, along with the Galaxy S10, other companies are working on their own such devices. TCL, for its part, is working on something special. In a recent TCL patent, the company revealed a folding smartphone that easily transforms into a wristband, changing the concept of foldable phones.
Samsung and Huawei would most likely become the leaders in the emerging market of folding smartphones. But there’s room for other manufacturers, as well. We already heard rumors that all the big players in the smartphone industry are working on their foldable phones, and we’ve even seen some of the patents or mockups of those upcoming devices.
However, TLC is the latest tech company to draw attention with its concept of a folding smartphone that easily transforms into a wristband, similar to a sort of smartwatch.
TCL Patent Revealed A Folding Smartphone That Easily Transforms Into A Wristband
While the concept of a very flexible smartphone that can also be worn as a wristband is not new since Lenovo had presented it about three years ago, TCL filed a patent including this device. More specifically, the most recent TCL patent revealed five different foldable phones. While the first four of them are looking similar to what we’ve already seen from Samsung, Huawei, and others, the fifth device is a folding smartphone that converts into a wristband.
It would be lovely to see this device becomes a reality, but we can keep dreaming about it because TCL is not going to launch any foldable smartphone until 2020.
Also, next year, it’s not likely that TCL would come up directly with this folding smartphone that turns into a wristband, but it’s not improbable, either, as, by 2020, the market will most probably be flooded with foldable phones that would convert from smartphones to tablets. So, why wouldn’t we also get one folding smartphone that would transform into a smartwatch?