Budget foldable? TCL teases own phone

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TCL's 'DragonHinge' foldable may be 30% cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Fold

FOLDABLE. TCL's concept foldable on display at Mobile World Congress 2019. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

BARCELONA, Spain – Move over Samsung and Huawei. There’s another player in the foldable fold: China’s TCL, the company known for their budget appliances and the current owner of the Alcatel and Blackberry brands.

Their own foldable device was on display at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, which just like Huawei’s Mate X and Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, was inside a glass case safe from prying hands. It’s obviously a lot less glitzy than its superstar counterparts, but hey, it folds too. 

It’s also said to be fairly cheaper, with CNET reporting that TCL said they want to release a foldable phone next year that’s 30% less expensive than the Galaxy Fold. The Fold is priced at $2,000, meaning the TCL phone – if it ever does make it to market – may be around $1,400. The Mate X is currently the most expensive foldable at $2,600, expected in Summer 2019. 

The Royole Flexpai, however, also by a Chinese company, may be less expensive at $1,300. The Flexpai, as you may remember, gained notoriety in late 2018  when it was unveiled just 3 days before Samsung first showed off their foldable concept. 

The device is shown here in its various configurations as well as a spec sheet:

The device makes use of TCL’s “DragonHinge” design, which swings 0 to 180 degrees, with the size halved when folded. The screen is a 7.2-incher AMOLED with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, and a 90.73% screen-to-body ratio. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.