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TCL Communications reveals DragonHinge technology that will power future foldable devices

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TCL Communications, the company behind Alcatel and BlackBerry, has unveiled its latest innovation – the DragonHinge flexible display technology which will be used in a range of future devices.

DragonHinge uses flexible AMOLED displays from TCL’s sister company CSOT and includes a mechanical housing that allows them to fold and bend in a variety of usage scenarios.

The technology will empower engineers to come up with advanced designs and provide a range of new user experiences.

On the CSOT stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there were several examples if working bendable screen samples that bent in different ways.

“Together with the support of our sister company, CSOT, we’re showing that TCL can be an innovator and leader in the mobile device market of the future,” said Peter Lee, General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing at TCL Communication.

“When we look at the potential of our flexible device portfolio, we’re obviously very excited about what we’ll be bringing to market down the road.

“However, we’re not in a race to be the first because we feel it is more responsible to take a patient, thoughtful approach to not only solve hardware challenges, but also work with our partners on software solutions to ensure we deliver a meaningful user experience.”

There are numerous applications for flexible display and foldable mobile devices which need to be both high quality and durable.

“When we look at the practical application of flexible display and foldable mobile devices, there are really three challenges that need to be overcome: the flexible AMOLED display itself, a durable mechanical housing, and of course the software that can seamlessly adapt to these new form factors,” said Shane Lee, General Manager, Global Product Centre at TCL Communication.

“Through TCL’s vertical integration with CSOT, we have conquered many of the challenges that come with flexible displays; and now with the announcement of DragonHinge, we’re able to show the world how we’ll overcome the mechanical housing challenges that must be solved in order to support these new foldable form factors.

“We now have a hardware solution to build from, freeing us up to tackle the unique software experiences this new technology enables, and how it all ties in to the larger connected ecosystem as we prepare to launch our first foldable device next year.”

TCL Communications will showcase the DragonHinge technology at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the first consumer devices expected to be available in 2020.

* Stephen Fenech travelled to Barcelona as a guest of Huawei