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Instead of phones with a bendable display, TCL has a new trick up its sleeve: an extendable slide-out screen. A prototype of this phone is supposed to appear in MWC, but sadly the show has been cancelled.

TCL’s concept of the phone is to offer more screen space without needing to rely on bending the displays like the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr. When the display is extended, you’ll end up with a tablet-sized device that comes with a curved screen.

TCL's newest concept phone replaces foldable display with an extendable slide-out screen 1
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Based on the images, the TCL concept phone will sport a dual-camera setup on the front — located on the top right of the phone. Next to the cameras is where you can supposedly extend the display, so you’re pulling two sides apart to get that extra screen. If you look at the back of the phone, the vertical line right next to the quad-camera setup is where you can pull to extend the screen.

So, where did they hide the extra screen? Our current assumption is that it is hidden in between the back panel and the primary display, so when you pull it out, you’ll notice a slight unevenness in the displays. That being said, I still think it’s better than foldable displays that (sadly) haven’t been perfected yet.

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