No TCL foldable phone coming soon, company confirms


A render of the phone shows that it had a similar design to Samsung’s recently released Galaxy Z Flip 3. When unfolded, it had a 6.67-inch AMOLED display. In its folded mode, users could access a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen, which would have shown info like the day and time, notifications, access to a flashlight, and more.

Inside, the phone would have had the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, along with a 3,545 mAh battery. There would have been two rear cameras: a 48MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide camera. There would also have been a 44MP front-facing camera.

In an interview with Cnet, which included actual images of the Chicago prototype, Streit said that the price of the phone would have been about $800. While that’s indeed cheaper than Samsung’s current foldable phones, it apparently wasn’t low enough for TCL to pull the trigger to launch Chicago, which would have happened sometime in the fourth quarter of 2021. Instead, TCL will start again with another phone, which won’t launch for at least 12 to 18 months.

With TCL bowing out of the foldable phone race, at least for now, it looks like Samsung will be dominating this niche market for some time to come.

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