Although there is still a lot of doubt and hesitation surrounding foldable phones, especially due to their prices, there is no shortage of providers trying to get into the game. It’s not just about the foldables, as some companies are also researching and testing phones with rollable screens. This latter category has yet to make a formal entry into the mobile market, but there have definitely been plenty of ideas for how such a rollable phone should work. Young brand TECNO, which has been showing off some bold concepts recently, has also done its bit, demoing a concept for a phone whose screen folds and rolls, but still has two extra screens for good measure.
Foldable phones try to solve the puzzle of screen size and portability. While many people wouldn’t mind having a big screen on which they can see more content, they are annoyed that they can’t easily fit it into their pockets or small bags. Foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and OPPO Find N2 offer a small phone-sized device that has a tablet-sized screen, but that screen is still no match for something like an iPad, at least not. in size.
One workaround that has been proposed is to combine foldable and rollable technologies to truly deliver that “tablet in your pocket” experience. That is precisely what the TECNO Phantom Vision V brings, at least in concept. Like the aforementioned foldables, the devices open up to reveal the flexible screen inside, but it still has a trick up its sleeve. The left side of the device expands further, unfolding additional screen space that would be equivalent to a 10.1-inch tablet with a more normal rectangular aspect ratio.
An additional detail that makes the Phantom Vision V a bit more interesting is another small screen below the camera array on its back. This mimics the clamshell display of clamshells that offer a more restricted feature set, primarily for notifications and quick actions. It’s not hard to imagine that it would also be used to take selfies with the more powerful rear cameras.
It’s not exactly clear from the video and images if the TECNO Phantom Vision V has a more traditional clamshell screen on the opposite side, allowing the device to be used like a normal phone when folded. There is the possibility that the roll-up side of the screen could also be used on that external part, which would save on components and construction costs. That means a flexible portion of the screen will be exposed to the outside, which could raise durability concerns. Given the non-trivial design, it will likely be some time before it becomes a reality, and TECNO is silent on its potential timeline for bringing the Phantom Vision V into production.