While there’s still a lot of skepticism and reluctance when it comes to foldable phones, especially because of their prices, there’s no shortage of vendors trying to get into the game anyway. It’s not just foldable either, and some companies are researching and testing phones with rollable screens as well. This last category has yet to make a formal entry into the mobile market, but there have certainly been many ideas about how such a rollable phone should work. Young brand TECNO, which has been showing a few bold concepts recently, has also thrown in its two cents, showing a concept of a phone whose screen folds and rolls but still has two extra displays for good measure.
Foldable phones try to solve the puzzle of screen size and portability. While many people don’t mind having a large display on which they can see more content, they don’t mind being able to keep it easily in their pockets or small bags. Foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the OPPO Find N2 offer a small phone-sized device with a tablet-sized display, but that display still isn’t on par with something like an iPad, at least not in size.
One other proposed solution is to combine foldable and rollable technologies to truly deliver the “tablet in your pocket” experience. That’s exactly what the Phantom Vision V TECNO brings to the table, at least in concept. Just like the foldable ones mentioned above, the devices open to reveal the flexible display inside, but it still has one trick. The left side of the device expands further, rolling out additional screen real estate that would be equivalent to a 10.1-inch tablet with a more typical rectangular aspect ratio.
Additional details that make the Phantom Vision V a little more interesting than another small display below the camera array on its back. This mimics a flip-type clamshell wrap display that offers a more limited set of functionality, mainly for notifications and quick actions. It’s not hard to imagine that it would also be used to take selfies using the more powerful rear cameras.
It’s not exactly clear from the videos and images if the TECNO Phantom Vision V has a more traditional cover display on the other side, which allows the device to be used as a regular phone when folded close. There is a possibility that the rollable side of the screen could also be used on that outer part, which would save the components and construction costs. That means a flexible part of the screen will be exposed on the outside, which could raise concerns about durability. Given the non-trivial design, it will probably take some time before it even materializes, and TECNO has not said anything about its expected timeline for putting the Phantom Vision V into production.