Thursday, October 21, 2021

TCL working on smartphone with detachable dual camera module

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Beijing, Oct 1 (IANS) Consumer electronics brand TCL has patented a smartphone with a detachable dual camera module that can be used as a rear and front-facing shooter.

According to a LetsGoDigital report, the Chinese electronics brand filed a design patent with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration).

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Currently, it is unknown if the detachable camera module can be used without being attached to the smartphone

In an email to The Verge recently, the company confirmed that its clamshell-style foldable phone, codenamed Project Chicago, was in mid-development when the company decided to put it on indefinite hold.

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The delay is due in part to rising production costs and supply chain shortages, the report said.

The TCL showed off a few foldable prototypes last year, and again earlier this year at CES 2021, as well as a “rollable” screen design.

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In April, the company showed off a Fold an Roll device that could expand from a 6.87-inch phone screen to become an 8.85-inch phablet or a 10-inch tablet size.

The company said it is not giving up on the foldable product category but doesn’t have a time frame for when its first foldable device may be commercially available.

–IANS

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