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December 6, 2021

👋 Good morning! Anyone else watch the F1? One of the craziest races in memory, in a season of crazy races.

Folds and rolls

TCL appears to have been pushing forward with its rollable foldable (or foldable rollable?) idea, after showing off a render of its Fold ‘n Roll earlier this year. 

Take a look below (sorry for the tiny size) at the concept phone that helps you avoid needing to choose between folding or rolling tech:

fold roll tcl prototype
  • There’s a complete video at the link showing a fairly hairy prototype, with the software not ready for prime time, as you’d expect.
  • It shows, as you can glimpse in the gif, that the screen extends to the left when unfolded, offering more pixels for the owner.
  • The design was shown at last month’s DTC 2021 in China with a video published by Fold Universe.

What it means:

  • This has a few different meanings, I feel.
  • One is that it’s great to see more form-factors, more interesting/weird phones, more innovations that are trying things, and that TCL is working on ideas.
  • Another is that this will probably never see the light of day. 
  • TCL teased us with foldable prototypes, rollables, and talk of its hinge technology and so on, and then in September this year, confirmed it had “suspended” its foldable phone plans codenamed “Chicago,” despite investing “billions,” a claim which still makes no sense.
  • But, the last point to stir into the mix is that a few weeks ago, at the TCL Huaxing Technology Conference 2021, TCL also showed off a 360° foldable display, which was listed as a world first.
  • TCL Huaxing, part of TCL’s conglomerate group, has worked with the likes of Xiaomi in the past.
  • So it’s not just a TCL possibility here, and while I don’t fully expect anyone to have a Fold ‘n Roll or a 360° foldable display phone in 2022, the boundaries are being tested…

By the way: Stable Android 12 update or One UI X is now arriving on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3.


⌚ To follow the Pixel Watch rumors from last week, now there’s some sketchy/alleged/possible Google-made marketing renders of ‘Pixel Watch’ doing the rounds… who knows about this one? (

👉 New Galaxy Tab S8 series renders show the Ultra’s notch again (Android Authority)

📸 Sony Xperia Pro-I review: Not for ‘normals,’ best left to the pros (Android Authority)

😬 Someone’s sensitive photos reportedly leak after Pixel 5a is sent in for repair (Android Authority)

🔫 Halo Infinite reviews are out! Ars Technica writes: “Great balance between classic and new ideas marred by serious technical issues.” Polygon: “The magic is back,” and “For the first time in a decade, Halo is pushing the boundaries,” says CNET.

🔋 IKEA’s latest wireless charger appears to be a portable model (Engadget).

🥽 Stanford is offering its first semester taught in virtual reality. It’s for an audiovisual degree, so that kinda makes sense? (The Stanford Daily).

📈 Quantum processor swapped in for a neural network (Ars Technica).

💰 I didn’t know this, but Wikipedia is swimming in money, amassing hundreds of millions. Why is it begging people to donate? (DailyDot).

💵 Speaking of: Wikipedia creator’s computer and NFT of first edit up for auction: “part of the proceeds will fund Wales’s WT.Social project” (TechXplore).

😬 Oops: Hackers take between $150-$196 million from crypto exchange Bitmart (CNBC).

🌓 Mysterious cube-shaped anomaly discovered on the moon’s far side by China’s Yutu 2 rover, which will figure it out over the coming months (Space).

🔥 The Twitter wildfire watcher who tracks California’s blazes …from New Zealand (Wired).

🍳 “What food tastes as great cold as it does hot?” (r/askreddit).

Monday Meme

“The Church of the 95% Confidence Interval”, or Hallgrimskirkja, in Reykjavik, Iceland:

  • Apparently a great view from the top, just watch out you’re not there at the top of the hour when the bells go…

Bonus: new metaverse dropped.


Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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