A triple folding phone? Hands-on with TCL's working DragonHinge prototype

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When we last saw TCL's prototype for a crazy triple folding phone last October, it was in the preliminary stages. 
The concept was there, with the "DragonHinge" allowing it to bend in multiple directions, but a working screen was not. 
This week, however, we had a chance to get our hands on the wacky phone-tablet hybrid, and while it is still very much a prototype, the company is making some progress and now has a functioning device. 
When fully opened you have a 10-inch tablet with a large plastic display. You can also fold it so that only two screens are open, with the unused portion either tucked away or used to prop up the rest of the device. 
You also can take it down to just one screen in a more traditional phone-like device. It's divided into three segments, each containing a 6.65-inch display and its own battery. As you can imagine, when you fold all three layers down, it's incredibly thick. Unsurprisingly, it feels as if you had three phones stacked on top of each other.
Running Android, the device adjusted to each screen opening and closing, but a lag was noticeable when switching modes, although that's to be expected of a concept device like this. It's clearly not yet ready to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate XS

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