LG rollable smartphone was teased for just a moment at CES 2021. LG’s presence at CES 2021 is primarily focused on TVs, home appliances, and smart home devices. Right at the start of today’s press conference, we received a very interesting test. The virtual show opened with an unexpected spectacle: a rollable LG smartphone.
LG rollable smartphone
Yes, what started out as a typical tall, slim smartphone shape has gradually evolved into a tablet-like shape, with the screen rolling off the opposite edge. The press conference then ended with another look at the rollable in action, which this time slowly closed automatically. (Now the screen image is obviously simulated, but hey, it’s a conceptual device.) We certainly didn’t see this coming, although rumors have been around for years that LG is working on such a device.
Engadget has confirmed that the company intends to bring up the LG Rollable device upon release, which would be appropriate. This would be due to generally lukewarm responses to all of LG’s previous form factors that drove the industry. LG has said in the past that despite the competition that makes fully foldable phones, the technology isn’t ready for the mainstream – and that’s why we’ve seen other innovations. like the detachable dual screen for the latest G and V series phones and the swiveling LG wing with two screens. (Rumor has it that this rollable concept was originally called the “wing”.)
LG keeps pushing the boundaries of what we consider a smartphone.
LG isn’t the first company to introduce an LG rollable smartphone concept. Oppo and TCL had their own settings, and I personally kept prototypes of the TCL version. The idea is solid – because OLED panels are thin and flexible, they can be wrapped tightly around an edge of the phone, and when placed on a slide rail the phone can be squeezed together. slowly elongate and extrude what is shown in the enlarged frame. This solves many of the problems we have with folding devices today and avoids the problems with folds and hinges.
However, there are still significant engineering hurdles for rollers of all kinds. Display covers have been made tough enough to look like glass on regular one-bend pleats, but they come right out the window with a roll-up. The roll-up form factor also adds even more complexity to the phone frame – especially when the extension is motorized. But if a company can do that, I expect LG to be one of the pioneers.