While details are sparse, the LG Rollable is at least a visually baffling response to a large number of Samsung’s foldable phones. Unlike Galaxy Z Fold 2Combining a tall, narrow outdoor display with a wide indoor screen, Rollable’s single screen is about the same size as a conventional smartphone screen – at least, before it mechanically expanded to the size of a small tablet. From what we’ve seen, this clever design means that the Rollable display won’t have the same stimulating crease found in many folds present.
Of course, adding mechanical complexity to a device that bounces into bags and falls at times presents problems of its own. As mentioned earlier, LG hasn’t provided insight into how the Rollable display mechanism works, but one would be right to be concerned about it. Long lasting durability. This is especially true when you consider the fact that – unlike foldable devices – foldable phones haven’t yet been able to benefit from general inspection and external testing.
Hopefully, LG’s experience building rotatable televisions, combined with the device’s long covert load, will mean Rollable will be largely free of kinks at launch. It should be noted, however, that other companies have publicly researched similar concepts. The Oppo X 2021 Perhaps the most notable one, as a handful of Chinese reporters were able to play with working prototypes in November, but the company was not able to decide a launch date, if ever.
TCL Also showed A prototype of a smartphone with a slide-out screen In early 2020, though, she indicated that such a device would not be commercially available for some time as the rolling mill still needed to be perfected.
Given the speed at which Oppo and TCL seem to be operating with smartphone concepts, it is very likely that we will end up with two or three foldable competitors later in 2021. Needless to say, if you don’t need to buy a new phone. Right now, it’s definitely worth waiting to see which ambitious new devices are in store this year.