LG took advantage of CES 2021 to unveil the LG Rollable, a smartphone built around an astonishing roll-up screen. Good news, it’s not just a concept. The roll-up smartphone will be available for sale in the course of 2021.
This Monday, January 11, 2021, the CES 2021 show opened its doors. At the end of its conference, LG lifted the veil on an astonishing smartphone covered with a roll-up screen, the LG Rollable. The terminal is very reminiscent of the Oppo X 2021, another roll-up screen phone presented a few months ago, or TCL’s roll-up smartphone prototype.
Thanks to this particular form factor, the terminal is able to switch from smartphone to tablet. To take advantage of a larger display surface, the screen simply unfolds thanks to a mechanism housed in the structure. A motor is probably powering this mechanism, which could affect battery life. A similar system can be found in the LG Signature OLED R, the South Korean brand’s first rollable television.
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At first glance, the LG Rollable therefore looks like any other smartphone. But once the screen is fully unfolded, it is rather closer to the tablet. Unlike the foldable smartphones currently on the market, including Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, the LG Rollable is not equipped with a central hinge. De facto, it escapes the fold marks found on all devices with a folding screen.
At the conference, LG simply teased the LG Rollable with a handful of images. On the other hand, the South Korean firm has not yet detailed the technical sheet of the device. According to the information obtained by our colleagues at Cnet from “People familiar with LG’s plans”, the brand will market the LG Rollable in the course of 2021.
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The prototype seen at CES 2021 is therefore not far from the final version that will be marketed. Obviously, it is possible that LG will be content to offer the LG Rollable in a handful of countries initially. We tell you more as soon as possible about the future of the roll-up smartphone. While waiting for more information, feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.