LG Will Launch The World's First Rollable Smartphone In 2021

Dhir Acharya - Jan 13, 2021


LG Will Launch The World's First Rollable Smartphone In 2021

In CES 2021, LG teased its Rollable smartphone. The company will actually launch the phone later this year, according to a source familiar with the plan.

During CES 2021, LG teased its Rollable smartphone in its press conference, but that wasn’t just for show. The company will actually launch the phone later this year, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The brief glimpse of the rollable smartphone was the second tease of this device, showing a phone screen extending upward to form a bigger display like a tablet. It’s likely that at the bottom of the phone in the landscape mode, there is a mechanism furling and unfurling the screen, which is similar to how it makes its rollable OLED TVs.

LG Rollable
LG Rollable

LG’s Rollable smartphone appeared in two videos only at the end of the press conference and LG’s executives did not even mention the handset. From that, there were speculations that the Rollable was a concept phone and not ready to be released. Then, TCL showcased two rollable phone concepts, including a 17-inch device that could unfurl from both ends, but this concept won’t likely come to real life.

LG Rollable
LG Rollable

However, that’s not the case for the LG Rollable, which will become the first smartphone of its kind to hit the market. The release of the Rollable will mark another leap in the evolution of smartphone designs beyond foldable phones. After many years of using the same metal box design, phone makers have been attempting to develop different concepts and shapes to make smartphone exciting again.

Last year, LG rolled out the LG Wing, a device with two displays stacked together, the top one could swivel out into the horizontal mode. LG used to be one of the few phone makers in the highest segment with its flagships. But then, Samsung and Huawei took over the market while smaller firms like OnePlus have been rising fast.

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