Published: Wed, January 13, 2021
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TCL To Launch A Rollable Or Foldable Phone This Year

TCL To Launch A Rollable Or Foldable Phone This Year

But we may soon start seeing what comes after.

According to what was shown in the CES videos, the bottom of the phone likely is equipped with a mechanism that furls and unfurls the display when the phone is held in landscape mode. The report added that while the company avoided going into further details but it is confirmed that when the device is launched, it will be called the LG Rollable. The concept is part of LG's "Explorer Project", which aims to deliver devices that are distinctive and feature "unexplored usability experiences".

This could be our first look at LG’s rollable smartphone

LG teased the Rollable today during their CES 2021 keynote, which we've captured for you below. Instead, LG has already released their weird flippable Wing phone as an alternative, but their next play is where things get weirder and possibly more awesome. In the video at the source link, you can see how the LG Rollable seamlessly shrinks from a tablet into a smartphone.

Korean tech giant LG is the first major vendor to promise a smartphone with a rollable screen. These devices can expand and reconfigure themselves from a 6.7-inch phone to a 7.8-inch tablet with "a simple tap of the finger". In addition to their own rollable phone, TCL also announced a 17-inch printed OLED scrolling display that can unfurl and features a "100% color gamut", CNET reported. The LG Wing was the first and now they are following up with Rollable. TCL announced a rollable concept phone a year ago as well, but that one wasn't a working model and it also extended horizontally rather than vertically.

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