It's also worth noting that LG also announced the first rollable TV - the 65-inch LG Signature OLED R (Model RX) back in October. What remains to be seen is how well the company manages to add the rollable display to a phone. After years of pushing the same metal box design, the phone industry has been keen to experiment with different shapes and concepts to spark some excitement again.
This image provided by LG Electronics Inc. on January 11, 2021, shows Reah Keem, a virtual human designed by LG Electronics, speaking at the company's press conference for CES 2021. Fair play to LG for rolling the dice though (geddit?). The LG Rollable appeared briefly in the video, although the executives didn't disclose any information about the device. The lack of details left the public in amazement and doubts whether the smartphone is only a concept design or a release that would soon come in the future. LG has not yet confirmed what display tech the Rollable is using, or any details on the different display sizes. The concept is futuristic and LG's teaser certainly fanned the hype. Now, this seems like a final name of the device.
The Nikkei report claims LG is working with China's BOE Technology Group to produce rollable screens for the upcoming phone. The Rollable phone will feature - as LG calls it - a "unique resizable screen" that turns the device into a small tablet.
The rollable phone, however, seems particularly intriguing, as it could transform the smartphone into a reasonably sized tablet without the typical downsides of foldable phones, which are hefty and have a visible crease where the screen folds. That might mean only one side will on the finished phone, but it's equally possible that both will and that LG simply chose to only show one. This sounds insane, but we have already seen phones that are capable of achieving this thanks to the use of folding screens.