LG's highly anticipated rollable phone will hit the market this year. The design is simple- it looks like a paper scroll where the users would have to pull apart both the halves to see the screen. Now, this seems like a final name of the device. While the foldable phones are becoming a more prominent part of the smartphone world, LG gave us a glimpse at its next Explorer project device which has a rollable display. When the top half is pulled, it pulls in more of the display screen.
Flexible screens have been the holy grail of smartphone innovation since the current form factor became ubiquitous over a decade ago. In November 2020, Samsung's vice-chairman Lee Jae-Yong was spotted holding an unidentified phone that appeared to have a rollable screen.
The President of LG Electronics teased viewers at the CES that the LG Rollable might come in early this year. The technology that "rolls" the display of televisions have been revealed by the South Korean company in October a year ago, but turning it into a smaller device like a smartphone seems impossible. 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.
During the opening of Jin-hong Kim's (SVP, Head of LG's Global Marketing Center) presentation, the scene was shown through a smartphone which expands from a smartphone to a tablet. And remember, we're talking about a company that released the LG Wing in the past six months. While MWC has moved to the summer in the hope that life may have returned to something approaching normal by then, CES is now underway entirely in virtual form.
We don't know if or when LG might consider releasing this device, but we'll certainly try to take one for a spin.