While details are scarce, the LG Rollable is at least visually a tantalizing response to Samsung’s multitude of foldable phones. contrary to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which pairs a tall, narrow external display with a spacious interior display, the Rollable’s unique display is the same size as a traditional smartphone screen – at least, before mechanically deploying to the size of a small tablet. From what we’ve seen, this smart design means the Rollable’s screen won’t feature the same telltale crease that many existing foldables have.
Of course, adding mechanical complexity to a device that will bounce around bags and drop occasionally has its own issues. As mentioned, LG gave little information on how the Rollable’s display mechanism works, but one would be right to be concerned. long term durability. This is especially true when you consider the fact that unlike foldable phones, rollable phones have yet to benefit from public scrutiny and external testing.
LG’s experience in building roll-up TVs, along with the device’s long and covert gestation, means that the Rollable will be largely wrinkle-free at launch. It should be noted, however, that other companies have explored similar concepts publicly. TCL could be most notable – it showed a prototype smartphone with a sliding screen in early 2020, although he noted that such a device would not be commercially available for some time as the rolling mechanism still needed to be perfected. Given the speed at which TCL seems to work with smartphone concepts, it’s very possible that we’ll end up with two rival rollables later in 2021. Needless to say, if you don’t need to buy a new phone for the time is definitely worth the wait to see this ambitious new material this year.