At CES 2021, LG wowed us with a short teaser about its innovations Rollable concept phone. Unfortunately, the company Smartphone department closedAnd with it, plans to launch a rollable display phone have also been put on ice for good. However, details of the LG Rollable have now been shown in a video, with a market-ready retail package.
The phone appears to have been unofficially canceled right on the cusp of a public launch, which is a shame and a huge loss for phone fans. The LG Rollable had a lot going for it. The top and bottom edges have rail-inspired sliding mechanisms that extend/contract the bezel to reveal/hide the extra screen space.
When the LG Rollable is used like a regular phone, the expandable portion of the screen that wraps around the edge and covers just over half of the back panel has been deprecated. However, if you flip the device over, it can be turned on and used as a normal monitor, albeit with limited functionality, such as Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
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With the back of the screen activated, the collapsed LG phone also gave users the flexibility to use it as a scene selector to take selfies with its HD rear cameras. The idea reminds us Huawei Mate X phone Foldable phone series.
It’s also clear that LG wasn’t a fan of the notch, holes, or Ugly floating cutout for the front camera matrix array. Instead, the selfie camera is neatly positioned in the upper left corner of the frame, providing a truly full screen experience.
At the back, the rollable piece blends almost seamlessly with a raised rib that houses the dual selfie camera and fingerprint sensor just below it. Biometric hardware is the reliable round sensor, rather than the narrow, side-mounted pill-shaped fingerprint sensors of modern phones.
There appears to be some kind of pressure or light sensor on the right edge that activates the rolling view and unlocking behavior. The mechanism appears to be quite robust, enough to move two thick books while the screen is open.
However, swiping with three fingers from the left to the right edge, or vice versa, will also do the trick. It also looks quite elegant and is executed almost flawlessly by LG engineers. Additionally, there is a one-click quick toggle button system that can be accessed by swiping inward from the right edge to do the same.
When the screen opens up to reveal a tablet-like space, the UI elements also expand accordingly. For example, the Settings app expands seamlessly into a two-row format, a design element that Google has introduced Android 12 for. It also appears that LG has created a side panel-like system that we see on Samsung’s One UI interface, allowing users to access their favorite apps and gadgets in a jiffy.
The screen in its normal state is a 6.8-inch unit, but when it is rolled out, it offers a 7.4-inch panel. The lights are kept by a 4,500mAh battery, but there is no room for wireless charging due to the design.
The aspect ratio is on the taller side at 1.5:1, which is a far cry from the squared approach taken by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Oppo Find N. But the LG Rollable’s aspect ratio is also good as helpful, because letterboxing is minimal. While watching videos, the situation with games will also be more palatable.
In terms of specs, the rear camera setup includes a 64MP main shooter capable of capturing 8K video, along with a 12MP ultra-wide angle shooter. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 keeps it working along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.
Turning the scales at 285 grams, the LG Rollable fell into the same weight class as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Given the level of hardware and software quality of the prototype, it seems like the LG Rollable was rejected at the last minute.
Oppo is currently working on the same formulaBut her stance on the concept stalled in quality-rating hell after showing it to reporters and releasing a few baffling teaser videos.