LG Rollable: Rolling-screen smartphones have never been so close

At CES 2021, LG briefly showed a roll-up screen smartphone prototype. The project now has a name: LG Rollable.

LG Rollable

LG Rollable (CES 2021) // Source: LG

Did you think foldable screens were the future of the smartphone? Think again, this is so 2019-2020 as the trend! In 2021, the fashion is now for roll-up screens to transform a traditional smartphone into a small tablet, using a mechanism that slides one edge of the device and pulls part of the screen with it.

Roll-up screens everywhere

During CES 2021 , LG unveiled its upcoming novelties for the year in the television sector, notably with its smaller OLED screen (42 inches) , or still webOS 6.0. But the screen specialist also wanted to make an impression with LG Rollable, its roll-up screen for smartphones.

After TVs, it is therefore smartphones that could benefit from such technology. After a quick teasing last September, LG is now showing a much more successful concept and name. The Korean company promises a “ unique resizable screen “, the perfect compromise between the dimensions of the smartphone and the large screen of the tablet.

LG Rollable en action

LG Rollable in action // Source: LG

A Simple Concept Against Competition

For the moment, it is only a simple prototype of the type “ proof of concept ” and LG has not revealed any technical information on the device itself, nor even on the screen. We do not know what are the possible dimensions, the number of possible back and forth movements or even the possible defects that this can cause.

But in 2021, manufacturers who wanted to make the buzz could not come empty-handed. TCL presented such a screen at the virtual show while Oppo already unsheathed its own a few months ago with the Oppo X 2021 . We are also waiting to see what Samsung will do in this matter, he who is the only one today to offer a smartphone with a viable foldable screen, but also Xiaomi, which had full promises for 2020 and which has not transformed testing appropriately. We rolled around… like this screen.

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