LG Rollable video shows off the best phone that's ever been |  Digital trends

LG Rollable video shows off the best phone that’s ever been | Digital trends

At CES 2021, LG wowed us with a short teaser of its innovative Rollable concept phone. Unfortunately, the company shut down its smartphone division and with it, plans to launch its rollable screen phone were also put on the back burner forever. However, the LG Rollable has now been detailed in a video, with a ready-to-go retail package.

It looks like the phone was unceremoniously canceled just on the cusp of a public launch, which is a shame and a huge loss for phone enthusiasts. The LG Rollable had a lot to offer. The top and bottom edges have rail-inspired sliding mechanisms that expand/shrink the frame to reveal/hide the extra screen space.

When the LG Rollable was used as a regular phone, the stretchable part of the screen that wrapped around the edge and covered just over half of the rear panel was disabled. However, if you flip the device over, it can be turned on and used like a normal screen, but with limited functionality, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.

A beautifully futuristic sacrifice to a fierce market.

With the rear part of the screen enabled, the doomed LG phone also offered users the option of using it as a viewfinder to click selfies using the high-resolution rear cameras. The idea is reminiscent of Huawei’s Mate X series foldable phones.

LG roll-up side profile.

LG apparently wasn’t a fan of a notch, holes or an ugly floating cutout for the front camera array either. Instead, the selfie camera is tucked neatly into the top left corner of the frame, providing a true full-screen experience.

Almost an LG phone hi

At the back, the rollable segment blended almost seamlessly with a raised rib housing the dual selfie camera and fingerprint sensor just below. The biometric hardware is the reliable round sensor, instead of the pill-shaped, side-mounted fingerprint sensors of modern phones.

There appears to be some sort of pressure or light sensor on the right edge that activates the rolling and rolling behavior of the display. The mechanism seems to be quite sturdy, enough to move a few thick books when the screen unfolds.

However, a three-finger swipe from left to right, or vice versa, would also do the trick. It also looks pretty neat and almost perfectly executed by LG engineers. Additionally, there is a quick one-click toggle button system that can be accessed by swiping inwards from the right edge to do the same.

Respect the genes of the tablet

As the screen opens up to reveal a tablet-like expanse, the user interface elements also expand accordingly. For example, the Settings app is smoothly expanding to a two-line format, a design cue that Google introduced with Android 12L. LG also appears to have created a side-panel-like system we see on Samsung’s One UI skin, allowing users to access their favorite apps and tools in a jiffy.

LG roll-up hinged slide hardware.

The screen in its natural state is a 6.8-inch unit, but when deployed it offers a tablet-like 7.4-inch panel. The lights are kept on by a 4,500mAh battery, but there’s no wireless charging capability due to the design.

The aspect ratio is taller at 1.5:1, which is a far cry from the boxy approach taken by the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Oppo Find N. But the high aspect ratio from the LG Rollable is also quite advantageous, since the letterbox is minimal when watching videos, and the situation with games would also be more acceptable.

Back side of LG rollable phone.

As for specs, the rear camera setup features a 64-megapixel main snapper capable of capturing 8K video, sitting alongside a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 continues to work in tandem with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.

LG rollable screen in extended mode.

Tipping the scales at 285 grams, the LG Rollable fell into the same weight class as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. In terms of software finesse and solid hardware of the engineering prototype, it seems the LG Rollable was eliminated at the last moment.

Oppo is currently working on the same formula, but its own take on the concept got stuck in quality rating hell after pitching it to journalists and releasing a few tantalizing teaser videos.

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