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The Morning After: the rollable smartphone that never existed

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At CES 2021, LG revealed that it was working on a phone with a roll-up display and that it would be available later that year. Unfortunately, the company shut down its mobile operations before that happened. Now, a hands-on video from Korean tech reviewer BullsLab shows just how close LG’s Rollable came to launch.

The Rollable went in a different direction with flexible screen technology. Instead of folding, the screen, well, rolled out of the device. The screen was able to stretch until the phone became a small tablet. The video shows how responsive the device is and how quickly it powers off after the YouTuber swipes three fingers across the screen. The reviewer even shows how strong the motor is, pushing books away from the phone as it unfolds. Unfortunately, it was never intended. I’d certainly worry that anything motorized would struggle with longevity too — there’s a reason motorized pop-out selfie cameras quickly disappeared from smartphones.

Oppo also showed a prototype of a rollable phone in 2021, but that project has also fallen silent. Maybe CES2023?

– Matt Smith

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