The First ROLLABLE Smartphone Is HERE

The First ROLLABLE Smartphone Is HERE
4 min read
17 November 2020

Samsung has been marketing their foldable   smartphones as the future of smartphone technology  but it seems the future might not just folds but   also rolls.

It's no secret that Oppo has been  one of the most exciting companies to follow for   a couple of years. From launching the motorized  Oppo Find X to periscope zoom cameras to crazy   fast charging solutions. The company knows  how to get people excited about technology.   And now they are back with another cool concept,  the rollable smartphone. Known as the Oppo X 2021   and is the first working rollable concept phone  we've seen from a mainstream smartphone company.   TCL showcased one earlier this year but I don't  think that counts since it was a dummy unit.  

Anyway, this phone has a rollable mechanized  display that extends with just a touch or a   swipe. The First ROLLABLE Smartphone Is HEREIt looks like any other smartphone with  a 6.7-inch curved-edge display at first glance.   But a simple swipe on the side will expand the  display to 7.4-inches for that tablet experience.  The First ROLLABLE Smartphone Is HERE This mechanism has two dual rolling motors  that extend or retract the display with   equally-distributed force on both halves of the  phone. When extended, the display is supported   by metal layers under the panel which ensures that  the display isn't very susceptible to damages.  

The biggest advantage of rollable smartphones  over foldables is that there won't be any crease   on the display something current foldables are  still trying to overcome.The First ROLLABLE Smartphone Is HERE Another advantage is   that there is no need for a second display  or a second front camera like on the Z Fold.   And on top of that rollable smartphones  can be way thinner than foldable phones.  

This Oppo phone is just 9mm thick about the same  as the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The current best foldable   the Z Fold 2 measures 16mm thick when folded  so that's a big plus for rollable phones. 

Also, the Motor on this phone allows users  to unroll the display as much as they want,   which means you don't have to either fully extend  the display or use it at its native size. You   can find your sweet spot and won’t have to worry  about settling for 6.4-inches or 7.4-inches.  

Since it doesn't have a fixed display it presents  new opportunities for developers and users.   Oppo gives the example of clicking a video link  which then results in the screen adjusting for the   aspect ratio on its own. The possibilities  are endless.

By the way, It's important   to remember that this is just a concept and  there are actually no release plans yet.   But I'm almost certain LG is going to  beat Oppo to market. LG has already   teased the same rollable phone at their event  a month ago and they are planning to launch a   commercial handset as soon as March in about 4  months. That's the phone you can actually buy,   unlike this one.

Samsung is also rumored to  launch a rollable smartphone next year and   their Chairman was recently seen holding a  rollable Samsung prototype which certainly   indicates that companies are seeing a  huge potential in rollable smartphones   and like I've said they might even beat  foldables as the next big thing. Of course,   that depends on how practical these motors are  and what is the lifecycle of this mechanism. 

But this is certainly exciting. It feels like  we're back in the 2000s when companies used to   come up with crazy ideas for their phones but  this is totally a whole new level and excited   to see what they bring us to the table.

Let  me know what do you think about this down   in the comments.

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