At CES 2021, rollable and foldable phones give us something to look forward to

At CES 2021, rollable and foldable phones give us something to look forward to

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Rollables represent the next development of smartphones.

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It may be just a fleeting glimpse from LG CES 2021 Press conference, but teasing a smartphone with screens that hint at a return to mobile devices shaking the traditional metal and glass slate. Despite introducing some new foldable phones in 2020 – notably the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold 2, and the widespread release of the Motorola Razor, some people were in the mood to spend between $ 2,000. Global Ubiquitous Epidemic.


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It’s 2021 and, well, little has changed. However, the hope is that the rapid spread of the COVID-19 vaccine – still a big if at this point – can bring some normality to our lives, as well as renewed appetite and appreciation for more creative and dynamic phones. .

Because we face it, we can all use something to rekindle.

LG did their best with their tees during the first day of CES. This was the second abbreviated version, this time offering the device’s name, the on-the-nose LG Roleable. Curiously, LG executives didn’t even mention it during the press conference – glimpses of the phone were seen in the quick promo reels that began and ended – but It’s real and coming this year.

TCL, which has shown several bendable prototypes over the last two years and which teased more rollable concepts on Monday, will finally release a folding phone to consumers this year, according to Stephen Strait, general manager of marketing for the company. The most notable aspect is his goal of the $ 1000 price tag. This is in line with Samsung’s last month’s commentary which has more affordable foldables.

These foldable and rollable phones are not just gimmicks, which generate some buzz. These new, experimental designs help the industry move forward when it comes to how mobile devices look and function in the coming years. As handsets evolve from flip and candy bar designs to sleek metal-and-glass slates due to the iPhone, foldables can spark a change in how we interact in line with our phones. Lower prices mean that these phones are somewhat more accessible to people.

“Form factor innovation is definitely a feature,” Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon’s consumer business, said in an interview on Tuesday. He did not comment on LG Rollable, but said he was “very impressed” and was coming in line with some innovations.

But can that enthusiasm match the initial burst of energy? Two years ago by 2019, the clock was turning and foldable publicity was on a fever pitch. Samsung kicked things off with an early look at its Galaxy fold, a few days after Huawei’s Mate X kicked off the year with Motorola’s Razor. Things were going to flare up in 2020, with more changes coming.

We all know what happened next.

But early activity at CES suggests that we may be in the shop for more successes this year.

A development from foldable

LG rollable phone display returns Signature LG OLED RRoleble TV which has been the highlight of some past CES LG conferences. Employing a flexible display in a large 65-inch television is impressive, but taking that technology in one hand and squeezing it into the phone is another challenge.

“I can’t help but marvel at the technological innovation that goes into these,” said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC. “It says a lot about display technology and their resolution that can be tucked into such a flexible form factor.”

While LG has provided little information about the phone, revealing the name of the device suggests that it is ready to move forward with the product. The rollable marks another radical change in design on foldable phones and shows that the industry still has some new moves.

LG is not the only one thinking. TCL’s display business also showcased two rollable concepts, one being a small phone with a screen that is up to 6.7 inches while in portrait mode and the other with a 17-inch display that resembles both of the treasure. Ends like a map.

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This distant concept bullet looks like a treasure map that you open from both sides.

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TCL is no closer to launching a rollable phone. Strait said in an interview ahead of the show that the company was still working on refining the mechanics of its prototypes.

According to ET News (via Tom’s Guide), Samsung reportedly also has its own role prototype, and Oppo showcased a role-held concept called the Oppo X2021.

Despite the epidemic, LG did not stop experimenting last year when it released in the fall Lg wing, An awkward phone with one screen stacked on top of another, capable of swivel in a horizontal position, essentially creating a T-shaped display. As unusual as it sounds, CNET editor Lynn La stated that it actually helps with multitasking and video recording.

Even if it was not a big hit, it takes the industry in a different direction.

Make folding more accessible

After years of teasing the wild prototype, TCL is finally ready to enter the foldables game. While the company was mum about foldables during the CES presentation, Strait said the company plans to release one at the $ 1,000 price point this year.

“We are 100% confident that this allows us to be very disruptive,” Strait said in an interview ahead of CES.

As a result, Strait said that the first foldable would use more of the traditional concepts that are already appearing. It suggests a design similar to a flip phone, which we have seen from Samsung and Motorola. Those types of devices come at lower price points than larger phones with fold-out screens, such as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Huawei Mate X.


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Similarly, Samsung was hinting at an even more basement in 2021.

“The Z Fold2 was praised as a smartphone that is possible with mobile technology and I’m excited to say that this is a sign that we can explore this category-changing space, develop Continue to expand and expand, ”TM Roh, president of mobile communications for Samsung, in a blog post.

It comes as ET News reports that Samsung has four foldables coming out this year, including two versions of each of its flip and fold lineups.

The breadth of the upcoming foldable phone suggests that it won’t be a game for just a showpiece or one-cent and we can taste the phone over the next few years.

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