This is how close LG’s Rollable was to being a real phone

LG should release another phone with an unusual form factor in response to Samsung’s foldables, after The Wing. At CES 2021, the company confirmed that it is working on a phone with a scrollable display and that it will be available later this year. It never got around to launching the device before shutting down its wireless business after its latest models, which included the Wing, failed to gain traction. But now, a hands-on video from Korean tech reviewer 뻘짓연구소 (BullsLab) shows just how close LG was to launching the phone that would simply go by the name “Rollable.”

While the Wing had a rotating display on top of a smaller one below, the Rollable was designed to have a screen that expands until the phone becomes a small tablet. In the video, you can see how responsive the device is and how quickly it expands after the YouTuber swipes the screen with three fingers. Whatever is on the screen – even the animated wallpaper – will automatically adjust itself. At one point, the reviewer puts three books next to the phone to show that its motor is powerful enough to move the stack as it expands.

Aside from the stretchable main display, the back of the phone also doubles as an additional screen that can house a handful of widgets, including ones for camera, calendar, and music. If you launch the camera app from this extra screen, you can take selfies without turning on the main phone.

Based on the device tested by BullsLab, the rollable would have launched with a Snapdragon 888 CPU, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Those were top-level specs that would have placed the rollable in the same category as flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S21.

With LG’s mobile business defunct, the rollable has little to no chance of making it to market. It’s worth noting that Oppo showed off a rollable phone back in 2021, but it was just a prototype and we haven’t heard from it since.

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