Folding smartphones could finally take off next year. While Samsung already has several models on the market, the Korean giant is reportedly planning to launch four models in 2021. Among these models there should be relatively affordable versions. In addition, rumors suggest that Xiaomi, Google, Oppo and Vivo are expected to launch their first foldable smartphones in the second half of the year.
LG, on the other hand, doesn’t seem interested in foldable smartphones. However, the company could switch straight to roll-up or expandable screen smartphones. Indeed, during the presentation of its LG Wing, the manufacturer released a video suggesting the launch of a roll-up screen smartphone.
Rumor has it that LG’s first roll-up smartphone could hit the market in the first quarter of 2021. And new unofficial information is circulating this week.
LG’s roll-up screen smartphone could cost $ 2,359, according to a source shared by our colleagues at PhoneArena. The start would be planned for March, but could be postponed to June.
The start planned for March may be delayed until Junehttps://t.co/WYhMRZAwCu
– Tron (@cozyplanes) 17th December 2020
Otherwise, when it comes to specs, this source says this roll-up screen could be 7.4 inches diagonal. LG would have planned three modes:
- A phone mode in which the screen has a resolution of 2428 × 1080 (20: 9).
- A video mode with a resolution of 2428 × 1366 (16: 9)
- A productivity mode with a resolution of 2428 × 1600 (3: 2)
Thanks to the expandable screen, LG would offer different screen dimensions and resolutions depending on requirements. Otherwise, this device has 16 GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and a 4,200 mAh battery. But of course not all of this information is official. And caution is always in order.
Oppo and TCL have already presented their concepts
Note that LG isn’t the only manufacturer interested in roll ups. Earlier this year, TCL showed a concept phone with a roll-up screen.
Your foldable phone is old news.
TCL develops smartphones that can be rolled and expanded pic.twitter.com/qYXxIPHHwn
– Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 6, 2020
More recently, at the Inno Day 2020 event, Oppo presented a concept with a roll up screen.
tea # OPPOX2021 Rollable OLED screen:
– OPPO (@oppo) 17th November 2020
For now, however, these are just concepts that companies can use to showcase the innovations they’re working on, and not a commercial product. It is also currently not known when the first smartphones with an expandable screen from TCL and Oppo will come onto the market.
Otherwise, it should be noted that Samsung Display, which supplies screens for Samsung smartphones and other brands, has already expressed interest in roll-up screens.