While many companies are diving in the foldable smartphone lagoon, LG is betting in the rollable display technology with its rumored LG Roll smartphone. Worth noting that the company still hasn’t come out with a working foldable smartphone. Still, the firm seems confident enough to keep developing new advanced display technologies.
Earlier this month, the South-Korean firm filled a patent about this rollable smartphone. The images in the patent reveal a smartphone with a screen that is capable of bending in more than one direction and counts with two hinges. The display wraps around the handset.
The renders give us a glimpse of how the handset will actually look in real life, and it’s gorgeous. While it looks stunning, we are curious if it will actually be useful and practical to use. The patent is now live in WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and in CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration). So, it’s easy to assume that LG is serious about this new technology. It’s an interesting concept, and really useful when it comes to protecting the display’s integrity. After all, users could simply fold the display inwards around the phone to protect it while the handset is not in use.
While everything about this new rollable smartphone looks cool for we tech enthusiasts, don’t hold your breath yet. It still is a patent, and there’s no guarantee if this product will ever become a reality. Furthermore, it would take more than a year to develop it enough to make it commercially available. A few months ago the company trademarked several names for an upcoming rollable smartphone. The “LG Roll” name was there, and that’s why we are calling it this way.