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LG is experimenting with rollable smartphones

Mashable 11 Jan 2019 10:33
LG just introduced the first rollable television. The company could use the same tech to make rollable smartphones a reality.
LG just introduced the first rollable television. The company could use the same tech to make rollable smartphones a reality.
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LG, the company behind the mind-bendingly cool rollable television, is looking to bring the same flexible display tech to smartphones, according to one of the company's top executives.

The CTO of the Korean electronics company confirmed in an interview with Tom's Guide that the company is experimenting with rollable and foldable phones.

"We are exploring many different form factors for phones, including foldable and rollable," LG CTO IP Park said. 

"Because display technology has grown so much that it can make it into very flexible form factors. And with 5G, if the market requires much bigger screens, we'll need to fold it or roll it. So we'll explore."

LG isn't the first company to look at new form factors for phones. Samsung recently showed off a prototype for a foldable phone, which should make its debut in the first half of this year. Chinese company Royole also showed off a foldable phone, the FlexPai, but it's currently only available in China.

The thought of LG applying that same concept to smartphones is particularly intriguing, as such a phone could actually be rollable as opposed to the fold-up devices Royole and Samsung have shown off. 

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