Last year, we saw many foldable phones, and we’ll probably see a lot more in 2021. But there’s already a new cool form factor on the block — rollable phones. At CES 2021, LG and TCL showed off their rollable phones, but both are in the early design phase.
The Korean tech giant’s phone, called the LG Rollable, made a brief appearance in its keynote. However, we don’t have any details about the display or when the phone will hit the market.
This is not the first time LG has shown off a rollable display. Two years ago, it amazed everyone with a rollable TV at CES, and last year it even teased the phone’s flexible display.
Hours after LG’s demo, TCL also showed off its rollable concept phone. The company’s demo video showed that this tech could increase the phone’s display size from 6.7-inches to 7.8-inches with a tap of the finger. But that’s all we know about TCL’s phone.
Rollable phones from both companies seem to be in the concept stage at this moment, and we don’t know when we’ll get to see them physically. Like foldable phones, there might be an issue of durability of this display when the first editions are launched in the market.
Nonetheless, it’s an exciting rival form factor to foldable, and we might see a lot of discussion around the world of expanding screens in coming years.