LG is thinking outside the box when it comes to foldable and rollable devices. Their recent patent shows a “roll-up” smartphone perfect for gaming and watching TV.
LG filed the patent for a device with a “roll-up display” with the Korean Intellectual Property Office back in October 2018. The patent was published publically in June 2019.
Flexible LG display folds twice around
The display wraps all around the phone, allowing you to easily unfold the screen, or rather, roll it out into a large widescreen display.
Thanks to Let’s Go Digital’s renders, we get to see what the phone would look like, based on the patent sketches.
What to expect from LG’s “roll-up screen”
The bendable screen is so large that it can be rolled twice around the housing. When fully rolled out, the screen is significantly wider than a tablet.
If you need a smaller display, simply leave a part of the screen around the housing. It is not clear from the patent description how the screen is held in place, although it might be held down magnetically.
No buttons are visible on the renders. The flexible display seems to be stiff enough to fully fold out, without needing direct support. We will just have to wait for the actual phone to materialise before we could say for sure.
Advantages of LG’s large roll-up screen
To watch TV on the go, simply roll out the screen into a widescreen. The screen also bends slightly, making it ideal to maintain a sense of privacy when out in public, or using public transport.
The widescreen is also ideal for playing games, and you could possibly play a game on the side screen while having a live chat window open on the other screen. This, however, is still speculation for now.
Are foldable phones still ‘all that’?
Foldable phones made headlines earlier this year, first with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, and later with Huawei’s Mate X. However, surprisingly little focus was placed on foldable phones at this year IFA Summit in Berlin.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched quietly and other manufacturers seem hesitant to go “all out” at the moment, fearing a faux pas ala Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Here’s to hoping that we’ll see more foldable phones, at least before CES 2020 or MWC 2020. More