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LG is experimenting with rollable smartphones



LG, the company behind sparkling and captivating television, is trying to bring the same flexible display technology to smartphones, according to one of the company's top executives.

The CTO of the Korean electronic company has confirmed in an interview with Tom & # 39; s Guides that the company is experimenting with folding and folding phones.

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

"Because display technology has grown so much that it can be turned into very flexible form factors, and with 5G, if the market requires much larger screens, we will have to bend it or roll it up."

LG is not the first company to consider new form factors for phones. Samsung has recently presented a prototype for a folding phone, which should make its debut in the first half of this year. The Chinese company Royole also sported a folding phone, the FlexPai, but is currently only available in China.

While not necessarily surprising, LG's entry into space is good news for anyone keen on making folding phones. The company has been experimenting with flexible displays for years, culminating with the revelation of LG Signature OLED TV R, a 65-inch television that rewinds when not in use.

That trick, which you can see in action in the video above, is possible thanks to an ingenious engineering. Instead of mounting the flexible OLED panel on a piece of glass like a traditional TV, LG has mounted the display on a flexible substance that allows it to roll. The set can roll and unroll up to 50,000 times without breaking, according to the company.

  Royole's folding phone, the FlexPai

Royole's folding phone, the FlexPai

Image: karissa bell / mashable

The thought of LG applying the same concept to smartphones is particularly intriguing, as this phone could actually be rollable compared to the folding devices that Royole and Samsung put on display.

Although it is unclear whether that type of rollable technology is still usable in a smartphone form factor, it is another sign that folding and roller-shutter phones are more than a passing fad.

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