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LG Rollable video shows the best phone that never was

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At CES 2021, LG wowed us with a short teaser for its innovative foldable phone. Unfortunately, the company shut down its smartphone division, and with it, plans to launch its foldable phone were put on ice for good. However, details of the LG Rollable have now been shown in a video, with a market-ready retail package.

The phone appears to have been unofficially canceled right on the cusp of a public launch, which is a shame and a huge loss for phone fans. The LG Rollable had a lot going for it. The top and bottom edges have rail-inspired sliding mechanisms that extend/contract the bezel to reveal/hide the extra screen space.

LG rollable interface is standard.

When the LG Rollable is used like a regular phone, the expandable portion of the screen that wraps around the edge and covers just over half of the back panel has been deprecated. However, if you flip the device over, it can be turned on and used as a normal screen, albeit with limited functionality, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.

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With the back of the screen activated, the collapsed LG phone also gave users the flexibility to use it as a scene selector to take selfies with its HD rear cameras. The idea is reminiscent of the Huawei Mate X series foldable phones.

Rollable LG profile.

It’s also clear that LG hasn’t been a fan of an unsightly floating notch, notch, or aperture for the front-facing camera array. Instead, the selfie camera is neatly positioned in the upper left corner of the frame, providing a truly full screen experience.

Almost a salvation LG phone

At the back, the rollable piece blends almost seamlessly with a raised rib that houses the dual selfie camera and fingerprint sensor just below it. Biometric hardware is the reliable round sensor, rather than the narrow, side-mounted pill-shaped fingerprint sensors of modern phones.

There appears to be some kind of pressure or light sensor on the right edge that activates the rolling view and unlocking behavior. The mechanism appears to be quite robust, enough to move two thick books while the screen is open.

However, swiping with three fingers from the left to the right edge, or vice versa, will also do the trick. It also looks quite elegant and is executed almost flawlessly by LG engineers. Additionally, there is a one-click quick toggle button system that can be accessed by swiping inward from the right edge to do the same.

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When the screen opens up to reveal a tablet-like space, the UI elements also expand accordingly. For example, the Settings app expands seamlessly into a two-row format, a design element Google introduced with Android 12L. It also appears that LG has created a side panel-like system that we see on Samsung’s One UI interface, allowing users to access their favorite apps and gadgets in a jiffy.

LG's rotatable sliding hinge.

The screen in its normal state is a 6.8-inch unit, but when it is rolled out, it offers a 7.4-inch panel. The lights are kept by a 4,500mAh battery, but there is no room for wireless charging due to the design.

The aspect ratio is on the taller side at 1.5:1, which is a far cry from the squared approach taken by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Oppo Find N. But the LG Rollable’s aspect ratio is also good as helpful, because letterboxing is minimal. While watching videos, the situation with games will also be more palatable.

The back face of the LG phone is foldable.

In terms of specs, the rear camera setup includes a 64MP main shooter capable of capturing 8K video, along with a 12MP ultra-wide angle shooter. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 keeps it working along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.

LG Rollable display in extended mode.

Turning the scales at 285 grams, the LG Rollable fell into the same weight class as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Given the level of hardware and software quality of the prototype, it seems like the LG Rollable was rejected at the last minute.

Oppo is currently working on the same formula, but its stance on the concept stalled in a quality evaluation hell after it was shown to journalists and a few exciting teaser videos were released.

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