LG reportedly patents a new kind of rollable phone with a secondary display

The "secondary-display LG Rollable". (Source: CNIPA via MySmartPrice)
The "secondary-display LG Rollable". (Source: CNIPA via MySmartPrice)
Recent rumors suggest that LG's Rollable phone project is dead in the water. However, that has apparently not stopped the OEM filing a new patent based on the concept with the Chinese intellectual property office (CNIPA). It appears to show a rolling-screen device with an additional display mounted on its rear panel for (you probably guessed it) selfies.

LG might be considering leaving the smartphone game behind soon, in a move that might not even spare its intriguing Rollable (a potential Samsung Galaxy Z Fold alternative) project. Nevertheless, the Korean giant might be advised to hang onto the IP behind this device, especially as other OEMs such as OPPO and TCL are going ahead with versions of their own.

This might explain why MySmartPrice claims to have dug up a new variation on the Rollable, submitted to CNIPA as an LG patent. Its schematics allegedly depict a rolling-display phone with a secondary, rear-facing display. This, according to the images, is present so that the user can do things such as take selfies or perhaps vlog using the device's main multi-camera array.

That idea is not really brand new, and has in fact been applied to conventional phones like the Nubia Z20 in the past. Then again, it does at least seem to pursue the rumored trend toward flexible displays unmarred by visible cameras of any kind. Therefore, securing this patent might indeed be worth something to LG in the near future.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-21 (Update: 2021-02-21)
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