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More details emerge about LG's forthcoming rollable smartphone and next flagship

LG gave us a sneak peak of its rollable during the unveiling of the LG Wing earlier this year. (Image: LG)
LG gave us a sneak peak of its rollable during the unveiling of the LG Wing earlier this year. (Image: LG)
More details have started to surface about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphones for 2021. The rollable will take a leaf out of Oppo’s playbook while the flagship handset is going to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S21 in more ways than one.

Fresh from recently restructuring its mobile division so it can focus on its premium and sub-premium smartphones, LG looks to be heading into 2021 reinvigorated. More details have emerged about its forthcoming high-end devices and it looks like the company will be targeting its fellow Korean tech giant Samsung. On a technological level, the forthcoming Explore Project rollable smartphone looks like it will be the first to market with a form factor similar to Oppo’s recent eye-catching rollable smartphone concept.

The screen dimensions for the two rollable smartphones are very similar. Where the Oppo X display measures 6.7-inches when in its regular candy bar form factor and extends to 7.4-inches in tablet mode, the LG rollable display is said to measure 6.8-inches, extending to 7.4-inches. Compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2, the LG rollable is said to be thinner and lighter which has been a complaint about devices that adopt a foldable design approach. We don’t yet know whether it will pick a Snapdragon 888 or the upcoming Snapdragon 775G upper mid-range SoC.

What we do know, however, is that LG’s upcoming traditional candy bar form factor flagship codenamed Rainbow will be scoring the Snapdragon 888. The LG Velvet signalled a new design language for the company, so we can expect the Rainbow to adopt a similar design approach. (LG looks to have retired its V-series and G-series smartphone lines, which while all offering great features, never really captured wide audience appeal). The Rainbow will also have a key upgrade that will enable it to tackle the upcoming Galaxy S21 range head on -- an active stylus.

We’ve been excited about LG smartphone leaks in the past only to be a little underwhelmed when the actual shipping product has been revealed. This time around, however, LG might have gotten its act together.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-12-14 (Update: 2020-12-14)