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New LG patent shows rollable smartphone/tablet concept

LG has patented a rollable hybrid smartphone-tablet concept. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
LG has patented a rollable hybrid smartphone-tablet concept. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A new LG patent has surfaced showing a device that features rollable OLED display technology. Similar to the foldable smartphones that are headed our way in 2019, this is a much more radical approach that will yield devices that can be both incredibly compact yet can be unrolled to reveal a large display.

The folks at LetsGoDigital have uncovered a new LG patent that reveals a device that is even more radical than the foldable smartphones we expect from the likes of LG itselfSamsung and others in 2019. One concept ties the two form factors together, however; delivering a device that can be compact, but pack a larger display at the same time. The would-be LG device takes this idea to the extreme by delivering a device that can be both ultra-compact but can unroll to offer a much larger display than even a foldable smartphone.

As you can see from the illustrations below, the device in its most compact form would comfortably fit into a hand grip. It also incorporates a second display that shows the date, time and battery life at a glance, or can be swiped to reveal other information or show notifications at a glance. The main rollable display can work when partially opened or when fully opened. This gives the user a wide range of use case scenarios that include full multitasking capabilities.

If you’re thinking that this is too futuristic to see the light of day, think again. LG revealed a TV with a rollable display at CES earlier this year and has plans to launch it as the LG ROLED during the course of 2019. Bringing the patent concept to life for a shipping mobile device might take a little while longer to realize, if not only for the reason that it would necessitate significant software customization. But the patent gives a timely glimpse into the next likely evolution of the smartphone/tablet to follow the wave of folding smartphones looming on the horizon.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-12-28 (Update: 2018-12-28)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.