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Samsung exec spotted with what could be its first rollable smartphone

Is this Samsung's first rollable in the hands of the company's Vice Chairman? (Image: PhoneArena)
Is this Samsung's first rollable in the hands of the company's Vice Chairman? (Image: PhoneArena)
Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been spotted with a previously unseen Samsung smartphone. It is speculated that the device is a prototype of the Korean giant’s forthcoming rollable smartphone. Its appearance suggests an official launch for sometime in 2021.

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Samsung is recognized as a world leader in malleable OLED display technology with good reason. Its Galaxy Z Fold range and Galaxy Z Flip range have taken a foldable OLED approach to reinventing the smartphone form factor. However, it is also known that the company is working on a new smartphone form factor with a rollable OLED display. Like the Galaxy Z Fold, the device would work both as something similar to a normal smartphone, but expand into a larger device similar to a small tablet giving users the best of both worlds.

The would-be rollable smartphone from Samsung looks like it might have been caught in the wild for the first time ahead of a potential launch in the near future. Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been spotted carrying a device with a form factor we have never seen before in the wild. However, it does look suspiciously similar to a patent rendering for a rollable Samsung smartphone we have seen before, pictured below. 

Samsung is said to have given a select audience a preview of the device at CES 2020. Coupled with its first public appearance in the hands of Samsung’s Vice Chairman, it suggests that Samsung is on track to release the device sometime in 2021. Given that LG is also expected to unveil its first rollable smartphone this year, you can bet both companies will want to beat each other to market. Naturally, we don’t expect either device to be cheap, but we can’t wait to see what the form factor offers.

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A render of a patent for Samsung's rollable brought to life. (Image: LetsGoDigital)
A render of a patent for Samsung's rollable brought to life. (Image: LetsGoDigital)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1286 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-11-15 (Update: 2020-11-15)