The LG Rollable will receive a release in 2021, but it may cost more than a Galaxy Z Fold2
It has only been a few days since LG teased the Rollable, which it did during its CES 2021 live stream. This was the second teaser of the device, with the South Korean alluding during the LG Wing launch event that it would be releasing a smartphone with a rollable display. Now, a spokesperson for LG has been quoted by Nikkei Asia as saying:
Our management wanted to show that it is a real product, as there were many rumors around the rollable phone...As it is released at CES 2021, I can tell that it will be launched this year.
Nikkei Asia alleges that LG will source rollable displays from the BOE Technology Group, which had been a major supplier to Huawei. With the current US sanctions against the latter, an agreement between BOE and LG would help the former shift its excess capacity of OLED screens.
The LG Rollable will be considerably more expensive than the LG Wing, though. Apparently, LG plans to charge upwards of US$2,560 for its first rollable smartphone, which would be the price of a Galaxy ZFold 2 plus US$500. Ultimately, the LG Explorer Project is about pushing the boundaries of smartphones, but a price of over US$2,500 would ensure that practically no one buys the LG Rollable.