This was the roll-up screen phone canceled by LG

At the end of 2020, Oppo presented a peculiar phone with a partially roll-up screen that allowed it to be converted into a pocket tablet without having to fold it like current folding phones. Just two months later, LG showed a prototype mobile phone based on the same idea at CES 2021. Unfortunately, none of these models ended up making it to market.

Now, well into the second half of 2022, the LG prototype returns to our screens as an extemporaneous vision of that smartphone that never was.

We owe the favor to a South Korean channel that has somehow managed to get hold of a highly refined development unit, capable of extending its flexible OLED panel from 6.8 to 7.4 inches using a relatively powerful electric motor. The technical details of the mobile are scarce, but apparently its peculiar roll-up screen had FHD + resolution and refresh at 120 Hz; very much in line with the specifications of a high-end mobile of 2021.

There are also other elements typical of a mobile developed between 2020 and 2021, such as a chipset Snapdragon 888 and 12 GB of RAM (8 GB was initially expected). Finally, the rear camera of the prototype includes 64 and 12 megapixel sensors (the third circle is a fingerprint reader).

The video is striking in revealing details that LG didn’t even reveal at the time, such as how the partially rolled-up section of the OLED panel towards the rear of the device could be used as a secondary screen to facilitate shooting. selfie with great quality.

With LG out of the phone market, today’s video is how close we will be to this unique mobile. Still, nothing prevents its display-producing subsidiary from providing similar panels and mechanisms for third-party companies, if any firms are interested, and Samsung Display has also shown interest in launching rollable OLED screens for wearable devices.