Next to “Folding” is “Rollable”, LG and TCL show off roll-up smartphones | GLM

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To be clear, smartphones are not selling well. That’s been the case for the last few years. It’s true that the ongoing pandemic hasn’t helped. The theory that 5G and the new form factor will cause some kind of recovery has been pushed to the corner as people put a brake on unnecessary luxury purchases.

Samsung is the only company to succeed in the foldable form factor, but its start was a thorny path. At first, there were many technical problems, which led to a poor first impression. Nowadays, price remains the main hurdle. Especially for many people, the need for a smartphone for more than $ 1000 is even more so in this age of red light.

In the world of form factor for mobile phones, the trend is considered to have begun when at least two products are introduced. On the first day of CES 2021, both LG and TCL each unveiled a new form factor that further expands the screen area of ​​mobile devices.

Image credit: TCL

Of the two options, LG’s products are currently attracting more attention because the company is actually planning to release them. In an interview released on the morning of January 12, the United States, spokeswoman Ken Hong told Nikkei that it will be released in 2021, as announced at CES 2021. “It has said.

To be sure, LG is a company that is not afraid to seize opportunities with its wacky form factor. There are several recent examples of this trend, the most notable of which is the rotating dual-screen LG Wing.

Still, the product was just a few seconds of teaser at a press conference, so it’s safe to say that the technology is a long way off.

TCL, on the other hand, has brought to the fore that the product is still in the conceptual stage, but it looks a little better. It’s certainly easier to show off the concept than an unfinished real-world product. The details are still small, but the company says it can expand the device from 6.7 inches to 7.8 inches. LG, on the other hand, is said to be able to expand the screen size from 6.8 inches (about 17.2 cm) to 7.4 inches (about 18.8 cm).

Imagine that the mobile industry learned from the problems that occurred in the first batch of foldables. Or at least I expect that. Occasionally, companies like Samsung and Motorola are squeezed by the supply of less-competitive, half-finished products to bring technology to market. The real world is very different from the tests you do in the lab.

Category: Hardware
Tags: smartphone, LG, TCL, CES 2021

Image credit: LG

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Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.