Foldable phones hold a lot of promise in terms of potentially setting up a new standard of smartphone design, but unfortunately, it hasn’t quite caught on the way companies had hoped. This doesn’t mean that the idea of using flexible displays is dead, but rather it could benefit from a different approach – rollable displays.
This is something that Oppo thinks could be the future, and the company has teased a concept handset called the Oppo X 2021. This is a concept phone so it will not be available for purchase, but presumably based on the public feedback, Oppo may decide to make it a reality.
This concept smartphone uses drive motors that will help to expand and retract the display. The idea behind this is to help ensure that whatever stress is being placed on the display will be equal, as opposed to foldable phones where the stress is usually on the hingle. The phone will have a 6.7-inch screen which when expanded, can become as large as 7.4-inches, the size of a mini tablet.
Oppo isn’t alone in exploring rollable display smartphones. Previously, TCL had posted a video which showed off their working prototype smartphone. It has also been suggested that LG could be interested in a rollable display smartphone, which is interesting as the company has largely avoided hopping on board the foldable smartphone bandwagon.