July 10, 2020

LG patents a rollable foldable phone (wait, what?)

A phone, tablet, and laptop in one device?

An LG rollable foldable phone render.

Asia Time

We’ve seen Huawei, Motorola, and Samsung all launch foldable phones in the last 12 months, but LG has been curiously absent in this regard. Nevertheless, a new patent points to the firm working on a rather interesting foldable solution.

South Korean outlet Asia Time (h/t: Sleepy Kuma) reports that LG is working on a device with a rollable and foldable display, citing a patent filing as well. Check out the image at the top of the article for a better idea of the gadget.

According to the outlet, the idea is that you pull on the right side of the LG foldable phone to go from a small screen to a tablet-sized display (seen below left). From here, it seems like you’re able to extend the screen even further and fold it into a laptop-style form factor.

It’s a pretty crazy design when foldable phones in general are still at a relatively early stage of development. But if executed properly, it could deliver what is essentially a laptop in a phone-like form factor. The above image shows a rather wonky aspect ratio for the laptop screen in particular, but hopefully LG fixes this if it ends up being a commercially available product.

It would also be handy if LG offered a keyboard accessory to go with the rollable, foldable phone, giving you a proper laptop-style typing experience rather than prodding on the touchscreen.

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