Pour one for the LG Rollable – its unveiling in January kicked off 2021 with enthusiasm and curiosity, and everyone was waiting for its launch … until April, when LG announced it was leaving the smartphone business.
We’re sorry to say, then, that the LG Rollable will almost certainly never go on sale. While it hasn’t been explicitly confirmed, it’s almost guaranteed as the creators of the roll-up smartphone no longer exist.
Of course, there are a few other rollable phones that could be launched – the Oppo X 2021 could have a follow-up, and TCL has explicitly confirmed that it will be launching a rolling or foldable smartphone in 2021. So that’s not the end of it. for that kind of form factor, just a sad event for the LG Rollable.
Below are all the leaks, news, and rumors we heard about the LG Rollable before its likely cancellation. So while it will probably never be launched, you can get a clear idea of what might have been.
LG has stopped making smartphones, which means we probably won’t see the company’s LG Rollable (or any other phone).
Cut to the chase
- What is that? LG’s first roll-up smartphone
- When did he come out? Probably never
- How much will it cost? Leak suggests $ 2,359 (around £ 1,775, AU $ 3,130)
LG Rollable release date and price
Sadly, it looks like the LG Rollable is dead along with LG’s smartphone business. The company has confirmed that it no longer makes phones, which likely includes the LG Rollable.
The only little hope we have that it can launch comes from rumors that the LG Rollable was due to be announced in early 2021 – in other words, that it’s almost finished, so it wouldn’t take a lot of work. for LG to send it. in the world.
It had even recently been spotted in a Bluetooth SIG certification, which usually happens near launch.
But even before LG officially exited the smartphone market, there had been rumors of abandoning the project.
Indeed, sources previously claimed that LG had told its suppliers that the Rollable had been put on hold, although LG responded to this by saying that it had not finalized any decisions regarding the project. However, not being “finalized” leaves the possibility of cancellation open.
As for the price – if it ever does launch – one source claims the LG Rollable will cost $ 2,359 (around £ 1,775, AU $ 3,130), which would make it even more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. But then this is a whole new kind of phone, so whether that price is right or not, it will definitely be very expensive.
Still, there could soon be a bunch of rollable phones, as TCL and Oppo are also working on rollable handsets. These appear to be in the design stage right now, so they’re probably not as advanced as LG’s, but once there is competition in the market, prices could drop quickly.
LG Rollable News, Leaks & Rumors
LG Rollable’s biggest novelty comes from LG itself, which showed what the phone looks like from the front – as well as what it looks like when it changes sizes. You can see all of this in the GIF above.
In short, it initially looks like a regular smartphone, but the top (when held in landscape mode) can extend upwards to create a small tablet. There doesn’t appear to be a visible front camera, which could be because it’s not the final shape of the device, or maybe it’s built into the screen.
We’ve seen a very similar design in an LG patent before, an image of which can be seen above, but in the patent two sides of the phone could expand and retract, while in LG’s teaser we don’t. let’s see only one side do it. It could mean that only one side will be on the finished phone, but it’s also possible that both will and LG has simply chosen to show only one.
As for the specs, a report suggests that the LG Rollable will have a 7.4-inch screen when fully extended and a 6.8-inch screen when not.
A South Korean forum post spotted by LetsGoDigital says the same thing, but also includes the images you can see below (which are similar to what LG has now shown) and one more detail – that the resolution at 7, 4 inches will apparently be 1600 x 2428, while at 6.8 inches it will apparently be 1080 x 2428.
Another source also claims that the LG Rollable will have a 7.4-inch display, as well as a high-end Snapdragon 888 chipset, 16GB of RAM, and a 4,200mAh battery.
With all of these leaks pointing to the same screen size, we’d say this aspect is probably accurate, and a Snapdragon 888 chipset is very likely too, as it is expected to be the main flagship phone chipset for 2021.