Rollable displays could be the next big thing to hit the mobile devices segment. A few companies like Oppo and TCL have already showcased smartphones featuring rollable displays. Now Lenovo is showing off a laptop and a smartphone both featuring displays that can be rolled out and in. Take for instance the smartphone whose display can shrink to a very pocketable 4-inches though the same can expand to reveal a display measuring 6.5-inches, all at the flick of a button.
Pushing the same button again will make the OLED panel to shrink back to just 4-inches. The nice thing here is that the phone is very much usable in both the retracted and expanded state. The content too gets adapted to seem perfectly oriented in both display sizes. This applies to even the videos as well along with the home screen and other applications.
The rollable Lenovo laptop, on the other hand, comes with the usual landscape display. However, the same can shrink to attain a more squarish shape which Lenovo said can be well suited to display documents or watching TikTok videos in vertical orientation. The company said the content gets adjusted dynamically in both the display forms so that the user need not do anything to use the laptop in either display format. Lenovo is claiming the laptop to be a hyper-tasking device designed to take multi-tasking to another level altogether.
The emergence of the rollable smartphone, tablet, and laptop can be considered to be the next evolutionary development after we have seen companies making a splash worldwide featuring foldable displays. It might be more technically sound as well as there isn’t any hinge in place, something that can be prone to mechanical issues. Plus, there are no chances of creases developing on the display from repeated folding and unfolding of the display.
Worth mentioning, LG too had a rollable smartphone concept to show off as recently as CES 2021. However, that was just before the company announced quitting the smartphone segment altogether.