Samsung Rollable Phone

Samsung Rollable Phone

Samsung Rollable Phone If you follow smartphone news then you probably know that rollable smartphones are the next big thing, stealing the thunder from foldable phones so to speak. It’s a futuristic concept, and one no commercially available smartphone has right now, though we’ve seen some concepts or prototypes from the likes of Oppo. Today at CES, Samsung Display, the unit of Samsung Electronics which designs and produces displays for Samsung and others, has unveiled a range of new OLED panel options including rollable smartphones giving us a hands-on look at what we can expect from the company in the future. Keep in mind that these are not the final retail devices but more of prototype units but they should give us an idea of what to look forward to when it comes to the future of smartphones. First up, here’s Samsung’s Flex Slidable OLED display technology aka rollable smartphone. It looks like a regular phone until you press a button at the side which makes the panel
slide out for a bigger screen. One of the knocks against the foldable phones is that there’s a visible crease on the display where the phone folds in half — especially when the screen is black. That’s less of a concern for a rollable device since there’s minimal bending going on the screen just rolls out. Also if you notice, Samsung’s approach to this concept is way better than Oppo’s. I mean Oppo’s device takes the better part of two or three seconds to fully extend. It’s slow enough that you might not bother if you were in a hurry to check map directions. But that’s not the case with Samsung’s rollable. It quickly slides in and out making it a practical unit.
There’s one thing that still bothers me and is that the display is exposed all the time and that’s not a good thing as foldable displays are still prone to scratches. So it will be interesting to see how they tackle this but it’s certain that this is where we’re heading in the evolution of foldable technology and can’t wait to see what they
bring us to the table. Moving on, Samsung also showcased Flex S and G OLED panels. When folded twice, the device can be used as a conventional smartphone and when it’s unfolded, it gives you a significant expansion of the screen real estate. In one prototype, there’s also a thick bezel on the left-hand side of the device when unfolded, hosting the cameras and giving you an area to grip the handset. The Flex G panel, in my opinion, is more practical as it allows the multifold with an inward fold. This unique “G” shape of the panel allows for the display to be protected from external impact or scratches all the time. And I can see, Samsung adopting this technology for one of their future foldables. Now, these foldable panels are not just limited to smartphones. Samsung is also bringing it to the laptops. Called the Flex Note, it offers a large display panel, It functions like a 13-inch laptop when folded and as a 17-inch wide monitor when unfolded. That doesn’t sound like much but like I’ve said in the past, measuring screen diagonal sizes with foldable is now irrelevant because you get much more surface area of the display with just a couple of inches more in screen size.
Also since this is an infolding type, the display remains protected all the time. All in all, the new prototypes especially the slidable phone certainly get me excited for the future. There’s no saying when this technology will find its way inside Samsung smartphones but if the rumors are anything to go by, it should be in 2023.

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