LG roll-screen phone revealed in render, expected to launch in 2021
LG’s “Project B” smartphone with a roll-up screen is expected to launch in March 2021, a new report suggests. A rendering of the phone has also appeared showing a roll-up screen that can be extended from either side of the phone. The render is based on a patent filed by LG for a phone with a “flexible screen” that can be rolled up in its case. The patent was filed with the USPO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) in August 2019 and has now been published. This is expected to be the second smartphone under LG’s “Project Explorer” after the South Korean company launched the dual-screen LG Wing with a rotating main display last month.
“Project B” was previous reported have gone into production to prepare for release data in the second half of 2021. But a new report by TheElec now estimates that the launch will be in March 2021.
the Render of the “Project B” phone created by LetsGoDigital is based on a patent LG requested a “slide-in” mobile terminal, which has now been included in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) database. The render imagines the phone to be the size of a normal smartphone at its most compact with a screen that increases by 100 percent when the screen is pulled out from both the left and right side of the device when held vertically. This means that the user will likely also have the option of pulling the screen off one side and achieving a screen size that falls between a smartphone and a tablet.
“Project B,” said to be codenamed after LG CEO Kwon Bong-seok, is likely to have an OLED screen that can be partially rolled up in a metal casing. The report says LG will also install a “side lock” that prevents the screen from moving inward or outward inadvertently, or even too quickly, which could cause the screen to develop wrinkles.
LG is reportedly working on another phone codenamed “Rainbow”, which is also expected to launch in the first quarter of next year. The Elec report speculates that its specifications will be similar to LG V Series that includes the LG V40, V50 and V60 ThinQ phones were released last year.