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This LG rollable display prototype gives us a taste of things to come

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LG is going to showcase this rollable display prototype at CES '16, but will it let us touch is?

LG is going to showcase this rollable display prototype at CES '16, but will it let us touch is?


Imagine that instead of having to lug around a big and heavy tablet like the iPad Pro or — heaven forbid — the Galaxy View, you can just take your still sizable tablet... and just roll it up like a newspaper. That would make it way easier to fit in a bag and carry around, yes? Well, what do you know, LG says this needn't sound like sci-fi to us anymore.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016 begins in just a couple of days (but our coverage of events starts tomorrow), and LG's going to use it as a stage to showcase its latest and greatest achievements on the display technology front. The company will be bringing some of its craziest OLED and LCD exhibits for nerds to see and drool over (but probably not touch yet), and while most of these prototype displays are actually destined to become TV sets at some point in the not so distant future, a particular 18" specimen — the one in the image above — caught our attention.

This looks like a nice case for a future rollable display tablet, no?

This looks like a nice case for a future rollable display tablet, no?

Now, you may be thinking: "But isn't 18 inches too big for a tablet?" Well, of course it isn't! As long as you can easily roll it up like shown on the picture above, that is. LG has a history of experimenting with curved and actual flexible displays (LG Flex, Flex 2), unlike what has come out of Samsung's camp so far (google "Galaxy Edge" – those are curved, but helplessly rigid), but we're yet to see a commercial product that features a rollable OLED panel.

To be politically correct, rollable display concepts have been teased by other companies before, but our hopes here are that LG will be willing to bring things to the next level with this new prototype. Who knows, maybe they'll let us roll and unroll it to our heart's content this time around? Oh well, we'll let you know what this new prototype is all about in a few days' time. One thing is certain, though – our iPads have never looked so... flat and boring.

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posted on 04 Jan 2016, 09:59 3

1. Landon (Posts: 557; Member since: 07 May 2015)


Well done, LG. The future is rolling our way!

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 11:48 3

6. Bm888 (Posts: 513; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Well my desire to own phablets sizes of 7-8 inch, is inching closer.. I love large screen phones can't wait thistech being implemented in near future..

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:19

9. Landon (Posts: 557; Member since: 07 May 2015)


It sounds like Samsung will shed some light on Project Valley soon...

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/105583/20151114/samsung-galaxy-s7-s7-edge-and-project-valley-foldable-smartphone-launch-date-and-details-revealed.htm

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 10:07 1

2. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


All good bending a screen but how do they bend the internals. Bending screens are far from anything new

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 10:19

3. V1nC3 (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Use your imagination, look how is a flat oled TV.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:18 2

8. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Oled TVs are solid, they do not roll up

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 20:12

14. ibend (Posts: 5132; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its only curved, but still solid not rollable..
today's tech that closest to that is LG Flex2, its slightly bendable, with elastic case, mainboard, and battery, but still cant bend that much

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 10:51 1

4. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


the same way there are rollable keyboards and other tech... Coincidentially, Rolly is also from LG.

By making solid segments which houses solid components, joined by flex cables and such

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:20 6

10. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Rollable keyboards do not have hardware inside them like, processors, ram, batteries etc. Which mobile phones need.

Yes they would be able to produce foldable phones but not rollable phones just yet.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 11:40

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Yesterday you had 1 post and now you have 200. Interesting

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 20:13

15. ibend (Posts: 5132; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


he's just a hardworker

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 21:57

18. ph00ny (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I think LG or Samsung have bendable battery but that still leaves rest of the components (motherboard, soc, modem, radio, wifi, etc)

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 22:00

19. ph00ny (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Here we go
http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/samsung-flexible-battery/

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:08

7. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


well done LG

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:20

12. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


LG innovates way more than Apple.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 20:14

16. ibend (Posts: 5132; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


you dont say

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 12:49

11. toyboyz (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


In like 20 years. :/

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 19:21

13. BRYLYNT (Posts: 82; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


It does not take a genius to figure out that a rolled device would be a poor use of space. The roll creates a void of useless space. Totally ineffecient use of space when a void is created within what ever is being rolled. I love lg but this is useless

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 20:15

17. ibend (Posts: 5132; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


this roll-able is just another step to get closer to samsung's fold-able device

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