Motorola just previewed a rollable, vertically expanding OLED smartphone. Here is everything you need to know.
Motorola loves to impress us with its cutting edge phones and concepts. If you assumed that the Razr foldable phones and Edge 30 Ultra are the best you can expect from the company, you can’t be wrong. Earlier this week at the Lenovo Tech World event, Motorola cleverly showed off its foldable smartphone. Foldable smartphones aren’t new, right? We saw one from LG expand into a tablet before the company shut down its smartphone business. Samsung has demonstrated similar concepts many times.
However, Motorola’s app is vastly different than anything we’ve seen so far. The idea is very similar to the foldable Razr — you take the flexible OLED panel and try to make the device more practical. The Razr foldable phone debuted as a flip phone and this foldable phone simply shrinks the phone into a compact device that is easy to hold and use for basic functions. Sadly, this is a comprehensible device for now and Motorola says it’s still working on it.
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In the demo video, the foldable phone looks like an Android smartphone, without a hint of anything high-tech inside. When deflated, the phone has a usable 5-inch screen and once you hit the expand button, it expands to a 6.5-inch screen. This means that the phone is no larger than Nothing Phone (1) in its unfolded state.
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Although it may not sound exciting at first, the idea can work with the masses. Modern tablet smartphones are hard to keep in pockets or handbags. The small size makes it easy to carry and easy to use on a daily basis. Thus, simply replying to a text, or choosing your own music playlist can all be done in compact mode.
The only thing that remains to be seen is its real-world feasibility. A rollable phone has an automated moving part that can go wrong on impact. The bottom of the phone leaves the screen exposed to the world and this could make it a thin phone to brag about. Once the rough edges are smoothed out, Motorola can introduce the next phase of shape-shifting smartphones.