Rita El Khoury / Android Authority
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Rollable screens: a small phone savior?
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority
We’ve seen a number of rollable phones over the years. It was a trend LG’s rollable made exciting, and Oppo soon jumped on board. What is so exciting about the format? Well, Rita claims that rollable screens could be the big break small smartphones have been waiting for.
- Every manufacturer wants to pack the largest possible screen into the smallest form factor.
- This means that truly small modern smartphones are a rarity.
- However, it seems that one exciting solution is slowly coming into its own: rollable screens.
Why rollable screens make sense
- The nature of the rolling phone allows for a relatively small form factor.
- When more screen is needed, the device can expand as needed.
- Most of the time, however, you get a compact device.
- This is no more evident than the Motorola rizr.
- The company’s new rollable phone mimics its older slider siblings. But instead of revealing the T9 keyboard, the new phone’s screen expands vertically to give you more screen space.
- This increases the screen size from five inches to 6.5 inches.
- Rita states that this design “completely changes the equation of small phones”.
- “When I saw it roll on the screen for the first time, it felt like magic. It’s been a while since I’ve had this kind of respect for smartphones. And yet it also felt completely rational – why hadn’t we thought of this before?” he points out.
- While foldable devices like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will likely do the same thing, there are two issues with the design: thickness and the usability of an external display.
So are rollable phones common now?
- Not yet.
- Rollable phones seem to solve the problems of small phones, but the shape is not yet fully understood.
- Durability is still a major concern, with the motorized roller system and screen being weak points.
- It’s also unclear how manufacturers would fit a large battery into a device that needs screen space.
- Once these issues are resolved and the components meet the requirements of the form factor, we can see a future filled with tiny rollables.
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