A YouTuber just reviewed LG’s canceled rollable phone

TL;DR

  • A Korean YouTube channel has reviewed the canceled LG Rollable phone.
  • It gives us a great look at what could have been for LG.

LG pulled out of the smartphone business last year, ending an impressive streak of phone releases. The company was also forced to cancel its rollable phone, which it teased in late 2020 and early 2021.

We’ve heard before that LG is selling these rollable phones to employees, but one device has now gotten into the hands of a Korean YouTuber for review. Bulls Lab was able to borrow a device from a subscriber and put the device through its paces.

The LG Rollable comes in some pretty cool packaging, for one, as opening the box reveals the sliding/rollable nature of the display. Otherwise, you also get a charger in the box, which is more than can be said for flagship devices from Apple, Google and Samsung.

What does the rollable display look like?

LG Rollable Bulls Lab YouTube

As for the scrollable screen itself? Well, Bulls Lab noted that the plastic OLED screen was 6.8 inches, rolled out to 7.4 inches (1.5:1 aspect ratio). The display can be unrolled either by sideways swiping from left to right or via an edge panel menu.

We even see the reviewer place a stack of three books next to the phone and then expand the display. And yes, the screen slides out nicely while you can push the books aside. Thankfully, LG’s display retracts and displays a warning if you try to extend the screen but are holding it too tight.

LG’s rollable screen is intriguing, but it’s not without issues like glare and wrinkles.

Bulls Lab also notes that there is noise and vibration when the display is extended or retracted due to the motor. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like a big deal and the noise seems to be limited to the whirring you’d expect from such a mechanism.

We’ve seen foldable phone screens make a few compromises to even achieve the foldable design, and the LG Rollable Panel doesn’t seem to be any different. The reviewer also pointed out creases on the screen in bright light, and it also seems like glare is a big issue. However, the reviewer seems to imply that the panel is fine for a first-gen effort.

The screen rollout is also accompanied by a neat background effect, and there are several wallpapers to choose from that take the rollout into account. This is reminiscent of Samsung’s wallpapers for the Galaxy Foldables.

What else should you know about the LG Rollable?

LG Rollable Phone Bulls Lab rear window

Another interesting feature is that you have a secondary rear display when the phone’s screen is retracted (presumably using part of the rollable panel). This allows you to access widgets and view other information when the phone is face down – although I don’t imagine you’d want to lay this phone face down at all due to the plastic screen. You can also use the rear cameras in conjunction with this display for higher quality selfies or for your subject to see themselves.

However, there are a few other quirks with the LG Rollable Phone, such as: B. the USB-C port on the bottom left of the phone and capacitive volume buttons used instead of physical buttons. We even see that the SIM slot is hidden in the camera bar and is only accessible when the screen is extended. Throw a fingerprint scanner on the back and you’ve got a phone that’s distinctly different in many ways.

What do you think of the LG Rollable?

118 votes

In terms of specs, you should expect a Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 64MP + 12MP dual rear camera system, and a 4,500mAh battery. There’s also a selfie camera tucked into the top bezel of the device, although it appears to only weigh 2.8 MP. The rollable design also comes at the cost of weight. The LG Rollable weighs 285 grams compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s 263 grams.

Still, it’s really a pity that this device didn’t get a commercial release as it would have been an interesting alternative to foldable phones. We’ll just have to wait for companies like Oppo to potentially release a commercial version of its X 2021 concept phone instead.

https://www.androidauthority.com/lg-rollable-phone-youtube-review-3211213/ A YouTuber just reviewed LG’s canceled rollable phone

Chris Barrese

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