Although the foldable phone has just entered the smartphone scene, manufacturers are again exploring its next innovation, a handset with a scrollable screen. One of the first is Oppo X 2021.
The phone has a standard 6.7-inch OLED display, but it hides a clever trick – the screen can be launched to offer an overall display size of 7.4 inches. You get something small enough to put in your pocket, or something bigger to use like a mini tablet.
Oppo says it’s busy working on components that are sturdy and powerful enough to work multiple times, with powertrain motors, rear plates and display laminate designed to last. The display includes a high-precision sensor that performs real-time monitoring, allows it to be precisely positioned, and pulls and lengthwise seamlessly, Oppo explained. A total of 122 patents have been filed during the development of the device, with 12 patents specifically related to the rolling mechanism.
The screen seems to be repairable at different points between 6.7 inches and 7.4 inches, so users will be able to adjust their size to fit the customized app as needed to fill the available screen space. One of the advantages of scrollable versus collapsible technology is that there are no folds in the center of the screen to worry about. Oppo X 2021 phone manages to keep the display and the back of the phone looking clean and smooth.
Oppo said and indicated that it would go on sale, no matter how far its technology, it doesn’t seem ready for the mainstream. From a number of live demos we’ve seen, it seems that the concept phone can indeed be launched and pull back its look as advertised. In the long run, a scrollable phone may have more potential than a collapsible phone, although we’ll have to wait and see how its technology goes over the next few years. There is a good chance we might see a scrollable screen phone first sold at some point in 2021.