The LG Wing went official last month, as the first smartphone within the new Explorer Project. Within this phone lineup, LG will introduce models with innovative, bold designs, creating new functions, and usage possibilities. For example, the Wing boasts of a Dual Screen swivel design.
During the Wing’s announcement, the company also released a short teaser video of an under development LG phone. This smartphone also comes under the LG Explorer Project. This smartphone seems to have a retractable display.
Back in November last year, there were reports talking about an LG pull-out phone, where the screen area could be doubled. There were various LG smartphones with a roll-up display. This time, the Korean manufacturer has a patent for a very versatile smartphone with a retractable and rollable display.
LG Rollable and Retractable Smartphone
The patent called ‘Roll-slide mobile terminal’ was filed by LG Electronics in August 2019 at the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office). On September 24, 2020, the documentation was published and also included in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) database for the worldwide protection of the captured technology.
The LG smartphone patent shows a device with a flexible display that can partially roll up from its housing. In its most compact form, you have the size of a regular smartphone at your disposal. Thanks to the roll-slide mechanism it is possible to pull out the phone on both sides. That is, both to the left and to the right.
Once the display is out, the screen area increases by 100%. The user can also decide to roll out only one way if desired. When pulled out, the left and right frame edges will move with it, so that the rollable display remains well protected by the housing and the user can use the frame edges as a grip.
The pull-out smartphone from LG has an OLED display and a metal housing. When the display is pulled out, a second frame rolls out, which supports the top and bottom of the roll-up display. This second frame is flexible in nature and can slide back into the metal mainframe when you want to use the smartphone in its most compact form.