Daily Authority: 🗞️ LG’s Rollable phone reviewed

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LG’s Rollable phone gets reviewed

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LG exited the smartphone business over a year ago, but it reportedly sold unreleased devices to employees. One of these devices was the LG Rollable, which would probably have been the first rollable smartphone on the market. Now the Korean YouTube channel Bulls Lab has released a review, which you can see here.

What could have been

  • LG first teased the rollable device at its LG Wing launch event in late 2020, with a follow-up tease at CES 2021.
  • The Wing was the first device in LG’s Explorer project of innovative phones.
  • The LG Rollable was teased as the second device in this project.
  • However, LG left the mobile business before the rollable phone could get a commercial launch.
  • As the name suggested, the LG Rollable had a screen that rolled out or extended from the main body.
  • This way you got a tablet-sized screen when needed. But pull back the screen and you have a normal-looking phone.
  • It was an exciting alternative to top foldable phones like the Z Fold series.

How is the LG Rollable to use?

  • Fortunately, Bulls Lab has put the device through its paces in a Korean-language video review.
  • You can expand the 6.8-inch screen to 7.4 inches by sliding the screen sideways from left to right or by tapping an option in the sidebar menu.
  • The reviewer also placed a stack of three thick books next to the phone. But Rollable was able to push them aside when the screen expanded.
  • However, LG issues a warning if you try to extend the screen while holding it tightly.
  • As for the screen quality? Well, there seems to be plenty of glare and you can see some wrinkles when it’s unfolded.
  • Those who hate creases may not like the LG P-OLED display. But the reviewer thought it was fine for a first generation product.
  • There are other quirks too, such as capacitive volume keys, a SIM tray accessible only by unfolding the screen, and secondary functionality on the back.

Where are you going next?

  • The video is a good look at what could have been for LG – at least in the short term.
  • If the foldable market showed us anything, it’s that second and third generation products are making great strides.
  • So it seems likely that issues like screen wrinkling and screen durability may have been fixed in follow-up models.
  • Then again, there’s no guarantee we’d have seen a Rollable 2 if LG’s mobile device still existed today.
  • Still, the form factor lives on, as Oppo demonstrated with the X 2021 rollable concept last year. Our own Dhruv Bhutani spent two days with the device and came away with positive impressions.
  • The fact that Oppo was willing to let users try it outside of controlled conditions suggested that the device was almost ready for prime time. But unfortunately nothing yet.
  • Samsung is also working on the concept, according to Samsung Display videos and company patents.
  • We hope one of these companies is brave enough to jump in.

Thursday stuff

EV range anxiety USA Clunker Junker

The car analysis company Clunker Junker (h/t: Digg) has published an interesting study showing the US cities and states where EV charging causes the most stress. The company collected geo-tagged tweets related to EV charging and then used a stress detection tool called TensiStrength to identify posts with signs of distance anxiety.

  • It turns out Montana has the most range anxiety out of all 50 states, according to the survey.
  • Kansas, on the other hand, was the state with the least range anxiety.
  • When it comes to cities, the study found that Oakland, California had the most range anxiety.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Virginia Beach, Virginia apparently had the least range anxiety.
  • According to the study, EV charging stress rates for the US states and cities vary between 20% and 30%.
  • So it’s not that big of a difference between the best and lowest performers.

Here you must find an EV charger!

William

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