LG, the company behind the breathtakingly cool rollable TV, says one of the company's top leaders wants to bring the same flexible display technology to smartphones.
The CTO of the Korean electronics company confirmed in an interview with Tom's Guide that the company is experimenting with scrollable and foldable phones.
"We are investigating many different form factors for phones, including foldable and rollable," said LG CTO IP Park.
"As the display technology has grown so much that it can become very flexible form factors, if the market requires much larger screens, we will have to fold or roll it with 5G, so we will investigate it."
LG is not the first company to consider new form factors for mobile phones. Samsung recently released a folding phone prototype, which was due to debut in the first half of this year. The Chinese company Royole also showed a foldable phone, the FlexPai, which is currently only available in China.
While LG's entry into space is not necessarily surprising, it's good news for anyone looking to build foldable cell phones. The company has been experimenting with flexible displays for years. The highlight of the LG Signature OLED TV R is a 65-inch TV that unrolls when not in use.
This trick, which you can see in action in the video above, is possible thanks to sophisticated engineering. Instead of mounting the flexible OLED panel on a piece of glass like a conventional TV, LG has mounted the display on a flexible substance that allows rolling. According to the company, the set can roll and roll up to 50,000 times without breaking.
Royol's foldable phone, the FlexPaiImage: karissa bell / mashableThe notion that LG applies the same concept to smartphones is particularly intriguing, as such a phone can actually be scrollable, unlike the flip-up devices that Royole and Samsung have shown.
It's not clear if this type of scrollable technology is even usable in a smartphone form factor, but it's another sign that foldable and scrollable phones are more than just a fad.