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Oppo showcases Oppo X 2021 with rollable display

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Oppo X 2021

It’s no secret that Oppo has been one of the most exciting companies to follow for  a couple of years from launching the motorized Oppo Find X to periscope zoom cameras to crazy fast charging solutions.

The company knows how to get people excited about technology and now they are back with another cool concept,  the rollable smartphone, known as the Oppo X 2021. This is the first working rollable concept phone we’ve seen from a mainstream smartphone company. 

Note:TCL also showcased a rollable display smartphone earlier this year, but it was a dummy unit.

Oppo X 2021 in its normal state
Oppo X 2021 in its normal state

The Oppo X 2021 is a rollable OLED screen smartphone that features a 6.7-inch display in its normal state. In its extended state, the screen size increases to 7.4 inches with the help of proprietary roll motor powertrain. The Oppo X 2021 has curved edges with a USB Type-C port and speaker grills at the bottom. There also seem to be 3 cameras on its back.

Oppo X 2021 in its extended state
Oppo X 2021 in its extended state

Since it doesn’t have a fixed display, it presents new opportunities for developers and users. Oppo gives the example of clicking a video link which then results in the screen adjusting for the aspect ratio on its own. This device can provide a fullscreen experience with both 16:9 and 4:3 content.

This mechanism has two dual rolling motors that extend or retract the display with equally-distributed force on both halves of the phone, when extended, the display is supported by metal layers under the panel which ensures that the display isn’t very susceptible to damages.

Oppo X 2021 has curved edges

The biggest advantage of rollable smartphones over foldables is that there won’t be any crease on the display something current foldables are still trying to overcome. Another advantage is that there is no need for a second display or a second front camera like on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.

On top of that, rollable smartphones can be way thinner than foldable phones. This Oppo phone is just 9mm thick (about the same as the Galaxy S20 Ultra). The current best foldable the Galaxy Z Fold 2 measures 16mm thick when folded, so that’s a big plus for rollable phones.

By the way, It’s important to remember that this is just a concept and there are actually no release plans yet.

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