Motorola’s new rollable phone concept changes size at the push of a button

Motorola has just announced a new concept for a rollable smartphone with a screen that expands and contracts at the push of a button. The company showed the device at Lenovo Tech World and is the latest example of how tech companies are experimenting with ways to advance the modern smartphone.

Lenovo’s rollable phone concept has a 5-inch screen that can extend up to 6.5 inches when open. This makes it more compact than even the iPhone 13 Mini when in its small mode and almost the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max when fully expanded. The company has no plans to release the device yet as it is only in the conceptual stage.

The announcement comes after Motorola announced the Third generation razr in China in August. Prolific smartphone leaker Evan Blass previously reported that Motorola was in the early stages of developing a rollable smartphone, as he posted on the 91Mobiles blog in May.

Motorola’s approach to rollable smartphones differs from some of the other concepts we’ve seen so far. Companies like SAMSUNG And TCL, for example, they have developed concept devices with screens that expand horizontally rather than vertically to switch from smartphone to tablet mode. But with its concept, Motorola aims to provide a smartphone that can change the screen size according to the situation rather than developing a smartphone-tablet hybrid.

Motorola’s rollable phone concept can change the screen size at the push of a button.

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But it will likely be some time before you can buy a rollable phone, similar to how companies like Samsung presented foldable phone concepts years before the first Galaxy Fold arrived. But Ross Young, co-founder and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, thinks rollaways could fill some of the shortcomings of today’s large-format leaflets like the Galaxy Z Fold line.

“I think the rollable concept has a lot of potential to replace that book-like device in my mind because it’s going to be a lot thinner,” he said in a previous interview. “And it should be much lighter.”

Although Motorola’s first foldable Razr received a lot of attention when it launched in 2019, Samsung is the industry leader when it comes to foldable phones. Samsung accounts for 62% of the global foldable phone market, while Huawei came in second with 16%, according to Counterpoint Research. The same report also suggests that the foldable phone market is expected to grow 73% in 2022, indicating that consumers may become more receptive to phones with screens that can fold, fold and eventually roll.


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