At its event for INNO Day 2020 last year, OPPO thrilled us with a device called OPPO X 2021, which takes up the idea of a rollable smartphone on its own.Practical videos showing the cool device have surfaced online. However, it appears that OPPO’s rollable device is still in the conceptual phase and may not soon be launched as a commercial device.
BBC technology reporter Chris Fox recently picked up the OPPO X 2021 and shared his experience in a video that also featured Neil Monger, Product Manager at OPPO UK. Fox mentioned in the video that OPPO won’t be selling its rollable phone anytime soon. Why, he received the answer from the OPPO executive itself, which is as follows:
|“OPPO is convinced that it will only bring products to market if they are subject to a really strict product testing process. And at the moment we haven’t pushed this device through yet. It is supposed to show our innovation and our forward thinking in new technologies and only show what the future of a smartphone factor could actually look like in the coming years. “|
This expanding smartphone concept can grow and shrink as needed. I chose @bbcclick #technology pic.twitter.com/fbKvaqadnm
– Chris Fox (@thisisFoxx) March 5, 2021
The device itself has a flexible OLED display with a size of 6.7 inches. If you scroll it through a dynamic scroll frame, you get 7.4 inches of screen real estate. There’s a side button that you can swipe to extend and retract the flexible control panel and change the form factor between tablet and phone. A rollable display also means that the phone does not contain a selfie camera.
However, OPPO’s rollable phone looks really impressive!
OPPO has also optimized its ColorOS skin to acclimate and use the extra screen area when devices switch between two form factors. On the back there is a single image sensor and two ToF 3D cameras for AR / VR functions.
Aside from OPPO, LG has also unveiled its upcoming rollable phone, as has TCL, and that in multiple form factors. But none of them have yet made it into the hands of consumers as a commercially available device. In the meantime, Samsung continues to dominate the foldable smartphone segment with devices like the Galaxy Z Fold2While HUAWEI also stays in the game, the latest offering is the Mate X2.
I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Leaving the latest news aside, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a host on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.