INTRO: Over the past year, we’ve not only seen a spread of foldable phones but a couple of foldable laptop concepts surface also . Technology giants are now looking past these foldable form factors and LG is no stranger to this concept. The Korean giant is already offering a high-end rollable TV and is gearing up to bring a rollable smartphone to the market next year. Now, a patent filing suggests that LG could be looking to use this concept to future laptops also .
This patent, titled ‘Portable electronic device having rollable display structure’, talks about a chunky wand case-like structure (resembles a tiny soundbar) that will house a rollable laptop display. This patent was first spotted by RootMyGalaxy. LG details that users are going to be ready to unfurl the display and use it anywhere between 13.3-inch to large 17-inch screen size. The company enables an equivalent functionality with its rollable TV, where you’ll only unfurl one-third of the display while taking note of music.
As you can see in the image above, LG will bake a power button on the right side of the display enclosure. There is no mention of the CPU and other hardware components within the patent. Will they be baked into the display enclosure or sit within the add-on keyboard accessory? I believe it’ll be the previous because the company will enable you to regulate the device using touch. But, you’ll attach a keyboard accessory for added precision.
Also, if you’re worried that the display will tumble and fall over then LG, in the patent filing, explicitly mentions that the display has a self-standing guide unit. It “guides the rollable display board into a curved arc shape in order that the rollable display board independently stands up when the rollable display is unrolled from a display drum inside a housing.”
Prior to this, we already saw LG patent a smartphone form factor where the screen can be extended to achieve a tablet or foldable laptop form factor. The company is predicted to launch this smartphone as a part of its Explorer Project in March next year. If rumors are to be believed, it will be called LG Rollable – pretty straightforward.
The LG Rollable will sit alongside LG Wing and could be similar in functionality to the Oppo X 2021 concept phone that was shown off in China just days ago. Now, it’ll be interesting to ascertain whether the corporate can apply its rollable TV technology to laptops. Would you have an interest in carrying a boxy wand with a rollable display and keyboard case to work?