Unbelievable footage of a Samsung rollable phone has suddenly surfaced.
Samsung’s trials with rollable, scrollable, and foldable displays have so far only yielded the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. However, according to documents presented last week to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this may not be the case for much longer.
According to the WIPO application, which was discovered by SamMobile, a smartphone with a rollable screen may be expanded. Two versions are shown: one where the rollable section emerges from the side and the other where it rolls out vertically from the top. Although the panel is opaque, it is transparent in both circumstances, and the opaqueness seems to be a function of the user
What’s the point of making the expanded screen visible if it’s not necessary? The software mentions augmented reality (AR) explicitly as a possible use case. The idea of overlaying virtual items on top of real-world objects without using your camera as a pass-through makes perfect sense..
Using an opaque or semi-opaque screen may also help you be more aware of your surroundings when walking and texting.
“Why not?” would be a better question. It’s difficult to be critical of this feature since it’s optional and can be disabled entirely in the settings. And, of course, the most important feature of any rollable is that it enables you to carry both a tiny and a big screen device in your pocket.
However, it is revealing that although many folding gadgets have made it into customers’ pockets, rolling ones have yet to leave the idea phase. It is debatable if the rollable design is better than a folding panel. When LG announced that it was exiting the phone business, there was a potential that it would be the first firm with a rollable gadget. In addition, Oppo had a prototype phone called the Oppo X 2022 that could be rolled up, but it was just shown last year and hasn’t hit the market yet.
There are several instances of patents and plans that were never implemented into a commercially viable product throughout the history of technology. Even still, it’s intriguing that Samsung is even contemplating this, given that Apple’s foldable phone won’t be available until 2025, according to reports.