Could Flip Phones Return as Rollable Devices?

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    11,016
    Likes Received:
    3,979
    Trophy Points:
    823
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +4,254
    [​IMG]

    Flip phones might make a resurgence, but not in the way you might think. According to the latest reports from the folks at LG, they have made some great strides with their flexible OLED display tech research. The above pic is an 18-inch version of this technology and shows just how far they have come. This screen has a resolution of 1200x810 with almost 1 million pixels, and it can be rolled up into a toilet paper style cylinder that’s only 3cm in radius.

    Sadly, at first, this tech will hit TVs, and it could be a while before they are able to bring it to our mobile devices. There are simply some more technical hurdles they must clear to effectively "miniaturize" the display and allow room for the necessary modules required for a functioning device.

    Despite this, the fact that they have made this current version possible shows their commitment to making it happen. Who knows, maybe in a few years, the next big market defining paradigm shift will move back to rollable "flip" phones...

    We will just need to be more careful about where we leave these devices. It will be easier to "lose" them in the laundry! :eek:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  2. mountainbikermark

    mountainbikermark Super Moderator
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2010
    Messages:
    7,455
    Likes Received:
    3,886
    Trophy Points:
    1,563
    Ratings:
    +4,348
    Somehow I just don't think rolling up your phone will give that same satisfaction as a good Jethro Gibbs slamming shut of a G zone flip phone. Yes a really neat and great feature to have but when the world is in idiot mode nothing satisfies that end of the call from hades like a good clunk of a flip phone

    Sent from my LG-D801 using Tapatalk
     
    • Like Like x 6
  3. cr6

    cr6 Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2011
    Messages:
    8,354
    Likes Received:
    5,877
    Trophy Points:
    1,778
    Location:
    NW Rocky Mtn region
    Ratings:
    +6,707
    Current Phone Model:
    Galaxy S7 Edge
    Twitter:
    @dronewolfmedia
    I concur mbm! That and I've never felt the need to roll up my phone into a toilet paper style cylinder. LOL But it IS cool to see how far technology is advancing. I'm still looking forward to Minority Report style computers.

    tap'n on my S5
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. grenefroggie

    grenefroggie Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2011
    Messages:
    964
    Likes Received:
    398
    Trophy Points:
    203
    Location:
    KY
    Ratings:
    +464
    Current Phone Model:
    Google Nexus 5
    Agreed.

    +1 for NCIS ref.

    I am the perfect DiNozzo. I just need a Gibbs for smacks to the head!!!
     
  5. 94lt1

    94lt1 Super Moderator
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    17,152
    Likes Received:
    4,040
    Trophy Points:
    1,138
    Location:
    SE TX
    Ratings:
    +4,530
    Current Phone Model:
    Droid Turbo 2
    OK... Smack...
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. prime

    prime Kernel Developer
    Premium Member Developer

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2010
    Messages:
    1,900
    Likes Received:
    55
    Trophy Points:
    128
    Location:
    Florida
    Ratings:
    +57
    Well a screen that can roll can be held within a hard shell, think your current phone with an additional screen that can be pulled out the side of the device.

    This is where flexible screens can shine.
     
  7. grenefroggie

    grenefroggie Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2011
    Messages:
    964
    Likes Received:
    398
    Trophy Points:
    203
    Location:
    KY
    Ratings:
    +464
    Current Phone Model:
    Google Nexus 5
    NOW IMAGINE: You roll the screen out, flexible and all. Once in position, the screen locks in to a hard state.
     
Search tags for this page

flip phone forum