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Report: Here's when you should expect LG's rollable phone

The first rollable smartphone with a slide-out display might not be far away.

Published onOctober 30, 2020

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  • LG will reportedly launch its rollable phone in March 2021.
  • The company previously teased the design at the LG Wing launch.

Rumors and an official tease point to LG launching a rollable smartphone some time in the future, dubbed Project B for now. This is said to offer a slide-out screen on the side that could enable a tablet-sized experience in your pocket.

Now, Korean outlet The Elec reports that this rollable smartphone will launch in March 2021. This echoes the “early 2021” launch window touted by the publication earlier this year.

There isn’t much else to know about the Project B device just yet, but it’s believed that LG will produce the device itself rather than relying on an original design manufacturer (ODM). Speaking of ODMs, The Elec claims that the LG Velvet 2 — or whatever the successor is called — will be outsourced.

Waiting for a more traditional high-end device? Well, the publication notes that LG’s next flagship phone, code-named Rainbow, will be launched in Q1 2021. It suggests that the new phone will be equivalent to the LG V series in terms of specifications. So we’d expect a Snapdragon 875 chipset and other flagship garnishings.

Nevertheless, between the rollable phone, Velvet 2, and Rainbow, it looks like LG might have a varied lineup in 2021. The rollable phone in particular could be a great answer to foldables like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, offering a large screen on demand. Hopefully the slide-out screen is more durable than foldable phones though.

Next: LG Wing review — An incredible first try, but a first try nonetheless

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