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TL;DR
  • Oppo teased a new phone with a retractable display on November 16.
  • The company then launched it on November 17 at its Inno Day tech event.

Update: November 17, 2020 (4:30 AM ET): Oppo officially showed off its first rollable concept phone called the Oppo X 2021 at its Inno Day tech event. You can read all about it here.


Original article: November 16, 2020 (1:38 AM ET): Oppo’s upcoming Inno Day tech event is a platform for the company to showcase its new wares and tech that we’ll eventually see in its future products. Last week, the Chinese phone maker teased a new AR Glass wearable that it plans to announce at the November 17 event. Now, Oppo has teased another Inno Day product that might just steal the limelight from LG — a rollable phone.

The company took to Weibo and Twitter to tease a new phone with a retractable display. “Big screen? Small screen? Infinite screen? In the future, your mobile phone may be able to retract freely,” reads the Weibo post (machine translated).

The teaser is also accompanied by an image that shows a curved corner and a display stretching out of the phone’s chassis. This same concept phone image was used on Twitter, with Oppo claiming that the device will “usher in a new era of screen.” Check it out below.

Oppo hasn’t revealed much else, but by the looks of it, this might be a prototype or a concept phone like what TCL showed off earlier this year. LG is also rumored to be working on a similar rollable phone, but could Oppo beat LG to the punch as far as commercialisation is concerned? It’s not clear just yet, but LG previously teased a rollable phone design at the Wing launch, and rumors point to a March 2021 launch.

We hope Oppo shows off a working device and also gives us a glimpse of how the software would adapt to rollable screens. The future of phones sure looks flexible and Oppo seems to be in the thick of it. We can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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