On Tuesday at virtual event Tech World 22 Lenovo CEO Luca Rossi showed off two concept devices with foldable OLED screens: a laptop and a smartphone from the 312 Labs team, Motorola’s internal R&D group (Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion in 2014).
The laptop from Lenovo has an OLED screen that expands vertically, but this solution is unlikely to be to the liking of some users (there is a fear that the panel will become “heavier” at the top when extended).
In a short video demo, you can see that the screen can be enlarged by almost 2 times, thereby increasing the area and possibilities for working on the device.
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Earlier, in September 2022, Intel and Samsung already showed their concept of a sliding PC – it transforms from a 13-inch device to a 17-inch one.
As for the flexible smartphone model from Motorola, as we reported earlier, when you press a certain button, its screen can expand or contract, and the wallpaper “adapts” to the size. The movable display is a flexible OLED panel measuring 6.5 inches when unfolded and just over 4 inches when folded.
The decision to have the smartphone’s screen expand vertically instead of horizontally (as it did on LG’s canceled slider smartphone) is arguably the best implementation of the “flexible model” to date. Unfortunately, only the front part of the device is shown to us, which does not give an idea of the volume of the device and its parameters. However, while the smartphone looks practical, which can not be said about most devices with flexible OLED panels.
“Flexible” smartphone concepts are also being developed by other manufacturers. In addition to the previously mentioned LG, TCL teased such devices for many years, but a viable commercial product did not come out of this.