Rollable smartphones have long been considered by multiple brands, with a couple of them still working on a rollable handset. One key player was LG, but post its exit from the smartphone business, it seemed that the idea started to fade away, with Oppo being the leader as of now.
Today, a report detailed the chances of Huawei returning to the foldable space and, if the company does intend to try and showcase a rollable handset, Oppo could face some major competition from its fellow Chinese brand.
The new patent that was spotted on Friday hints at the company working on a rollable handset complete with certain features that make it a bit different from what LG and Oppo showcased.
Huawei’s Latest Patent Is Quite Interesting!
The patent spotted initially by LetsGoDigital was initially filed back in January of 2021, but was published this month. It shows a design similar to a previous patent seen in April, but it comes with a few new concept listings.
The rollable handset from Huawei will supposedly make use of a large OLED screen that is made of plastic, wrapping around the front that covers a part of the rear of the device the portion left towards the rear packs adequate space for a camera array, which could be interesting, considering Huawei’s history with great optics.
Do note that the most interesting thing here is the rollable system, wherein the screen is pulled around the handset’s edge. When a user wishes for more display, it slides around the back alongside a motorised system.
This is quite interesting since Huawei’s main priority is to reduce creases, which is being handled by adding magnets in the rolling mechanism, which should also lock the screen to a specific place.
The display settings are divided as well, into three different sizes. The device sports a 6.5-inch display out of the box, but it can be extended to up to 11-inches, which is impressive, considering that a user can carry a tablet-sized display in their pocket without any hassles since most devices are similar in size to the unrolled version of the rollable phone.
There are certain concerns over durability and the concept’s nature, but, it seems to be an interesting take on foldables. Considering how Huawei is yet to finish on its plans from 2020, this could be just a listing that is tackled in 2022, if not later.