After rumors surfaced that the LG Rollable phone had been cancelled, the company has weighted in. Apparently no decisions have been made yet, which leaves the phone in a limbo state.
These rumors arose after speculation LG might leave the phone business. While saying the phone’s fate is undecided is not particularly good news, there is still a chance the LG Rollable will arrive later this year as originally promised.
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Rollable phones could be the next big thing in the phone industry, functioning as an evolution of the foldable devices we’ve started seeing the past couple of years. You just have a mechanism that evenly expands the screen rather than a single fold you have to flip open yourself. That means you don’t have to worry about damaged hinges or creases in the screen.
LG isn’t the only company that has been tinkering with rollable phones. Samsung and Oppo have both done some work of their own, but so far LG is the only company that’s promised to let us buy one. Obviously, we were pretty upset when we heard the phone might end up being cancelled thanks to financial difficulties faced by LG’s smartphone division.
But LG told The Verge (opens in new tab) that no decision has been made about the rollable’s release, or the future of LG’s smartphone division. It’s not as encouraging as additional promises that the phone is still coming, but it’s not the end of the line just yet.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if LG did completely exit the smartphone industry. The company has struggled to compete over the past few years, and it’s reported that LG’s smartphone business has lost around $4.5 billion over the past five years.
But as The Verge points out, rumors about the rollable’s uncertain future stem from a change in the phone’s manufacturing schedule. A report from Yonhap News (opens in new tab) claims LG had told suppliers the phone was on hold, and that they could request a refund for their development efforts.
But delays aren’t cancellations, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that the phone isn’t coming quite as soon as LG promised. The rollable design is brand new, after all, and problems can arise at any point when you’re trying something that hasn’t been done before. The botched launch of the very first Samsung Galaxy Fold is proof of that.
Let’s just hope that the LG Rollable does see the light of day, and before LG’s smartphone business goes completely under. But, failing that, there’s always the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to keep us going until someone else can actually sell us a rollable of their own.