Oppo rollable concept smartphone is here, beating LG to the punch

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 17 Nov 2020
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Oppo Inno Day 2020: Rollable smartphone showcased

OPPO X 2021 concept phone has variable OLED screen

OPPO AR Glass 2021 and CybeReal AR app also unveiled

Oppo rollable concept smartphone is here, beating LG to the punch
Oppo rollable concept smartphone is here, beating LG to the punch

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Oppo Inno Day 2020 just concluded where the company gave us a glimpse of three concept products. Oppo hosted its Inno Day event in 2019 where it unveiled a number of new technologies including the under-screen selfie camera, new fast charging technology, 5G plans and more. We saw all of these technologies come to fruition this year with in-screen selfie camera phones and products like the Oppo Watch. 

This year at the Inno Day 2020, Oppo has unveiled a concept rollable smartphone, an AR Glass and the CybeReal AR app. The concept smartphone dubbed Oppo X 2021 is essentially a phone featuring variable OLED display that can go from 6.7-inch to 7.4 inches as per the need. Being a concept, there isn’t much known about the phone at the moment except for some information on how the Oppo R&D was able to make this breakthrough.

We have previously seen rollable TVs by LG and the company has also teased that it is working on bringing that technology to phones under the LG Explorer Project. However, it seems like Oppo has beaten LG to the punch by showcasing its rollable Oppo X 2021.

The Oppo X 2021 has a rollable design that is made possible by the Roll Motor powertrain, 2-in-1 plate and the proprietary Warp Track high-strength screen laminate. With the combination of these three technologies, Oppo has been able to create a rollable phone that doesn’t leave creases which is an issue with the current generation of foldable phones. The Oppo X 2021 does not have hard folding involved which leaves no room for creases to be formed. 

“Compared with foldable technologies, rollable displays are a lot more adaptable as they are adjustable between minimum and maximum sizes for different use case scenarios,” said Henry Tang, Chief 5G scientist at Oppo.

Oppo X 2021 rollable smartphone unveiled

Oppo X 2021 has a movable top frame that extends to upto 7.4-inch giving way to the rollable nature of the phone and the two-in-one plate design prevents any foldability as it is supported by metal rails. Currently, there’s no word on a commercial roll-out of the Oppo X 2021 and given that it is a concept and is being perfected, it is highly unlikely we will get to hold it in our hands anytime soon.

Apart from this, Oppo also showcased the Oppo AR Glass 2021 that features the fisheye lens, ToF sensor and RGB camera. The new AR Glass also supports gesture and voice recognition and offers increased sharpness, brightness and is 75% lightweight that the previous model. 

Oppo also recommends using the Find X2 Pro with the AR Glass 2021 to boost the CPU and GPU performance by 40%. It also features the new Birdbath optical solution that is able to create a “home-theatre experience” with the new AR theatre feature letting users watch videos and more.

The CybeReal AR app is powered by the real-time spatial calculation technology that allows accurate scene recognition, digital reconstruction of the world to the centimetre and support for Oppo Cloud.

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