Update: In a statement to The Verge, LG denied it has delayed or cancelled the LG Rollable with a spokesperson saying "I can firmly deny that any such decision on future mobile products has been finalized." However, this comment leaves open the possibility that a decision to cancel the LG Rollable could be finalized in the future.
Original story: Yet another rumor suggests that the LG Rollable may have been delayed, if not cancelled outright.
LG has allegedly told its suppliers, including those providing displays, that the rollable project has been put on hold, according to Yonhap News.
The Rollable was dramatically unveiled at the online-only CES 2021, and subsequently confirmed a 2021 release date – but weeks later, we heard that the device might be cancelled. These uneven rumors make us wonder if the LG Rollable is coming out this year after all.
Which hasn’t meant the end of LG Rollable news, as we just heard about more patents that could regard the upcoming unfurling device. The latest patent looks a lot like the model we saw on the virtual CES 2021 stage, but it could end up being an alternative design.
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LG Rollable – the nail in the coffin?
If the LG Rollable ends up cancelled, that might be the end of LG’s endeavors releasing phones, as we heard last month that the company was considering selling its smartphone business.
If that happens, LG may still be in the smartphone industry, if only to make display panels for iPhones. That'd be a sad turn of events given all the work they seemingly put in to making a rollable phone happen. Butm if so, we’ve still got the TCL Rollable supposedly coming, along with a Samsung rollable phone potentially on the way, too.
Via Android Police
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David is now a mobile reporter at Cnet. Formerly Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, he covered phones, tablets, and wearables. He still thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made. He's most interested in technology, gaming and culture – and where they overlap and change our lives. His current beat explores how our on-the-go existence is affected by new gadgets, carrier coverage expansions, and corporate strategy shifts.