At Tech World 2022, Motorola introduced the company’s first roll-up screen smartphone. For now, it is only a prototype, of which only the front has been unveiled. But that’s enough to imagine the potential of this flexible OLED screen that rolls up on itself and unfolds from 4 to 6.5 inches, stretching and retracting from the bottom edge. In practice, it manages to do what you’d expect from a foldable smartphone like the Galaxy Z Flip 4 – i.e. take up less space – without increasing the thickness and pocket size. necessary to accommodate it. This technology is made possible thanks to the OLED panels whose potential LG had already shown us. There is no indication that this prototype is close to commercialization – in the image, the battery and network icons appear, giving the impression of a ready-to-use model – but it could be the next surprise from Motorola after the launch of the Moto Razr.
What is certain is that the foldable market is doing well: Samsung dominates the sector with its Galaxy Z Fold and Flip. Oppo, Xiaomi or Honor presented their own version of the foldable but above all imposed themselves on the Chinese market. Other manufacturers, like TCL, have been innovating for a long time, offering strong and surprising concepts, without these being translated into finished products. Let’s hope Motorola’s prototype finds a happy ending in the market. What is certain is that the Lenovo group (which owns the Moto brand) is investing a lot in research around flexible OLED panels, including in the field of laptops. We can therefore suspect that it will be put on the market in the long term.