The trend of foldable smartphones may have lost a lot of steam due to the setbacks and delays from heavy hitters like Samsung and Huawei, and it’s highly doubtful that we’ll enter the age of renaissance for foldable phones just yet. In a different camp, Sony is allegedly working on a smartphone with a rollable display, similar to the likes of LG’s rollable TV which was previewed during CES 2019 earlier this year.
The tip was provided by leakster Max J. on Twitter who provided possible specs of the Sony device but no photos of it just yet. As typical of any Internet hearsay, we suggest taking this with a grain of salt for these type of rumours. At least until an actual confirmation from Sony themselves.
Moving on. Max stated that the Sony rollable smartphone features a Nautilus Design which extends out its display via a rolling mechanism on one end. It will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with a X50 modem, a 3,230 mAh battery, and a 10x zoom camera. The latter would be an interesting feature as we’ve yet to see a Sony phone to actually be equipped with such a camera (made by the company itself nonetheless).
If this rumour is indeed true, it’ll be interesting to see what Sony has to offer in terms of non-conventional smartphones, especially when their selling point has always been their entertainment setup (display and audio), as well as their camera technology. It’s a pity we might not even see it here in Malaysia, should it ever come out.
Note: As mentioned, no images of the alleged Sony device exists so far. Images used in this article, the MagicScroll rollable tablet PC and Samsung’s rollable display prototype, are used for added visuals only.