OPPO X 2021 is a shapeshifting phone that grows to the size of a tablet

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    This is a concept phone, but does seems to offer an alternative to the folding phones in the future

    Chinese electronics company OPPO has revealed a concept smartphone, called the X 2021, which expands by rolling out its screen on a miniature conveyor belt.

    Companies from Samsung to Motorola, Microsoft and Huawei have tried to achieve a similar size-changing effect through the much-hyped novelty of folding screens.

    But the OLED screen in the X 2021 simply unfurls like a scroll, growing from 17 centimetres to 18.7 centimetres at the slide of a button.

    This is possible through a trio of technological innovations, centred around the roll-out mechanism.

    The flexible OLED screen is laminated onto a steel “warp track”, which resembles a conveyor belt or the tracks of a tank, allowing it to be rolled out when needed while strengthening it and maintaining its shape.

    A “two-in-one plate” makes up the body of the phone, which essentially consists of comb-like units that are interlaced to form a single surface behind the screen.

    When moving into tablet mode, these are cleaved apart to accommodate the display’s expansion, while always leaving a certain number of “teeth” supporting the centre of the display to prevent it from collapsing inward.

    Read more: https://www.dezeen.com/2020/11/26/oppo-x-2021-is-a-shapeshifting-phone-that-grows-to-the-size-of-a-tablet/

     

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    Just be careful if you put this expandable phone in your trouser pocket

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