Oppo, as a company is known to push the envelope in terms of smartphone design — the Oppo N1, back in 2013 had a rotating camera, while the Find X in 2018 came with a slide-out camera to negate the notch. Today, the company has arrived with yet another marvel that could redefine the smartphone industry — it’s the Oppo X 2021 rollable concept phone.
One of the major highlights of this phone is that it has a variable display size which can be adjusted between 6.7 and 7.4-inches diagonally. Oppo showed a demo that included the phone’s screen size automatically adjusting according to the aspect ratio of the video.
When not extended, the Oppo X 2021’s display measures 6.7-inches. It’s an OLED screen that has its own Warp Track high-strength screen lamination which sits beneath the display and has a thickness of just 0.1mm at its thinnest point. Oppo has not said anything about the outer layer of the display, but by the looks of it, it’s most probably some kind of plastic.
It has dual rolling motors running below the display which in part manages to create a zero-crease screen, which is still a challenge for most foldables right now. What’s more interesting is that the motors can retract and extend the display with equal pressure on both sides.
The Oppo X 2021 also has a dynamic frame — a fixed frame and a moving one at the top which allows the design with no gaps, preventing the screen from breaking, courtesy of the metal frame below the panel.
Oppo has not said anything about the release plans for the Oppo X 2021, and it’s understandable as all these bells and whistles, at last, is just an experiment from the company. This means we could never see the phone in its real form. However, Oppo could make use of the phone’s current technology in future smartphones, which just excites me to some extent.