OPPO X 2021: flexible and rollable screen

At the moment we do not know anything about the interior of the OPPO X 2021, or its components, camera … not a single technical specification. And yet, at least in my case, the expectations are already very high. And the fact is that the Chinese manufacturer has decided to jump into an arena in which more manufacturers are entering every day and that, personally, I find the most interesting, although it may be a headache for developers of operating systems and apps . I mean, of course, experimenting with changing form factors, and especially displays that can change shape and size.

And, for now, the only thing we know about OPPO X 2021 is that it is a concept in which the manufacturer has been working for some time and that has been presented in the context of OPPO INNO DAY 2020, an event that took place today and in which OPPO has shown us what it is working on, beyond models of smartphones and other devices that we could classify as conventional. The OPPO X 2021 undoubtedly escapes from that category.

Looking at the top image of the OPPO X 2021, together with the title, it is likely that you are wondering what exactly this proposal consists of, and this is one of those cases in which an image is worth a thousand words … and a video can be worth more than a thousand images. I’ll try anyway. Imagine a smartphone with a standard form factor that, under certain circumstances, and automatically, spreads by getting wider, a process during which part of the screen, which was rolled up (and inactive, of course) on the left side, which does not have a bezel, it unfolds and activates.

As we can see in the presentation videos of OPPO X 2021, the phone unfolds and folds automatically and does so at a fairly smooth speed, something that is understandable, since it is possible to imagine that a screen of this type must be quite fragile. And although the presentation that you can see in the video above indicates that the screen can be adjusted for the different types of content, it is not clear whether it is the user who activates one mode or the other or, on the contrary, the OPPO X 2021 is capable of detecting these types of use and adjusts automatically or, what would be even more interesting, if this can be adjusted by the user.

It’s no secret that I love gambling for breaking out of the traditional form factor. It is true that there are more interesting proposals and others, let’s say, bizarre. However, in the end, this is the way innovation goes, right? Recent examples such as the LG Wing and the LG Project B have me quite cajoled, and without a doubt OPPO X 2021 has joined this not extensive but if excellent list. Hopefully more manufacturers experimenting in this regard and breaking the form factor, testing folding screens and so on. And is that, possibly, from some of those tests, which today seem surprising to us, the next standard will emerge.

In the video below you can see the OPPO INNO DAY 2020, in which the OPPO X 2021 and other news have been presented. And if you want more information, you can find it on the OPPO website