Whereas we look ahead to folding telephones from Samsung and Huawei to go on sale, Sony is engaged in some flexible display tech of its own – however, in this case, we’re speaking about a rollable phone rather than a foldable one.
The tipster says that he has real intel about prototypes being worked on at Sony. Note that we’re talking prototypes here so that the details may change before a full consumer launch.
The top of the year could unveil a rollable Sony handset, the rumor goes, sporting a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 5G courtesy of the Qualcomm X50 Modem. With those specs, don’t expect a cheap starting worth.
Considering the lack of substantial evidence to back up these claims, we would not bet your house on them just yet. They’re, nevertheless, an intriguing hint about where Sony and the rest of the industry might head next.
We have previously seen patents from Sony detailing how rollable (and foldable) phone screens might work. We additionally know that LG – tipped to be supplying Sony with flexible screens – has the expertise to make displays that roll-up.
Add within the information that the likes of LG and Samsung are busy developing rollable smartphones of their own, and this new rumor about a Sony gadget starts to sound a lot more credible.
A few months in the past we heard that Sony is prepping a 5G-capable, clamshell-style folding Xperia telephone prepared for launch in 2020, so next year might be quite the year for progressive Sony products.
Within the meantime, it is the IFA 2019 expo in Berlin in September, a show where Sony usually has a strong presence. We might hear more about technology there.