Motorola’s new whacky rollable smartphone concept can seamlessly transform into a smartwatch by wrapping around your wrist

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Motorola has showcased a new whacky smartphone concept at Lenovo Tech World ’23 that can double up as a smartwatch. The smartphone manufacturer, which has been under Lenovo’s umbrella since 2014, has never been averse to experimenting with innovative and disruptive ideas, and this is perfectly demonstrated by the newest conceptual prototype. The smartphone concept features an “adaptive display” which helps the device bend and transform to fit a number of use cases, like function as a phone, stand, or smart bracelet. This device goes on to prove that there’s still a lot of room for fresh ideas and innovations in the smartphone industry which has otherwise started to stagnate.

Called the adaptive display concept, the Motorola device is equipped with a pOLED display, which is basically an OLED display with plastic encasing which provides it with the ability to bend. The 6.9-inch FHD display can fold flat in the standard mode to function like a traditional smartphone. In this mode, the device offers the full Android experience, just like any smartphone. The lower end of the smartphone can be bent to put the device into stand mode where you can place it upright on a desk and make it stand on its own. The rollable smartphone switches to a compact form of Android, functioning on a 4.6-inch section of its display.

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The most interesting mode of the flexible prototype is the one in which it turns into a slap bracelet. The smartphone turns into a chunky smartwatch, completely wrapping around your wrist. Interestingly, the back of the smartphone is wrapped in an orange fabric, which should make it comfortable to wear as a smart bracelet. While Motorola has chosen to reveal other specs of the flexible smartphone concept, the company said that the device is infused with a plethora of AI-powered functions that can carry out tasks like creating generative wallpapers, blur out sensitive information automatically, and take document scanning to the next level. “This innovation aims to improve final image quality by minimizing wrinkles and shadows to ensure documents or images appear as crisp and clear as possible,” the company wrote in a blog post. Although the concept is really cool, we don’t expect to see a production version come out anytime soon.

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