April 20, 2021

These are LG’s never to be released flagship phones for 2021


Late Sunday evening the final nail was driven into the coffin of LG’s smartphone business, when the manufacturer declared it was halting development of all hardware. One of the (many) areas in which LG fell behind was in the cutting edge of foldable phone development, but it did have at least one alternative: a rolling screen. LG showed off its prototype earlier this year, declaring its intention to make and sell it, and apparently sent it to multiple certification agencies for testing.

Twitter user @FrontTron spotted the LM-R910N, AKA the LG Rollable, making its way through South Korea’s communications and safety regulatory agencies for testing. There isn’t much info in the documentation, apart from the dimensions seen in the measurement and the fact that it’s manufactured in Vietnam. Unfortunately the single photo doesn’t give us any more insight into the design of the body or screen.

FronTron also showed off what was presented as the LG “Rainbow,” a V70 flagship that would presumably follow the V60. Note that only the photo on the left is genuine.

LG’s retreat from the smartphone market means that neither of these phones will ever see a retail shelf, but at least some upcoming hardware is still making its way through regulatory agencies. We may see a few more glimpses of what might have been, while current LG owners are wondering if they’ll see any meaningful Android updates in the future.

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