Mad4mobilephones: Telecom Italia, the leading network in Italy, have partnered with Polymer Vision to launch the world’s first mobile device with a rollable display.
The handset, which will be presented to the industry at 3GSM next week, uses a rollable display technology allowing a screen much larger than the handset to be stored internally and unrolled when it needs to be used.
Readability is similar to printed paper thanks to 16 grey levels and high contrast and the device is smaller than a typical phone despite the display measuring 5 inches. Future developments include colour images and a display capable of showing moving pictures.
The display allows users to read full newspapers as well as downloadable books which can be bought via the TIM network. Storage is 4GB so plenty of content can be stored. TIM has integrated a number of services such as RSS and email to allow users to make full use of the large screen.
A touch sensitive interface operates the phone and LED indicators make it look great as well. One of the best features is the low power consumption of the display – it will last for 10 days between charges.