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LG rollable phone might be gone for good

LG rollable phone might be gone for good

South Korean sources suggest this week that LG's sent word of a halting of efforts for their future rollable phone. This conceptual effort was meant to be a real deal, at some point - a phone with a display that'd effective unfurl like a scroll. But now, amid the restructuring of the LG smartphone business in general, it would appear that any sort of "rollable" smartphone efforts will need to be done by a different company, one more prepared to drop cash on such a risky endeavor.

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With a morphing body and all-EV power the Lotus E-R9 is a racer piloted like a jet

With a morphing body and all-EV power the Lotus E-R9 is a racer piloted like a jet

Lotus has promised big changes as it revamps its entire sports car range, but we weren't quite expecting anything like the new E-R9 all-electric racer. Described by the British automaker as "a next-generation pure electric endurance racer," it's a vision of what performance EVs for motorsport might look like come 2030.

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Nissan van life concept includes a tiny desk for working on the road

Nissan van life concept includes a tiny desk for working on the road

If you dream of packing up your laptop and adopting the van life, Nissan's new concept will give you some inspiration. The company has showcased a new van design that packs everything you need for a simple life into a relatively compact van small enough for anyone to comfortably drive. Among other things, the concept includes a tiny workstation for getting things done.

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Hyundai TIGER concept vehicle can roll or walk on challenging terrain

Hyundai TIGER concept vehicle can roll or walk on challenging terrain

It may have lost favor with Apple but Hyundai naturally has its hands in other futuristic endeavors related to mobility. From its upcoming electric vehicles to robots that move individuals or groups, the South Korean carmaker is applying any and all aspects of design, engineering, and creative thinking to envision the vehicles of the future. Its latest concept is just as out of this world and could probably even be used out of this planet in the future.

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Xiaomi Quad-curved Waterfall Display concept has no room for bezels

Xiaomi Quad-curved Waterfall Display concept has no room for bezels

The war over bezels wages on and we are nowhere near the end yet. Punch-hole cutouts are just a stopgap measure until the ideal under-display camera or UDC has been implemented. That still leaves room for a few more attempts, of course, including designs that answer the next big question, what to do with all that reclaimed space. Xiaomi has just presented one possibility with a screen that bends over all four edges of the phone.

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Lexus is planning a huge change for 2021

Lexus is planning a huge change for 2021

Lexus is teasing both a bold new concept car and a production model based on that shift in design language in 2021, as the automaker moves to further embrace electrification. It's fair to say that the Lexus aesthetic - particularly the huge "spindle" grille - has been divisive in recent years, with the theme leaving the Japanese automaker's cars certainly more memorable if not meeting with universal approval.

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Cadillac flying car and autonomous pod concepts hint at electric roadmap

Cadillac flying car and autonomous pod concepts hint at electric roadmap

Cadillac may have its Celestiq hyper-luxury EV in mind for the near future, but two new concepts - an autonomous lounge pod and a flying car - at CES 2021 today show it's looking further ahead in electrification, too. The Cadillac Personal Autonomous Vehicle and Cadillac Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Personal Drone aren't exactly close to a commercial launch, but they're part of the automaker's vision of how even those who don't want to drive an electric car themselves may still find some EV in their future.

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LG Rollable phone teased – and we already want it

LG Rollable phone teased – and we already want it

LG has teased its first rollable smartphone, giving a brief glimpse of the new form-factor during the company's big CES 2021 keynote today. While the phone-maker has been flirting with some more unusual designs for devices in response to handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, it's also been working on an even more eye-catching design.

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NEC LAVIE MINI is an 8-inch gaming laptop with a Switch-style controller

NEC LAVIE MINI is an 8-inch gaming laptop with a Switch-style controller

Lenovo and NEC promised something big from their collaboration, but the LAVIE MINI is actually unexpectedly small, in the best possible way. A tiny convertible PC, it's designed to be both an 8-inch go-anywhere miniature notebook and a portable PC gaming system, complete with a detachable controller.

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PS2-themed PS5 – Better than the real thing?

PS2-themed PS5 – Better than the real thing?

The industrial design of the Sony PlayStation 5 is bold. The base hardware for the past few generations of Xbox and PlayStation have been relatively tame - in their base configuration, anyway. With the PlayStation 5, Sony decided to take a more daring approach, with an extreme bit of industrial design AND a color scheme that made sure every curve was highly apparent. Today a concept redesign of this console delivered an alternate reality - one in all-black.

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OPPO Rollable phone concept won’t be available any time soon

OPPO Rollable phone concept won’t be available any time soon

Manufacturers reveal concept designs and working prototypes for a variety of reasons. It could be for bragging rights, being established as a pioneer, or proof that the company can indeed make such a product. Not all of these concepts get turned into actual commercial products but some of them surprisingly do. Unfortunately for those hoping OPPO would be the first in the market with a rollable phone, the company is simply saying no, at least not for the immediate future.

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Ford turned its new Bronco into an epic Jekyll & Hyde concept truck

Ford turned its new Bronco into an epic Jekyll & Hyde concept truck

Ford's new Bronco hasn't made it to dealerships yet, but that isn't stopping the automaker from giving the hotly-anticipated truck the SEMA treatment with a beefy new 2-door concept for the truck owner who wants two vehicles in one. The Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept is one of several truck-based customs, including one-off versions of the F-150, Bronco Sport, and Ranger.

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