Royole became the world’s first smartphone manufacturer to launch a foldable display smartphone last year. The half baked Flexpai was not well received, and it was evident that the product was rushed to create the record. Now the company has launched its successor – Royole Flexpai 2.
Flexpai 2 comes with 3rd generation cicada Wing (Flexible Foldable Display) with smaller crease and bend radius. Royole claims the new model has improved brightness, contrast and viewing angle.
Bill Liu – the founder of Royole, revealed that Flexpai 2 comes with the latest Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 5G. The screen is 7.8-inch wide diagonally when opened and has a 4:3 ratio. The phone also comes equipped with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage, but the company did not reveal the capacity as the phone is yet to be launched.
The event in China was conducted to show the new foldable display, which seems promising given the technology involved. According to the officials, the display panel withstood 200,000+ bends without showing any sign of damage. This display has nearly 100 micro-nano materials to improve the strain recovery and “layer peeling” which is the bubbles and creases that user will feel when the phone is unfolded.
Royale claims that the new Cicada Wing will have 1.3x better colour gamut and 500x better contrast than a high-end LCD panel. It comes with a custom-designed display driver integrated circuit chip. The display can be folded in multiple directions or even rolled according to the company. They also promise the screen will be lasting and will not show signs of damage for a longer time.
Liu hinted at a possible launch date of Q2 2020 during a showcase event. The company has signed a partnership contract with ZTE. It is unclear what the partnership is about, but we might be able to see a foldable phone from ZTE based on Flexpai 2.