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Earlier in 2020, the public learned a little about Royole’s second-generation phone, the flexible and 5G-capable FlexPai 2. Huawei Mate Xs owners might be familiar with this device’s form-factor. This smartphone’s outward-facing OLED flexible screen is using the latest technology available from the manufacturer. The new OLED screen features better display performance, an improved bend radius, and reduced creasing along the seam.
Bill Liu announced in a livestream that the FlexPai 2 is available today on Royole’s website. The entry-level FlexPai 2 has 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 256GB of NAND storage and will cost 9,988 (about $1,470). The higher-end model has 12GB LPDDR4 RAM and 512GB NAND storage and will cost 11,588 yuan ($1,710). It’s not available yet, though.
Royole’s phones have a low price. The Mate Xs costs 16,999 yuan ($2,510) in China. That’s a lot more than even the high-end version of the FlexPai 2. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 is $1,999 in the US. In the company’s domestic market, China, the Mate Xs will cost you 16,999 yuan ($2,510), which is quite a bit more than even the high-end version of the FlexPai 2. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 is $1,999 in the US.
Four cameras and a huge display
During the livestream, Liu went on to share some more details about the FlexPai 2. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC (System on Chip), a 1,920 x 1,440 7.8-inch display, two speakers and a quad camera module. The smartphone provides two screens to use when folded. You can use either the 5.5-inch main screen that has the shortcut buttons on the hinge, or you can use the smaller 5.4-inch display on the side.
More details have also emerged regarding the camera setup on this phone. The FlexPai 2 features a 64-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, an 8-megapixel camera with a telephoto lens that has a 3x optical zoom, and a 32-megapixel portrait camera. Like is predecessor, the FlexPai 2’s camera app features dual-screen photography which lets your subject see themselves on the secondary screen.
Below the cameras you can find touch-pad that you can use to wake the display by double tapping it. When you are using the phone, a double tap on the same touch-pad will toggle split screen mode with up to three screens. This thanks to Royale’s ‘waterOS’ that sits on top of Android 10, as Android itself doesn’t natively support that feature.
The device has a sizable 4,450mAh battery, and is only 12.8mm thick when its closed. When open, the FlexPai 2 is only 6.3mm thick. This smartphone tips the scales at just 339 grams (about 12 ounces) and it has support for 5G bands that appear to be mostly compatible with Chinese and European networks.
Also, the FlexPai 2’s 3rd-generation Cicada Wing FFD (Fully Flexible Display) is actually unusually durable. The flexible panel was rated for just over 200,000 bends, which is pretty good for the fold-able phones sector. In reality, however, China’s National Institute of Meteorology certified this panel to last for up to 1.8 million bends. So, we think it’s going to be quite interesting to see just how Samsung responds to that.
For the last several years, several brands have tried to make a decent foldable phone. Due to various manufacturing and supply-chain hurdles, however, there are very free foldable-phone producers. Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and Royole are the only four companies that have fold-able phones for consumers to choose from at the moment. Also, there’s no official word yet on whether or not Royole will be bringing the FlexPai 2 to the US market. It’s important to remember that if you buy an imported version, you probably wont be able to use Googles services on the device, officially. This was the case with the first FlexPai.
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