Royole focuses on making
flexible OLED that will eventually find its way into clothing, signage, VR/AR,
smartphones and more. It was a surprise when it showed a real, able to be bought
now, 7.8” foldable smartphone called FlexPai.
We don’t have a lot of detail on the Royole FlexPai
Can be used as a tablet or as three separate
areas – primary screen (16:9m 810 x 1440), back screen (18:9, 720 x 1440) and middle
edge (21:6, 390 x 1400)
Runs a fork of Android 9 called Water OS to take advantage of the screen real estate
16 and 20MP camera, f/1.8, OIS, HDR, flash
Qualcomm 8XX, eight-core, 2.8GHz SoC
6 or 8GB, 128 or 256GB and micro-SD storage to
Dual sim both with 4G
3,800mAh battery and USB-C 5V/5A fast charger
You can buy the developers edition (6/128GB) now at US$1,588
although we would caution you against that until you know if it supports Australian
GadgetGuy’s take: Bring on flexible devices
Smartphones have become the primary on-ramp to the internet,
especially in Asia. Yet I find that more
and more I am using the generous 6.3” Huawei mate 20 Pro for my daily internet
This is an interesting device from a company that Huawei has a heavy investment in. Royole will supply Huawei with a foldable screen for its new 5G device. (artists render above). OPPO is also a substantial investor in Royole, and its foldable phone is expected later this year too.
Samsung is also readying the Galaxy F, and although it is expected to announce it to
developers soon, we won’t see in the shops any time soon.
That is because app developers and web designers will need time
to add new screen formats to make the best use of the new screen real estate.