Sometime around March, users got a glance at Royole’s FlexiPai 2 – considered to be a next-generation smartphone. The FlexiPai 2 works on 5G networks. However, the most important aspect here is its latest OLED panel, which sits atop its flexible screen that is pointing outwards. The latest OLED panel is equipped with a better bend radius, improved functioning of the display screen. Also, not much creasing will be found on the screen.
The FlexiPai 2 was supposed to arrive sometime during the second quarter of 2020 as per the original schedule. Unfortunately, that did not happen. However, the device is finally arriving today.
A live streaming event organized by Royole today saw CEO Bill Liu making an official announcement about FlexiPai 2. Users interested in checking out this smartphone may do so at Royole’s website, starting 10 AM China time September 25 onwards.
The smartphone model comes in two variations. Amongst these, one of them is a base model having 8GB RAM and 256GB memory. This one costs 9,988 yuan, equivalent to $1,440. Another variation of this phone comes with a higher memory and storage space. The higher-end model of FlexiPai 2 has 128GB RAM and 512GB storage and costs 11,588 yuan (equivalent to $1710). However, currently, this model is not available. It is expected to arrive after some time.
According to sources phone would be coming in three colors-Cosmic Gray, Midnight Black, and Sunrise Gold. As far as the phone pricing is concerned, Royole FlexiPai 2 is more affordable than Huawei’s Mate Xs. Interestingly, the latter is also equipped with an outward-facing flexible screen, just like the FlexiPai 2. However, there is an enormous difference in the prices of both these phones. In China, Mate Xs is priced at 16, 999 yuan ($2,510), which is even costlier than the higher-end variation of FlexiPad 2. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is costing about $1,999 in the US, which is again costlier when compared to Royole’s FlexiPai 2.
Liu has also briefed about the other specifications of the smartphone. Like it was mentioned earlier, the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Other than this, the display screen is about 7.8 inches (1920×1440). The phone is equipped with quad-cameras and stereo speakers. When the phone is folded, users can use either the main screen of the phone or the smaller screen. The main phone screen measures about 5.5 inches in size (1440×900). This screen consists of shortcut buttons alongside the hinge. The smaller screen is about 5.4 inches (1440×810) in size. The cameras accompany this screen next to it.
The quad-camera setup consists of a 64-megapixel f/1.89 main camera. Apart from this, there is a 16-megapixel f/2.2 camera which can be used for wide-angle photography. Then there is an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera that can zoom to 3 times the original size. And finally, there is a 32-megapixel f/2.0 portrait camera. The camera app coming with this phone consists of the dual-photography mode, where the subjects can view themselves in the secondary screen.
There is also a touchpad that exists below the cameras. This touchpad can activate the phone display simply by double-tapping it when the phone drifts over to standby mode. When apps are being used, double-tapping the touchpad converts the split-screen mode to three screens. This effect is due to Royole’s Android 10-based waterOS 2.0.
The other specifications are as follows – a 4,450mAh battery, a phone thickness of about 6.3mm when opened and 12.8mm thickness when closed, a weight of about 339 gms, and 5G bands (which would mostly be functional in China and Europe).
The foldable-phone competition is getting stiffer in the smartphone market. However, so far, only a few brands are manufacturing these types of phones: Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, and Royole. One needs to wait and watch for a while to see whether Royole launches FlexiPai 2 in other markets as well.