Some of the unique elements of FlexPai—aside from the obvious—include dual-sim support that can operate simultaneously, making the front and back of the folded phone two separate devices that are active at the same time; integrated 16MP and 20MP cameras that both sit on the screen side of the device; a Water OS that’s based on Android 9.0; and it’s built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. The screen, when folded out is a 7.8 inch tablet-sized display. When clamshelled, users get access to two different screen sizes with a 16:9 and 18:9 aspect ratio respectively. And, when folded, the curved edge isn’t just wasted screen real estate. Rather, it serves as an area where the user can receive notifications, which comes in handy when you have a emails coming in and don’t want the notifications to interrupt the viewing experience. As for durability, Royole said the device has a tested lifespan of more than 200,000 bends.
And while FlexPai left me impressed, what the phone really did was help to solidify what appears to be the mission for Royole moving forward. Listen, this isn’t a smartphone manufacturing company, and even with the launch of FlexPai they’re not out here trying to convince the world that they’re going to become world’s top smartphone seller anytime soon. Rather, Royole is demonstrating to the world the potential of the technology that’s at the heart of everything they do—flexible sensors and flexible displays. Those two things have the potential to really revolutionize product segments that wouldn’t even cross your mind. The brand detailed applications in the furniture space, with smart speakers, and more.
It’s not too big of a stretch to imagine that Royole someday more heavily pursues licensing deals to get their technology into more and more products and product categories. They’re already making their way down that path, announcing a major partnership this week with Airbus to bring their flexible tech into aircraft applications. I anticipate that that’s just the beginning of these kinds of announcements for Royole, and it’ll be interesting to see what other kinds of industries coming knocking, looking for a way to get their technology integrated into what they do.