Compared to its competitors, Royole has again rated its phone-tablet hybrid quite aggressively. In China, the Huawei Mate Xs, which also uses an outward-facing flexible screen, costs 1
In the same case, Liu eventually shared detailed specifications of the FlexPai 2. To recap, we already knew about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 7.8-inch (1,920 x 1,440) display, quad cameras, and stereo speakers. When folded, you can either use the 5.5-inch main screen (1,440 x 900), which offers keyboard shortcuts along the hinge, or switch to the smaller 5.4-inch side (1,440 x 810) with the cameras next to it.
Speaking of which, we finally have the camera specs: there’s a 64-megapixel 1: 1.89 main camera, a 16-megapixel 1: 2.2 ultra-wide camera, an 8-megapixel 1: 2 , 4-telephoto camera (3x zoom) and a 32-megakixel camera, megapixel f / 2.0 portrait camera. Similar to its predecessor, the FlexPai 2’s camera app offers a two-screen photo mode that allows your subject to see itself on the secondary screen.
A touchpad under the cameras was also unveiled today. This can be used to wake up the display by tapping twice while in standby mode. If you’re using apps, you can toggle split screen mode with up to three screens with a double tap, thanks to Royole’s Android 10-based waterOS 2.0.
The rest of the new specs include the 4,450 mAh battery (a bump over the previous 3,970 mAh), the 6.3 mm and 12.8 mm thickness when opened and closed, the 339 gram weight (around 12 ounces) and the 5G bands – these seem to be mostly China and Europe friendly.
Liu also announced that the third generation Cicada Wing FFD (Fully Flexible Display) of the FlexPai 2 is proving to be more durable than expected. The panel was originally tested to last over 200,000 curves. This is the benchmark for the latest foldable phones. With the help of the National Institutes of Metrology in China, this panel is now certified for a service life of over 1.8 million curves. It will be interesting to see how Samsung reacts to this number.
The race for foldable phones lasts at least three years, but due to various hurdles to manufacture, there are still few competitors with Samsung, Motorola, Huawei and Royole being the only brands in this market right now. However, there is no word on whether Royole will bring the FlexPai 2 to other markets. And even if you buy an imported version, you probably won’t be able to sideload Google services into the device – as you can with the original FlexPai.
There are also those who believe other form factors are the way to go, as LG has a clip-on secondary screen as a cheaper alternative, along with the newer twist-swivel screen and possibly a pull-out screen in the near future. In the end, it’s always good to have more options in the consumer market.