Compared to its competitors, Royole has once again valued its phone-tablet hybrid rather aggressively. In China, Huawei̵
In the same event, Liu finally shared the detailed specifications of the FlexPai 2. Just to recap, we already knew about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 7.8-inch (1,920 x 1,440) display, four cameras and stereo speakers. Once folded, you can use the 5.5-inch (1,440 x 900) “main” screen that offers shortcut buttons along the hinge, or switch to the smaller 5.4-inch (1,440 x 810) side with the cameras next door.
By the way, we finally have the camera specs: there’s a 64-megapixel f / 1.89 main camera, a 16-megapixel f / 2.2 ultra wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel f / 2.4 telephoto camera (3x zoom) and a 32-megapixel f / 2.0 portrait camera. Just like its predecessor, FlexPai 2’s camera app offers a dual-screen photography mode that allows the subject to see themselves in the secondary screen.
A touchpad located under the cameras was also revealed today. This can be used to wake the display with a double-tap in standby, and when using apps, a double-tap activates split screen mode with up to three screens, thanks to Royole’s Android 10-based waterOS 2.0.
The rest of the new specs include the 4,450mAh battery (a bump from the previous 3,970mAh), the thicknesses of 6.3mm and 12.8mm when opened and closed, respectively, the weight of 339 grams (about 12 ounces) and 5G bands – these seem to be mostly pro China and Europe.
Liu also announced that FlexPai 2’s third generation Cicada Wing FFD (Fully Flexible Display) turns out to be more durable than expected. The panel was originally tested to last over 200,000 curves, which is the benchmark for the latest foldable phones. However, with the help of the Chinese National Institute of Metrology, this panel is now certified to last over 1.8 million curves. It will be interesting to see how Samsung responds to this figure.
The foldable phone race has been going on for at least three years, but due to various manufacturing hurdles, there are still only a few contenders, with Samsung, Motorola, Huawei and Royole being the only brands available in this market right now. That said, it is unknown whether Royole will bring FlexPai 2 to other markets. And even if you buy an imported version, chances are you still can’t side-load Google services into the unit, as is the case with the original FlexPai.
There are also those who believe other form factors are the way to go, with LG offering a flip-up secondary screen as a cheaper alternative, along with the newer swivel screen and potentially a sliding screen in the near future. At the end of the day, it’s always good to have more options in the consumer market.