Royole  Flexpai was the first foldable smartphone launched towards the end of 2018, way ahead of its more popular competitors Samsung or Huawei, though it is not quite popular because it decided to stick to the Chinese market. The company, however, launched an upgrade, a redefined smartphone the new Royale FlexPai 2 with a 180-degree folding display, 5G connectivity, Snapdragon 865 chipset, and Android 10 Operating System.

The phone doesn’t look much different from the first FlexPai but features Royole’s third-generation Cicada Wing display. According to the company, the new flexible display can withstand more than 1.8 million bends. It also promises improvements in brightness, contrast, and response time compared to the second-gen Cicada Wing display featured on the OG FlexPai.

The Royole FlexPai 2 brings with it an improved display boasting higher brightness levels and a wider color gamut, as well as better touch response. The phone also gets a speed boost over its predecessor, courtesy of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.

Royole FlexPai 2 Key Features and Specs

  • 7.8-inches – unfolded Screen
  • 5.5-inches Main folded Screen
  • 5.4-inches Secondary folded Screen
  • 1,920 x 1,440 resolution.
  • Four Camera- 64MP +  16MP +  8MP + 32MP
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset
  • 5G connectivity
  • 4,450 mAh battery
  • Android 10
Royole FlexPai 2

Design and Display

Royole FlexPai 2 comes with an improved hinge mechanism, which apparently has been tested to withstand over 1.8 million folds. It is also 40% thinner than the original and measures in at 6.3mm thick. That’s slightly thinner than Samsung’s 6.9mm thickness, but not as slim as Huawei’s 5.44mm handset. 

Unlike the other phones, the FlexPai 2 folds outwards instead of inwards which means the main screen is constantly exposed, hence, you will need to buy a screen protector and a case to protect the screen. Flexpai 2 panel brings a dual-screen smartphone when the hinge is at 180 degrees. The company calls its technology Cicada Wing 3S and it is “mirror-like smooth”, no creases whatsoever after over 1,8 million folds.

The Royole FlexPai 2’s display measures 7.8-inches when unfolded with a 4:3 aspect ratio and while folded, the main screen measures 5.5-inches with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and the secondary display measures 5.4-inches with a 16:10 ratio. When in tablet mode, the FlexPai 2’s display has a 1,920 x 1,440 resolution. Once you fold it into half, the primary screen has a 1,440 x 900 resolution, whereas the secondary screen has a 1,440 x 810 resolution. The phone folds outwards, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Camera

The Royole FlexPai 2 comes with four cameras on the left-hand side. The top one is 16 MP ultra-wide-angle shooter with 116-degree FoV, followed by an 8 MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, then there is the main 64 MP shooter with f/1.9 aperture, 6P lens, and 1/1.72” sensor behind. The fourth camera is a 32 MP dedicated portrait lens for selfie shots, though all four cameras are facing you.

Much like its predecessor, the FlexPai 2’s camera app offers a dual-screen photography mode which lets your subject see himself or herself in the secondary screen.

Performance

The Royole FlexPai 2 comes with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, which should give it top-end processing power, and it’s 5G compatible too. There are also two memory and storage options: 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and 12GB RAM and 512GB storage.

The phone runs Android 10, with Royole’s WaterOS laid over the top. This waterOS 2 software allows the device to intelligently split apps across the display if you don’t want to run them full screen, and it supports drag and drop between apps for enhanced multitasking experience.

As for battery life, the phone has a 4,450mAh battery, which can last a day. There is also an 18W fast charging technology, which isn’t exactly fast but should be fine for powering up the phone overnight.

Above all, the Royole FlexPai 2 is available in Black, silver, and gold colour and now on sale for 9,988 Chinese Yuan equivalent to 570,000 in Naira which is cheaper than the Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 price for $1,999 – 775,000 Naira and Huawei’s Mate Xs for $2,510 – 972,000 Naira.

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