Chinese phone-maker Royole put itself on the map when it beat Samsung and Huawei to the punch in releasing the world’s first foldable phone last year. Never mind that it was a spectacular failure. Today, the company launched a next-generation version of that phone, the Flexpai 2, during an online event streamed from Shenzhen, China.
Royole’s latest foldable, which opens and shuts like a book, extends into a 7.8-inch screen when its outward-facing flexible screen is unfurled. It also has the newest Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 4,450-mAh battery and a quad-camera module. Its 5G capability has nine different bands covering regions including the US, Europe and China, according to Bill Liu, CEO of Royole.
The Flexpai 2 has a 40% thinner and lighter design than its predecessor, Liu said.