Royole Flexpai 2019
In the Mobile World Congress 2019 all the letters of the different companies were shown for the next months, but something that has been a trend eclipsing the rest: it is “the thing about flexible mobiles.”
It is something revolutionary because of the strange thing that still seems to us that there are flexible screens that do not break when if our phone if it falls most mistakenly, it breaks into a thousand pieces. However, there they were, with the Huawei Mate X in the lead, the Galaxy Fold behind a showcase, the prototypes of TCL and applications such as Nubia.
However, none of those devices, except Nubia, could be touched. Of course, hidden was the only “real” flexible phone that exists right now, the Royole Flexpai. And yes, we have the first impressions of Royole’s flexible mobile.
By specifications, we have the latest technology (except the 5G that does mount the Huawei terminal). Snapdragon 855, which is the most powerful processor, rivaling the Apple A12, two cameras of 20 and 16 megapixels with telephoto or a screen of up to 7.8 ” with the resolution of 1,920 x 1,440 pixels.
However, it is an example that power without control is useless and that reaching the first has its consequences, both positive and negative. Next, we go with our impressions of the Royole Flexpai, a flexible phone that you can already buy … if you are extremely brave and you have 1,400 euros in your pocket.
What is the Royole Flexpai?
First of all, what is Royole Flexpai? When everyone talked about LG (logically, although in the end, it was not like that with the LG V50 ThinQ ) and Samsung as the first to bring the flexible mobile phone, which was joined by Xiaomi and Huawei, Royole took off the sleeve flexible mobile first, and almost at the time of announcing it … put it on sale.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 needs no introduction. It is the highest-end processor currently, an SoC that mounts the US version of the Galaxy S10, the Xiaomi Mi 9 or the new Mi Mix 3, among others. We are faced with eight cores of up to 2.84 GB that is accompanied by 6 or 8 GB of RAM.
7,8 ”, 4: 3
Resolution 1,920 x 1,440, 308 ppi
|RAM||6 GB / 8 GB|
|Storage||128 GB / 256 GB
Expandable by microSD
|Cameras||16 Mpx + 20 Mpx f / 1.8|
9 V / 2 A charger
|Dimensions and weight||138 x 190.3 x 7.6 (without folding)
|Price||From 1,388 euros|
However, the important thing is the screen, since it is a panel of up to 7.8 ” AMOLED with a resolution of up to 1,920 x 1,440. In this sense, we have 308 pixels per inch, which is not bad in that size, and which is on par with some of the most advanced mobile in this regard.
The format, in addition, is 3: 2, so it is a mobile that is comfortable to consume content to split screen, one of the main features of this terminal. In the end, flexibility is the main feature of a device that allows you to have a tablet in your pocket, although it has a price, and not economic.
The problems of software, and hardware, of flexible phones
Now, after reviewing its main features, we go with our impressions of the Royole Flexpai. As we said, this is the first functional flexible phone that is for sale, and that has a price.
Reaching the first one makes you gain notoriety (did anyone know the Royole brand?), But it also makes you bear a great responsibility. If the terminal is good, interest increases. If not, it diminishes it, harming other brands.
And, really, after trying the Royole Flexpai we look, at least, I look, with suspicion, the flexible mobiles. The first thing that stands out about the Royole Flexpai is the thickness, like four mobile phones attached when folded.
It is nice to say that it has a thickness of 7.6 millimeters, but really that is from each of the two body parts, not counting the hinge and the enormous space that remains between the two ” bodies ” when folded. In fact, it gives ” respect ” to put the terminal in your pocket.
The options of Samsung and Huawei (the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X) do not have that hinge, giving more security in this sense, but it is clear that whoever opts for a “book” style hinge-like Royole, will have to prove his durability.
Handling the phone with one hand is complicated, both folded and unfolded, as both thickness in one case and size in another, we need both hands to have the best experience.
Before finishing with the hardware, touch stop on the hinge. It is a construction that has a rubber coating. It is functional, but it does not give the sensation of being premium and, of course, we can not assure how long it will take to dry out and crack.
Now, what about the screen? Royole has several screens that fold, being a company specialized in this field, and it achieves it thanks to a panel PAMOLED , or what is the same, Plastic AMOLED.
It is a plastic panel that does not break like glass, but which is easier to scratch than glass, although it resists shock, as we could see first-hand. It is strange to put your hands on it, because when we press, we notice that the finger sinks a little (nothing alarming) and, in addition, there are shines on the screen caused by the ” waves ” that the plastic produces.
In this sense, we also do not get a premium sensation, since the crystal, whether we want it or not, is more or less fragile, it does transmit that feeling of robustness. Oh! In addition, when it is displayed, there is no “click” to indicate it, and the screen is not completely straight. And we can not say that the software has left us with a good taste.
To control these screens, it is necessary that there is a very polished software that changes without problems between the different modes of the phone. The Royole Flexpai has the folded screen mode and extended screen, but also with a side zone (when folded) for notifications, such as the Galaxy Edge in its day, and the option of putting the mobile in mode ” tent ” with information on both screens.
That is, in total, and in practice, we have three screens, and the software is not optimized for it. It is a mess to fold the terminal because we never know how to hold it first, or where the information will go, and although there are some software options to adjust the experience, the truth is that it takes a quite large adaptation time.
It is not an intuitive phone, it does not transmit a premium sensation and we have serious doubts about what it will hold in your pocket, but … everything is bad? Not much less.
Not everything was going to be bad, and there are interesting things
There are also things that we liked about the Royole Flexpai. One we have already mentioned, and it is the resistance of the terminal before the blows directly on the screen. As they told us in the stand of the company, the CEO of the company ” enjoys ” pulling the mobile phone to the ground to check its resistance.
At the software level, there is much to do, but it is clear that there are interesting things, such as the different ways of consuming content and, in addition, being able to carry in a bag (because it is too thick for a pocket) a screen of almost 8 ‘ ‘
The color treatment is good and the performance, too (performance opening and moving applications, not the software to manage the system). The split screen mode is also interesting, and on a practical level, I easily imagine ” consuming ” notifications on the edge screen.
In addition, the feeling of writing is very good when the screen is folded and we hold the terminal horizontally, since that small inclination due to the thickness of the hinge, is quite satisfactory.
Are the future foldable phones? You can, but you have development ahead
As we said in these impressions of the Royole Flexpai, being the first has its bad … and good things, and it is clear that the feeling is that it has gone to the market before time, just to get ahead of the competition and, in the end, position a brand.
Why not say it, ” cool ” have a folding phone in your hands , and although the first two times you close it carefully, thinking that it will break, when you have it for a few minutes between hands you begin to treat it with less care, in a use that is closer to what we do on a day-to-day basis.
Samsung has confirmed that it will not sell the Galaxy Fold on a large scale and that it will be a rather exclusive terminal, and the truth is that we understand why there might not be demonstration units in stores.
Companies must ensure that everything works perfectly, since a software failure is not understood, at the user level, as something that can be solved, but as a ” does not work ”. If a user on foot, not a lover of technology, fret with the Royole Flexpai, as the interface takes three jumps to adapt to the position of the mobile feels that something is not going well, causing rejection.
In the end, the first impressions of Royole Flexpai tell us that, beyond design (which is very important), the software is fundamental. We have checked that they do not crack due to bending, and that’s fine, but now it’s time we do not feel uncomfortable using the phone.
That’s software, more software … and a little more software. It is in the hands of designers, and although the first impression and the contact with the future of mobile phones have not been entirely good, we are sure that giants such as Samsung and Huawei will have these little mistakes when they launch their respective terminals.