Bend it, wear it, watch it – flexible screens hit tech fair

BARCELONA, SPAIN (FEBRUARY 26, 2019) (REUTERS) – The first foldable phone available on the market, hats and handbags featuring bendable screens and a display that is thinner than a sheet of paper are some of the star products presented by technology company Royole at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Royole, a Chinese display making start-up, beat Samsung and Huawei to the market by unveiling its foldable Android phone with a 7.8 inch screen, priced from around $1,300 in late 2018.

Foldable phones promise the screen of a small tablet in a pocket-sized device.

“The FlexPai, the first foldable phone on the market, it’s right here in the booth at MWC. People can touch it, people can play with it. It’s the first foldable phone available for the public out there,” said Robert Thomas, Product and Operations Manager of Royole Europe, at the brand’s stand at the annual tech fair.

Among the products showcased by the company in Barcelona are a top hat with a bendable screen, which features a media player that enables users to stream their content in full colour. The hat and t-shirts featuring the same technology are already available for purchase online, Thomas said.

Royole has also developed a full-colour, ultra-thin display that according to Thomas is thinner than paper. With a thickness of just 0.01 millimetres and a total resolution of 1920×1440, the liquid and shock resistant display is made of a plastic material with a bending radius of 1.0 millimetres, which allows it to be folded in almost any possible way.

Royole, which was created in 2012 in Fremont, California, United States, with headquarters in Shenzhen, China, has also partnered Airbus to develop flexible electronic technology for aeronautics.

Associated Links

  • Royole
  • Samsung Elec
  • Royole Europe
  • Huawei Tech
  • Airbus NL
  • Mobile World Congress
  • Wireless
  • Barcelona
  • Telecommunications
  • Display technology
  • Electronic engineering
  • Flexible electronics

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