It wasn’t Samsung. Neither does Huawei. To everyone’s surprise, it was called an unknown Chinese company Royole the one responsible for giving the starting weapon to them Foldable smartphones with your Royole FlexPai and unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, it can currently be bought.
While it probably won’t be the most popular device of 2019, it won’t make it into the either above the best folding phones, Yes, it will be remembered for being the first of its kind to hit the marketThis marks the beginning of a new stage in the mobile communications market, which many other brands want to join from this year.
Be it the Royole model or one of the others to come, one of the main concerns of potential buyers regarding these devices is its durability. While it is too early to predict how the components that bring these terminals to life will age, it is well known youtuber JerryRigEverything didn’t want to wait and decided to do his Strange resistance test for the first folding mobile on the market.
How strong is a folding mobile? The Royole FlexPai for the test
As soon as the device is switched on for the first time, a panel Warnings already indicates that the device is not as resistant to damage as a conventional smartphone. And is not for less. In the end, Your screen is exposed at all times because the device chooses a format similar to that of the Huawei Mate X so that the screen can be folded outwards. In addition, the panel is only protected by a thin plastic film, which makes the screen one of the weakest components of the FlexPai.
And it didn’t take us long to realize that it actually is. The plastic plate can also be easily scratched with a fingernailand leave lasting traces that make us think of the disaster that objects such as coins, keys or sand can cause if they are in the same pocket next to the device. It’s also pertinent to note that the Royole model isn’t the only one that uses plastic wrap to protect the OLED panel. Both the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X also contain it.
As for the rest of the device, we find Aluminum and plastic as manufacturing materialsForming a chassis connected by a Hinge in its middle part, exposed, but covered by a rubber sheet. By applying pressure to the mechanism in its “original” form, ie bending the screen as it is intended to be bent, no problems arise, even if more force than normal is exerted. Now if you apply the same pressure but bend the screen outwards:
The hinge that allows the device screen to collapse it breaks in twoThis does not seem to affect the operation of the smartphone – until the screen stops working from one moment to the next – but it shows that its foldability is only guaranteed to the outside.
It should come as no surprise that the durability of such a smartphone is lower than a traditional mobile phone. Ultimately, manufacturers have had to rely on technologies that haven’t advanced enough in development, and that won’t happen, if at all, until future editions reach the necessary level of maturity both in this and in another way. However, we are confident that at least the foldable terminals from Huawei and Samsung, not available yet this year, will be stronger than the pioneer model in this category that Royole launched earlier this year.
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