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Can a Folding Phone Bend Both Ways?! – Bend Test!

Can a Folding Phone Bend Both Ways?! – Bend Test!


Have you ever thought to yourself ‘I totally
wish my phone could fold in half’? If so, join the club. And if not, now all the wildest dreams you’ve
never had are coming true with the world’s first foldable phone you can actually buy. It’s called the FlexPai from a company called
Royole. It’s literally the first phone with a foldable
screen that’s commercially available. Yeah, Samsung did have one once upon a time,
but they still haven’t gotten around to actually releasing the Galaxy Fold yet. So I’ll believe it when I see it and can actually
buy one. Inside the box is whatever this is. And here is the FlexPai with some instructions
on how to fold and unfold the phone written on the outer covering. Honestly, I think it looks pretty cool. It feels solid and heavy. I held one of these for the first time at
CES this year. But obviously, since that was a demo unit
and not my own personal device, I wasn’t going to try to see what happens when it’s bent
both directions. Today though, this one here is all mine, and
there’s no one here to stop us. Let’s get started. [Intro] Right out of the box there are some confidence
diminishing instructions that flash across the screen, like ‘only charge the phone with
the device unfolded.’ And then look here at this massive list of
instructions: don’t drop it, keep the surface dry and clean, please avoid sharp or pointed
objects….uh huh, got it, sure thing. And right below that, it keeps going on to
say no screen protectors are allowed, and the phone can’t be opened if the temperature
is below freezing. It also looks like the side of the phone is
super magnetic. This is going to be fun. Opening and closing the phone automatically
changes how the apps are displayed on the screen. Magnets are the thing that holds the phone
shut in the closed position with a very satisfyingly hard click. The magnets will definitely keep the phone
from flopping open on its own. The hinge of the phone here in the center
is covered with a very dark blue rubberish material and held in place by a series of
hex screws. It takes up a good portion of the back panel
real estate. It looks like one of those wrinkly dogs, or
even a slinky that can be bent back and forth. Good luck slapping a dbrand skin on this one. When it does snap closed, it leaves just enough
room inside for a pencil to clip into the gap between the back halves. Might be a perfect spot for a future stylus…just
saying. The two back panels have a subtle shimmer
that we see on most smartphones these days – low key, and it doesn’t really draw attention
to itself…well, besides the fact that it folds in half. That’s a minor detail of course. You can see how reflective and shiny the screen
is as well. The scratch test is going to be super interesting. The weird thing to me though is that the screen
is always going to be exposed on the outside of the phone – always. The whole thing is just there…vulnerable. The whole system functions like an Android
tablet, but then has the ability to fold closed to be the size of a phone. It also has memory enough to remember which
app was open on which side of the phone each time you flip it around. It also has a little center options bar in
the fold of the phone. Honestly, it looks pretty slick. Yeah, the thing is a bit thick, but if it’s
durable, I could totally see myself using one of these. Trying to think of logical reasons of why
I would actually ever need a foldable phone though. It would probably mostly be just watching
movies and YouTube since, you know, I spend a lot of time on YouTube. This Flexi-boy can watch videos in full screen
mode while the phone is folded. And it can also watch full screen videos in
the unfolded mode. Honestly, pretty darn cool. A company called Asurion did a study one time
and found that people check their phones on average about 80 times a day. And judging by the amount of people I see
texting and driving, I believe that number. Royole says on their website that this phone
is good for over 200,000 folds. So if we’re unfolding this FlexPai 80 times
a day, under perfect conditions of course, this phone would last almost 7 whole years. That’s pretty fantastic considering that the
Galaxy fold lasted about 7 whole days. Remember this thing is available to buy right
now for a cool $1,300 dollars. Let’s see what we get for that. Inside the box we get a SIM card removal tool
and a microfiber cloth, some USB-C braided headphones, and a USB-C power cable, and a
branded power brick. There’s no case or screen protectors inside
the box. That’s interesting. Now that we know everything is working properly,
let’s start with the scratch test. Knowing what we know about the laws of physics,
it’s pretty safe to say that the screen is not going to be made from glass, since glass
is glass and glass does not bend. The surface of the FlexPai has to be made
from a flexible optically clear plastic. The hardness level of that plastic though
is up for debate. In this particular case we see that the level
2 pick leaves no marks on the screen. But the level 3 pick, as it’s applied to the
surface of the flattened phone, starts leaving indented grooves all along the whole surface
of the display. This is why there were warnings when I first
turned on the phone. The FlexPai gets permanently damaged at a
very soft Mohs level 3. This is the main reason having a screen on
the outside of the fold is a bad idea. When it’s in your pocket, both sides of the
screen are rubbing up against the sides of your pocket. And again, when it’s folded on a table, one
screen side will always be touching something hard. There is no safe zone. Watch as my fingernail can also damage the
screen permanently. This thing is going to get pretty wrecked
with every day use – especially since screen protectors are not allowed. Samsung’s implementation of having the screen
fold up inside the phone is hypothetically the better of the two methods since the closed
fold protects the plastic screen. But, you know, their phone also only lasted
a week. So you win some, and you lose some. Checking out the top of the FlexPai, moving
from the plastic layer up to the top panel, there’s a definite ridge. And that panel is made from glass. My razor is doing no damage to the surface
of that at least. The internal magnet is also pulling my razor
all over the place. Even holding up my pry tool with its own magical
magnetic strength. It’s super strong. Probably because that hinge won’t let the
phone stay closed without it. A little trick I learned from Marquez with
this magnet paper. We can see the large rectangular magnet right
dead center inside the glass panel. We can also see the two bottom loud speakers
in the center of each half. And over there in the bottom corner is the
vibration motor, also made from magnets. There’s another large rectangular magnet on
the other side of the phone that will keep things shut. Pretty darn cool. We’ll take a look at the insides of the FlexPai
during the teardown…you know, if it survives the rest of this durability test. There is a dual tone LED flash alongside the
dual camera lenses. A 16 megapixel normal camera is paired up
with a 20 megapixel telephoto camera. No complaints here. Having multiple cameras that offer different
perspectives is really the way to go. That’s one of the things I’m looking forward
to when I finally upgrade my personal Galaxy S8 Plus. With so many sides to analyze, this might
take a minute. The bottom right quadrant has a loudspeaker
grill. The bottom has the power button, volume up
button, fingerprint scanner, and the volume down button, in that exact order. The fingerprint scanner chilling here in the
middle is in a weird spot, but I’m not judging. Even after scratching up the surface of the
scanner, it was still able to read and recognize my fingerprint nearly every single time. The bottom left quadrant has a whole lot of
nothing…except more metal. The hinge portion is where things start to
get interesting, and we’ll talk more about this in a second. But Royole has literally trademarked the name
Cicada Wing as the name for this thing. True story: a cicada is a super gross bug,
and I have no idea why in the world they would choose that to brand their phone with. I give Apple a hard time about a lot of things,
but at least they don’t name their phone parts after bugs. The rubber portion has little air pockets
in it to allow the flexing between the hinge segments. The rubber wrinkles sit over the little voids
in the hinge…kind of like when Grandma pulls your cheek. It’s all kinds of squishy. The top left quadrant has more metal, along
with a USB-C charging port and a SIM card tray. It’s really nice of Royole to include an SD
card slot. Adding movies and media to the large screen
will be super easy. The top of the phone has more metal and a
few plastic antenna lines. Honestly, the more I see, the more I like. It’s a really super fun phone. Checking the back panels where we would normally
see glass, this Flexi-boy has large plastic rectangles. The phone is heavy enough that initially I
thought the panels were made of glass, but it is not. My razor blade’s making short work of the
surface which is actually really good news for us because now I get to tell you more
about this vial little cicada bug that Royole is so proudly naming their phone after. No, I don’t care about most bugs…they don’t
bother me, I don’t bother them. But cicadas are in a realm all of their own. These cousins of crickets swarm out of ground
every 13 years. Then they shed their crunchy potato chip skin
like a snake, grow wings on either side of their body, and then cicadas make an incredibly
loud incessant noise by vibrating membranes on their abdomen. [Cicada sounds] That’s more annoying than
any sound I’ve ever made. Then the cicadas go lay their eggs in tree
branches, which kills the branch, making it fall to the ground where the baby bugs can
crawl out into the ground and wait for another 13 years before they can pop out and start
the whole process all over again. This is a true story. The cicada wings are slightly separated from
one another like the folds of this phone, so I can kind of see why they’re named after
each other. But still…gross. The bug should be burned. Nailed that transition. The 7.8 inch 1920 x 1440 flexible display
lasted about 5 seconds under the heat from my flame. The screen is so thin there’s no insulating
layer over the pixels to absorb the heat like we see on glass phones. The flame directly burns the pixels, literally
destroying them to the point of no return in 5 seconds. Makes me wonder if impacts or pressure points
might do the same to individual pixels, especially since if the folded phone accidentally drops,
no matter how it falls, it’s going to hit the screen area. It’ll be interesting to see how this phone
progresses into the wild as more people own it. Now it’s time for the bend test. When bending from the front, we get a nice
uniform fold along the center of the device, with a satisfying click at the end as the
magnets latch together. The screen still rotates to face whatever
side is active at the moment. Opening the phone up, we see no permanent
kinks or cracks in the frame, thankfully, or this would be pretty awkward since that’s
the way the phone’s supposed to bend. Alright, here’s a few more times now, and
you know, just from the front because I’m kind of legit nervous and I feel pretty bad
about what might happen next. I’ve been curious if a tight pants pocket
might be able to collapse or crush the folded phone since it has the large gap in the frame. It’s kind of just asking for trouble. With a full palm grip and 100% effort trying
to crush the phone single handedly – nothing happens. The hinge is intact and the phone is still
totally operational. The hardware is going to be uncrushable by
the pocket of your skinny jeans. My fingers do not hurt the pixels either,
so I’m glad for that. But what happens if the phone is laid flat
and grandma sits on it? Well, to be honest, it actually flexes quite
a bit in the wrong direction with no damage. Going from the flat 180 degrees all the way
to a 270 degree three-quarter circle before the hinge finally snapped in half, breaking
at two points. But the phone itself is still turned on and
functional, even after bending in the complete opposite and wrong direction. The FlexPai swings both ways. Even with that crack in the hinge, it still
folds shut normally. And then when bending back out the wrong direction
again, we can see how paper thin the display really is. Royole is currently putting the same display
technology on t-shirts and hats for about $900 each. I do think we gotta be honest here for a second. This thing is lasting a lot longer than we
all thought it would. Look how tight this fold gets. Flexible screen technology is pretty amazing. I can literally bend this FlexPai any way
I want and it’s still functioning. My mind is blown. I don’t even really know what to do with myself
right now. This thing survived longer than the iPad Pro. Thumbs up for that. Royole might have just single-handedly made
my bend test irrelevant with this invincible foldable display…well, until this happened
anyway. One wrong fold at an angle pinched the screen
in a way that finally cracked it right down the center. Apparently the display can only be folded
along one plane, which makes sense. The structure of the phone hinge got demolished
in the first bend, so there wasn’t anything there to support the screen from behind. The large gentle curve of that hinge made
each folding movement easier on the screen. Even though we’ve seen the display can handle
much tighter creases, having that gentle fold I’m sure preserves longevity. That one long crack along the center finally
did kill the touch sensitivity of the phone as well. But either way, the Royole FlexPai put up
a really good fight and I’m downright impressed. I’m a huge fan of this new flexible innovation. Even now in the beginning stages, where it’s
not totally useful, I think that with normal use, the FlexPai will probably last for quite
a while. It almost even won this round. And even though the phone ended up dead, I
think we should have a moment of silence for the world’s first foldable phone. [Cicada sounds] Do you see yourself using a foldable phone
in the future? Also, should we perform an autopsy on the
FlexPai to see the insides? Let me know down in the comments. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “Can a Folding Phone Bend Both Ways?! – Bend Test!”

  1. why are so many scratchable finger print scanners when xiaomi's which are quite cheap have all whats seems to be ceramic finger print readers (which are both impervious and work well even in mid range phones)

  2. I really don't understand this weird designs, we really don't need this type of phone, we are okay with our full screen phones

  3. When your trying to deliberately destroy any kind products during test then no one survive. Even i want to kicking on your ass and throwing out from my office.
    You are sick minded person

  4. Slowly dies inside, like can u actually buy me a acer nitro five for college cause im broke😮 sigh i wanna game and still do college stuff

  5. I think this technology would be more useful for tablets that can fold up to protect the screen and be easier to carry around rather than for phones

  6. 8:57 jerry says "that's the most annoying sound I have ever made "

    But he makes the worst sounds ever when he scraches the phone sides LOL

  7. Said many times flexible display is cool but gimmicky. Since you can't fix a glass over it is no material existed that is both scratch resistant and flexible. I won't be buying it.

    Even Samsung inward folding wont make a difference since micro particle that landed on the screen will easily scratch when you swipe the display

  8. The paper thin flexible screen technology is amazing👍. As for the practicality of this device, I can't see myself using one. It's too bulky and vulnerable. What they should really focus on is a phone(not folding) that doesn't shatter the first time you drop it.

  9. to me the softness of the plastic screen is a deal breaker.. i know it has to be that way or it wont bend but semy shint screen with gooves/scratches is not nice. and without a screenprotection it will happen

  10. It would be great if you guys could go subscribe to my channel it will be a gaming channel but I just started

  11. My face when he scratched it up can’t decide whether it’s in pain because of the amount of money he’s wasting or the sound

  12. If you have screen protection the phone, then its logical that you can't fold the phone anymore because the protection is preventing it 🤔 same with a cover too I guess

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