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Worlds First Folding Phone Teardown! – Royole Flexpai

Worlds First Folding Phone Teardown! – Royole Flexpai


Today we’re going to open up the world’s first
folding phone that you can actually buy – the FlexPai. And we’re gonna see how it’s put together
from the inside. The hinge in the screen should both be pretty
interesting. Yeah, the Royole FlexPai did kind of break
during my durability test, but it did put up a fantastic fight and almost survived being
bent from both directions. Flexible AMOLED screens are much more durable
than we initially thought. Before we take apart the FlexPai though, I
want to show some tech that still turns on. Huge thanks to SimpliSafe for sponsoring this
video. [Device speaking] Welcome to SimpliSafe. [Zack] SimpliSafe is a surprisingly easy to
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system that keeps your home safe 24/7. If anything happens, SimpliSafe can notify
the authorities for you. They have sensors to cover every window, room,
and door. Plus extra sensors that can sense water or
freezing temperatures. Even motion sensors. I’ll leave a link in the description so you
can price out your own kit. These door and window sensors are magnetic,
so when the two halves are separated, the magnetic switch sends a signal to the hub
which can then sound a 95 decibel siren and contact the police. It does all that for just 50 cents a day with
no contracts. And it also keeps working if you lose power
or the Wi-Fi goes out. Personally, I’m just a big fan of being able
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more. You can try the whole thing out risk free
for 60 days. Thanks to SimpliSafe for sponsoring this video. Now it’s time to take apart the FlexPai. Let’s get started. [Intro] The Royole FlexPai has two halves separated
by a sturdy metal hinge. And as we learned from the durability test,
each of the back plates are made from plastic. Remember how Royole calls this a cicada wing
flexible display? Turns out my negativity towards cicadas was
only cultural. In China, singing insects like crickets and
cicadas are symbols of good luck and sometimes even kept as pets. The cricket in ‘Mulan’ suddenly makes a lot
more sense. So I apologize if my dislike towards cicadas
came across as insensitive. I can peel off the second panel. The nice thing about plastic panels, just
like we saw on the Samsung Galaxy A50, is that they don’t shatter and they come off
really easy. They can also be awesomely colored just like
glass can. Plastic can now have all the perks of glass
without the fragility. I kind of want my next one to be plastic. With both panels removed, we get a glimpse
of the 33 Phillips head screws holding the whole phone together. Once those are off, I can lift off the large
plastic panel revealing the Royole branded motherboard with a loudspeaker in the upper
left corner that can also come out right now with the Royole branding right underneath
that speaker as well. Most companies don’t bother spending time
or money to brand the internal frame or the motherboard since, you know, nobody usually
sees it except for us. But it’s definitely paid off for them in this
video at least. It’s hard to forget the name of a company
when it’s kind of plastered everywhere. I’ll remove the SIM and SD card tray, you
know, before I try removing the motherboard. And there are two more screws holding the
motherboard into the metal frame. The screen and battery extension ribbons unsnap
like little Legos with my plastic pry tool. I do sell these plastic pry tools on Amazon
by the way, if you’ve ever wanted one. Color plastic rods are like super exciting
so grab that merch. Link in the description. There is some thermal paste on the back of
the motherboard No heat pipes to be seen. And there is no optical image stabilization
either, on either of the two rear cameras. Royole does claim to have OIS on their website. But as you can see, there is zero movement
in the cameras themselves. So I assume they mean the cameras are equipped
with EIS or electronic image stabilization and something was lost in translation. Physical movement of the camera lens is a
prerequisite of optical image stabilization. This massive gold ribbon tucked under the
motherboard is for the flexible display. We’ll have to see if we can get it off in
just a second. My display is very much destroyed after the
rigorous durability test, so it’s kind of good that I don’t have to worry about putting
this phone back together again and expecting it to work. The other sides of plastics come off easy
enough. And look at that, another Royole branding
under the loud speaker. Nobody’s going to forget who made this phone. There are two long black ribbon extensions
covering up the battery. And look, another Royole logo. The battery itself is wrapped up in a little
cocoon of plastic, and if you grab the two little legs next to the cicada hinge and give
it a little tug, it comes out. Secure removable batteries are not hard to
implement at all. Nice job, Royole. Thumbs up for that. It’s a 3790 milliamp hour capacity. Let’s take a closer look at the cicada hinge. The hinge itself is fastened to both sides
of the phone with 4 metal brackets, each with 4 screws holding the little slider mechanism. I can remove all 16 screws along with 2 more
screws along the center of the hinge. But first there are 2 massive magnets on either
side of the phone. These help keep the phone in the closed position
when it was all in one piece. You can see my magnet has been secretly collecting
all the screws. My razor blade can pry it out of it’s slot
in the phone frame. It’s a super big, super strong magnet. I’ll pull the long extension ribbons out from
the center of the cicada hinge, and then I can wiggle the hinge contraption out from
the right half of the phone. With the hinge disconnected, the only thing
holding the two halves together is the paper thin flexible AMOLED display which has a very
serious amount of adhesive holding it to the phone body. Not too shabby. I’ll pull the display off of the other half
of the phone. It’s actually kind of satisfying. The screen finally meets up with the glued
down piece of glass at the top of the phone, but with a little bit of aggressive razor
bladed persuasion, the glass can be removed and the display ribbons can come free from
the device. And there it is. The flexible AMOLED display. I imagine this is very similar to what Royole
has attached to the T-shirts and hats that they sell for a cool $900 a piece. Personally, I think this technology is pretty
awesome. Yeah, it’s a tad bit expensive right now,
but all tech is expensive when it first comes out. Soon it’ll be cheap and commonplace, and I’m
totally down for that. I can pull a broken portion of the hinge away
from the rest of the phone. This thing kind of snapped when I bent it
backwards. It is adhered to the flexible sheet of metal
that’s under the display, and it also looks super interesting. Interlocking parts that fold into a “U”
when shut, and then expand to lock out into a totally flat surface. It takes a considerable amount of force to
bend such a short segment of the hinge. Normally the person bending the phone would
hold it from the extended sides, giving a lot more leverage and making the phone easier
to fold in half. The hinge is pretty strong. Last year I felt like phones plateaued for
a while, but now there seems to be some cool things in the pipeline for mobile technology. I hope that Royole keeps making cool stuff. I’m definitely a fan. I’ll be giving the same treatment to the Galaxy
Fold if Samsung ever, you know, gets around to releasing it. So hit that subscribe button if you haven’t
already so you don’t miss that video. And don’t forget to check out SimpliSafe. You get 60 days to try it out, and if you
don’t like it, they’ll even pay for the return shipping. It’s a win-win. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. And thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

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