Royole, a US-China startup with a major manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, calls its latest technology the third-generation Cicada Wing fully flexible display (FFD).
The company achieved a major coup in 2018 when it beat Apple and Samsung to the development of its FlexPai smartphone with a folding display (see Apple, Samsung beaten to launch of foldable smartphone). However, Royole tends to produce prototype equipment as a demonstration of the excellence of its subsystems.
The third-generation Cicada Wing FFD offers a 50 percent increase of brightness over the previous generation. It has other enhanced optical metrics including: 5x higher contrast, 8 percent wider color gamut, fast response time. To ensure the display fits folding and other free form-factor applications, it also provides outstanding viewing angle performance with a JNCD (just noticeable color difference) below 0.6 and 1.5-times better brightness decay at a 30-degree view angle. The display also has a dedicated display driver IC. The display has a minimum bend radius of 1mm and achieves endurance of more than 200,000 bends.
Royole is applying the display technology to its second-generation smartphone. The FlexPai 2. This will have a 7.8-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and is due to come to market in 2Q20.
During a Royole Technology conference held in March 2020 Royole announced a partnership with ZTE Corp. under which the two companies will promote the adoption of flexible screens for 5G applications. In 2018 ZTE created a foldable dual-screen smartphone.
Founded in 2012, Royole Corporation has offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and California.
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