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The Royole FlexPai wins a 2019 Red Dot Design Award

Royole has won 2 Red Dot Design Awards for 2019. (Source: Royole)
Royole has won 2 Red Dot Design Awards for 2019. (Source: Royole)
The FlexPai by the start-up Royole can be thought of as the first flexible phone. This achievement has been rewarded by a Design Award from Red Dot. The company has also won a second such prize for another of its products: a flexible, portable keyboard.

Royole has won 2 of Red Dot's prestigious Design Awards for 2019. One is, as you might expect, for the FlexPai, a foldable smartphone that the start-up had showcased prior to Samsung's launch of its own Galaxy Fold. Royole had designed, developed and produced its own flexible technology for this device, which is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor and folds outwards like a book.

The FlexPai can function thanks to its OEM's Cicada Wing fully-flexible display, which, as Royole claims, can withstand 200,000 bending actions. This attributes may have contributed to its Red Dot success. On the other hand, the FlexPai has not won universal acclaim since its October 2018 release. Some reviewers have noticed, for example, that the device cannot in fact fold flat: not the most desirable property in a flexible phone.

Royole's second Red Dot award was conferred on its Scrolling Keyboard. This device, as the name suggests, is capable of forming a tight roll inside a Bluetooth-enabled housing for storage or transport. The company claims that it makes the ideal external on-the-go keyboard for an Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-30 (Update: 2019-03-30)