Worlds First Folding Phone Teardown! – Royole Flexpai

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

Today we're gonna open up the world's first folding phone that you can actually buy the Flex five 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 royal flex buy 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 Flex buy though I want to show some tech that still turns on huge thanks to simply safe for sponsoring this video welcome to simply

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The whole thing out risk-free for 60 days thanks to simply say it for sponsoring this video now it's time to take apart the Flex PI let's get started the real flex pie has to have separated by a sturdy metal hinge and as we learn from the durability test each of the back plates are made from plastic remember how royal calls this a cicada winged flexible display turns out my tivity 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 Milan 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 850 is that they don't shatter and they come off really easy they can also be awesomely coloured just like glass can plastic can now have all the perks of glass without the fragility I kind of want my next one getting 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 Royal branded motherboard with a loudspeaker in the upper left corner that can also come out right now with the rail 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 tools on Amazon by the way if you've ever wanted one colored 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 onto

Either of the tube rear cameras royal does claim to have oh is 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 E is 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 royal branding under the loudspeaker nobody's gonna forget who made this phone there are two long black ribbon extensions covering up the battery and look another royal 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 royal thumbs up for that it's a thirty seven ninety 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 four metal brackets each with four screws holding the little slider mechanism I can remove all 16 screws along with two more screws along the center of the hinge but first there are two 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 its 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 now 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 blade at persuasion the glass can be removed and the display ribbons can find three from the device and there it is the flexible AMOLED display I imagine this is very similar to what royal has attached to the t-shirts and hats that they sell for a cool $900 piece personally I think this technology is pretty awesome yeah 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 folded to a UN 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

Lester I felt like phone's plateaued for a while but now there seems to be some cool things in the pipeline for mobile technology I hope that royal keeps making cool stuff I'm definitely a fan I'll be giving the same treatment galaxy fold if Samsung never 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 simply safe 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 coming out with me on Instagram and Twitter

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