Now You Can Make Your Own Foldable Phone With This DIY Kit

Although Royole did revel in being the first company to release a consumer-ready folding screen phone—months before Samsung teased the original Galaxy Fold—being first doesn’t necessarily mean your product is the best, especially when it comes to bleeding edge technology.

On the contrary, the Royole FlexPai was described by our own Sam Rutherford as a “piece of junk” and his sentiments were shared by other reviewers who had the unfortunate opportunity to actually use the device.
The FlexPai was seemingly rushed out the door as quickly as possible to beat other companies to market, and as a result the folding phone suffered from a slew of issues, such as bulges and creases on the screen, a hinge mechanism that felt like it didn’t actually want to bend, buggy software, and a general lack of build quality that made its $1,320 price tag seem ludicrous.
If the idea of building your own sounds intimidating, that’s understandable, but it’s doubtful you’ll do worse than Royole did.The company did announce its FlexPai 2 foldable smartphone last year, but more interesting is Royole’s more recent announcement: a $959 RoKit Flexible Electronics Development Kit.
Shipping in an anti-static aluminum alloy briefcase that ensures you’ll miss your flight should you try to bring it onto a plane as a carry-on, the RoKit includes Royole’s third-generation Cicada Wing flexible display module, a matching flexible sensor module turning the display into a touchscreen, a system development mainboard running Android 10, an HDMI adapter board, and nearly everything else you’d need to get the development kit up and running in about five steps, Royole claims.
You’ll need to source your own 5V power supply (the easy part) and design and create some kind of enclosure for all of the electronics (the really hard part) if you don’t want your DIY bendable phone to look like a Frankenstein’s monster of a mobile device.

1 week, 1 day ago by Masoumeh Shafiei

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