After 17 months, Rouyu finally launched the second-generation folding machine.On March 25, Rouyu launched FlexPai 2 through an online conference.The appearance of the FlexPai 2 is not much different from that of the first-generation folding machine, and it still uses an outward-folding design. The unfolded screen reaches 7.8 inches. The FlexPai 2 is equipped with the Snapdragon 865 processor and uses the third-generation Cicada-wing full flexible screen launched at this conference.The hinge has been upgraded. The fuselage is thinner than the previous generation, but detailed data are not specified.According to Liu Zihong, CEO of Rouyu Technology, this folding machine will be officially released in the next quarter.Based on this calculation, the interval between the official release of Rouyu’s first and second-generation folding machines may reach 20 months, which obviously exceeds the normal update cycle (six months or one year) of the mobile phone.Samsung, Huawei’s first and second generation folding machines are released at 12-month intervals.Although folding phones are more concerned, the real protagonist of this conference is the third-generation cicada-wing folding screen.According to Liu Zihong, this screen can withstand 200,000 folds, and the brightness, contrast, and response speed are greatly improved compared to the second-generation products.It is worth noting that Rouyu claims that its bending radius can reach 1 mm.It is worth mentioning that the cover of this screen still uses CPI (Colorless Polyimide, a polymer material used as a screen cover).Among the first-generation folding machines released by Rouyu, Samsung and Huawei, due to technical limitations, CPI was used as the screen cover.Compared with ultra-thin glass, CPI is more flexible and less fragile. The production technology of folding screens with CPI as the cover was relatively mature at the time.However, this material has poor light transmittance and tactile sensation, and lacks rigidity. It is necessary to open a hole in the front camera position to build a glass structure.After the mass production technology of the folding screen with ultra-thin glass as the cover has gradually matured, the second-generation folding machine launched by Samsung, Lenovo Moto Razr, which was shipped in February this year, uses ultra-thin glass for the screen cover.Industry insiders told 36 氪 that ultra-thin glass is more in line with the development trend of smart phone folding screens.Rouyu official said that the third-generation Cicada’s full flexible screen has entered the mass production stage.Previously, the second-generation Cicada ’s full-flex screens have been mass-produced and shipped in 2018, and have been used in solutions for more than 500 corporate customers worldwide. There are many well-known brands among customers, including Louis Vuitton, Airbus, China Mobile,Li Ning, GAC, Toyota, France PSA, Legrand, Luzhou Laojiao, etc., are also used in the first-generation volume folding machine FlexPai, which will be mass-produced in the first quarter of 2019.At the same time, Rouyu announced a strategic cooperation with ZTE, saying that the two parties will jointly explore a new category of smart phones, flexible folding screen mobile phones.At the end of October 2018, Rouyu launched the first-generation folding machine FlexPai, which was the earliest folding mobile phone released, which caused a lot of attention for a while.Although Liu Yuhong, CEO of Rouyu, said that it has been in mass production, there are very few Rouyu folding machines on the market. The monthly turnover of its Tmall flagship store is only in the order of several hundred units.Rouyu is constantly facing questions from PPT companies.At the end of 2018, Rouyu first launched the folding mobile phone, grabbing the forefront of the concept, but its strength was limited. Samsung and Huawei folders quickly seized the market after the listing.Huawei’s first-generation and second-generation folding machines have been hot-fried in China, while Rouyu’s folding machines have rarely received much attention.The competition of smart phones has developed to the present stage, and it is no longer a table of small factories.Folding machine technology is very difficult, and the market capacity is not large in the short term. Huawei, Samsung and other major manufacturers bring technological advantages, coupled with the brand’s benefits, one round down, the decision is made.Although Rouyu released the second-generation new machine, the prospect of competition in folding mobile phones is not optimistic.Head picture from Rouyu

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