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Some have touted the Royole FlexPai, priced at $1,300, as a potentially revolutionary product akin to early iPhones. (Photo by Yoshiyuki Tamai)
Startups in Asia

China startup undercuts Samsung, Huawei foldables

Questions over quality may limit Royole's $1300 FlexPai

COCO LIU and CHENG TING-FANG, Nikkei staff writers | China

BARCELONA, Spain/LAS VEGAS, U.S. -- For a relatively unknown Chinese startup, Royole has been attracting a lot of attention. The Shenzhen-based manufacturer of flexible displays stunned the smartphone industry last autumn when it beat giants Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies to launch the world's first commercialized foldable phone.

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