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A closer look at Royole's vibrant, flexible screens

Phones with super-thin, bendable displays may be just around the corner. We take a look at these screens up close.

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Royole's flexible displays

Though we've seen flexible screens in Samsung's Galaxy phones, 2013's LG G Flex phone and LG's OLED TV that rolls up like a poster from this year's CES, we still haven't seen a completely bendable phone.

A small company based in Fremont, California named Royole (pronounced "royal") is hoping to get close.

For more information, read our full story: Phones with bendable, flexible screens are closer than you think

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Royole's flexible displays

Royole has developed super-thin OLED displays, about 0.01-millimeter thick, which flex, fold and even flap in the wind. It's also working on the phone hardware to go with it.

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Royole's flexible displays

Royole's bendable phone design envisions a wraparound device you can either use straightened out, like a candybar phone, or bend around your wrist.

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Royole's flexible displays

This concept could be a new direction that phones are heading towards, and may serve as the innovative push the industry needs to sell more phones now that the sales are slowing down.

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Royole's flexible displays

Though headquartered in California, Royole has factories in China and mostly works with other companies to put their flexible displays on everything from clothes and cars to speakers.

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Royole's flexible displays

Some products you can buy now, like a $900 (roughly £700, AU$1,230) felt top hat with a screen that hugs the crown. Others, like the aforementioned wraparound phone are still in development.

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Royole's flexible displays

When I briefly took a look at Royole's displays up close, the screens were vibrant and have a sharp 200-to-300 pixel per inch density. They were also very light. One flapped consistently as a fan blew underneath it.

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Royole's flexible displays

As all these companies big and small race to produce these bendable displays and hardware, your ability to purchase the world's first mass-produced flexible phone may come sooner than you think.

For more information, read our full story: Phones with bendable, flexible screens are closer than you think

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