The firm behind one of the first foldable smartphones is bringing its flexible display tech to a new product – speakers.
Royole, the Chinese firm that makes the foldable FlexPai smartphone, revealed the Mirage, an Alexa-enabled speaker with an 8-inch wraparound flexible OLED screen at CES. The speaker is anticipated to go on sale later this year and costs $899.
The Mirage is more like Royole’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show. As an alternative of a square, boxy speaker, it is round with a display that wraps around the entrance. It also has a 5MP inbuilt camera, though it is unclear if the Mirage’s camera will perform similarly to the camera on the Echo Show, which can be used for video calls.
The speaker up to now looks much more polished than the original FlexPai we first noticed in 2018. The phone had a buggy software program and a hinge that made a distinct crunching sound
During its media event at CES, the speaker only played a promotional video; however, the sound was loud and clear; the curved display and “floating” design differentiates it from other speakers.
It may appear a little gimmicky; however, it’s not hard to imagine the firm coming up with some fancy cases for the Mirage’s curved display, like visualizations that change with your music or animations that correspond to timers.
Royole has a history of placing its flexible shows in unexpected locations — the corporation has previously teamed up with Louis Vuitton on leather purses that can display customized images and videos.