This article originally appeared on ABACUS Royole, the Chinese company that launched the first foldable phone, is back with a new and improved version of its FlexPai smartphone. CEO Bill Liu unveiled the FlexPai 2 on Tuesday, saying the second generation phone is thinner with a more robust and wearproof hinge. The original FlexPai was unveiled in Beijing in 2018, just days before Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launch event. But the quality of the Chinese handset was widely criticized. In our own testing , we found the FlexPai was bulky and suffered from buggy software. Despite that, it swiftly sold out on Alibaba’s ecommerce site Tmall last April when it was priced at about US$1,330. There is still no news about FlexPai 2’s price, but the launch is likely to take place next quarter. The new handset will feature a 7.8-inch screen and be powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 chip with 5G. The main selling point, though, is the third-generation Cicada Wing display. According to Royole, it’s brighter and offers better performance. During the presentation, Royole also announced a partnership with ZTE, suggesting ZTE phones might feature Royole tech in the future. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.