Chinese flexible display maker Royole Corp is weighing an initial public offering in China, while its planned US listing is put on hold, according to people familiar with the matter. Royole had filed confidentially for a US IPO that could raise about US$1 billion, Bloomberg News reported earlier this year. The start-up, however, is now considering a listing in China, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Considerations are at an early stage and no final decisions have been made, the people said. A representative for Royole declined to comment on the matter. Shenzhen-based Royole, known for manufacturing the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone , had originally planned to raise funds via a private financing round at a valuation of about US$8 billion, people familiar with that deal said last year. But the Chinese company turned to the US markets after liquidity tightened during a downturn in China’s venture capital sector, the people said. Meet the Shenzhen billionaire behind the world’s thinnest flexible display Since January relations between the US and China have deteriorated sharply, with tensions spanning trade, technology and Hong Kong. Many US-listed Chinese companies are considering second listings closer to home in Hong Kong, while the mainland has been actively seeking to lure innovative technology companies to list in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Royole competes with Samsung Electronics and Chinese firm BOE Technology Group to produce bendable screens, using cutting-edge organic light-emitting diode technology. Royole, which gave away wraparound-screen hats at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, unveiled in January a smart speaker that packs a bendable display around a cylinder. Its full line of products encompasses head-mounted displays intended for use as so-called mobile theatres and other wearable flexible displays. The company even has a smart writing pad that it sells on Amazon.com, JD.com and in stores globally. Royole’s earlier investors include Knight Capital, IDG Capital, Poly Capital Management, AMTD Group, the funds of Chinese tycoon Xie Zhikun and the venture capital arm of the Shenzhen city government.