For some reason, Royole wrapped its flexible screen tech around this smart speaker
Royole, the company that beat Samsung to the foldable phone market, is at CES 2020 with a smart speaker with a dumb, wraparound screen on it. The Mirage Smart Speaker has a flexible screen around the middle, like a corset with moving pictures.
It’ll be a whopping $899 when it comes to market just before the summer, so start saving if you actually want one.
This $899 smart speaker has a dumb wraparound screen on it
Royole is primarily known for its flexible OLED screens, so it’s no surprise that the first smart speaker from the company features one prominently.
Still, it’s a hefty price tag for what seems to be just a weird flex for the owner. I mean, flat touchscreens on vertical devices are hard enough to use (anyone been to McDonald’s lately?), so I’m not sure what the utility for having a wraparound touch panel is. Maybe it’s just one of those “we built it because we could” type of deals.
Anyway, the rest of the speaker sounds good on paper at least:
- 7.8 inch flexible AMOLED screen at 1,920 x 1,440 resolution that wraps around the middle of the speaker
- It’s a touchscreen, which will probably replace physical buttons
- There are three 48mm full-range drivers with 30W RMS and a passive radiator for bass
- It’s got two far-field microphones for voice commands, with Amazon’s Alexa on board and other AI tech
- There’s a 5 MP camera sensor, presumably for home security but maybe also for voice calls
- The Snapdragon 524 SoC powers it, matched with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. We’re presuming it runs Android on that, but Royole hasn’t said what the OS is yet
The real question I have is: If it’s got Alexa onboard, why do I need a physical control method? Surely voice commands are the way to go.
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