FlexPai phone features 'world's first' foldable screen

03 November, 2018, 03:24 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • First foldable phone launched, seems as awful as it is expensive

The device looks a bit unpolished and too huge to be carried around and called a smartphone.

FlexPai can be pre-ordered for $1,588 for the 128GB variant and $1,759 for the 256GB model.

When the phone's 7.8in (19.8cm) screen is fully bent back from both sides, it provides three display screens - instead of two - for the user. Royole's CEO boasted that the bendable display allows people on both sides of the camera to see the frame when taking a picture. "Say goodbye to rigid surfaces; FlexPai will completely change your perception of a traditional mobile phone and the need to own multiple mobile devices", Royole says about its technical marvel.

There were rumours going around of Samsung working on the Galaxy X, a foldable smartphone that was supposed to be the first of its kind, releasing end of 2018.

The phone is set to retail from 8,999 yuan ($1,787) to 12,999 yuan ($2,582) and will begin to be delivered in late December, said Royole.

The launch has caught many industry watchers by surprise. A Twitter video seemingly published from a convention showed off the FlexPai in action.

Like most modern smartphones, a USB-C port is found on the device along with a MicroSD slot, stereo speakers, 3800mAh battery and it also uses fingerprint ID.

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The new Royole phone, running an Google's Android operating system and offering vivid colours and images on the display, also supports dual Sim-cards, fingerprint recognition, fast charging, and artificial intelligence graphics algorithm which can support 5G applications in the future.

One expert said the smartphone was unlikely to become a bestseller but was impressive nonetheless.

It doesn't get much smaller after you bend it.

"What's great is that it's putting this into the hands of developers, who will be able to start the legwork that will result in apps for flexible devices that will eventually be sold by Samsung and whoever else". What do you think about the device?

Another company-watcher added that he doubted the FlexPai would ever be produced in large numbers.

"The FlexPai is probably another stunt". The interface on the primary and secondary screens can mutually interact with each other, or independently use different interfaces without interfering with one another.

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