Display maker Royole shows off 'world's first' flexible smartphone

Ruben Fields
November 3, 2018

However, a company called Royole has stepped around both of those major manufacturers and has launched a folding screen smartphone that is called the FlexPai.

Rouyu Technology's FlexiPai, as it has in its name, has beaten every other smartphone giant to be the first foldable phone. The technology in itself requires tremendous R&D efforts to make foldable phones more user-friendly and practical in day-to-day life. Check out the Royole website for the full specs of the FlexPai. The priciest model costs 12,999 yuan (US$1,871) with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. The specifications of the phone haven't been detailed as yet, but the company offers a quick glance at what can be expected from its future-proof smartphone. FlexPai can be folded from 0 to 180 degrees. It's not clear if Royole plans to sell the device outside of China.

The folded edge screens display the notifications and other important information like previously seen on Samsung's Edge series smartphones.

FlexPai features a 7.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1920×1440 but when folded up, it presents three separate smaller screens with a ratio of 16:9, 4:3 and 18:9 - on the front, rear and spine of the device. It's clear from looking at it that this is very much a first generation product, and you would hope that Samsung or Huawei or whoever else could come up with something a little more elegant. Another big highlight is that the FlexPai runs on a 7nm octa-core Qualcomm chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, which can only mean the yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 855/ Snapdragon 8150 flagship processor.

For the camera, there's a dual camera setup of a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 20MP telephoto lens.

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The handset is powered by the companiy's Water OS 1.0 which is based on the latest version of Google's Android OS, Android 9.0 Pie.

Under the foldable hood, there's a 3,800mAh battery with 5V/5A fast charging via RoCharge technology.

Venturebeat reporter Evan Blass has also claimed LG intends to unveil a foldable phone of its own at the CES trade show in January.

The FlexPai measures 7.6mm thick. Utilising the foldable nature of the display, users will be able to drag photos or even calls from one side to another.

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