We’ve heard a lot of noise about foldable smartphones over recent months, largely from Samsung and Huawei. However, the two tech giants have been beaten to the punch by a company you might never have heard of before.
Royole has just unveiled the FlexPai, the world8217;s first commercially available foldable smartphone. In truth, it8217;s more like a smartphone-tablet hybrid, which features a 7.8-inch, 1920 x 1440 AMOLED display that you can fold like a book.
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When the device is folded, it has a primary 1440 x 810 front display, a secondary 1440 x 720 rear display, and tertiary 1440 x 390 display that runs down its spine, called the ‘edge screen side bar’. Here it is:
Royole says “the interface on the primary and secondary screens can mutually interact with each other, or independently use different interfaces without interfering with one another,” and adds that the edge screen side bar can be used for notifications and managing calls and messages, which won’t appear on the primary display.
In tablet mode, it measures in at 190.35 x 134 x 7.6mm and 320g. Royole hasn8217;t revealed how thick the device is when it8217;s folded, but since it doesn8217;t quite fold flush, we can safely assume it8217;s slightly chunkier than 15.2mm.
“It perfectly solves the contradiction between the high-definition large-screen experience and portability, which introduces a whole new dimension to the human-machine interface. The phone8217;s inherent design will forever change the consumer electronics industry, as well as the way people interact with and perceive their world.”
It runs Water OS 1.0, which is based on Android Pie and will automatically adapt to different folding angles, “Qualcomm8217;s latest Snapdragon 8-series flagship SoC” and is available with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage, which can be expanded via the microSD card slot.
It also features 16- and 20-megapixel camera sensors, a 3800mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner.
The Royole FlexPai is currently only available in China, where it costs the equivalent of £1,209 (128GB) or £1349 (256GB). Astonishingly, that8217;s less than the top-spec iPhone XS Max, which will set you back £1449.
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