It seems that technology is at its best! To deal in details, Royole Corporation, a California based firm known for manufacturing flexible displays and related products has launched the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone in China for a starting price of $1300. Rouyu Technology is a display company, specializes in flexible displays. This FlexPai smartphone starts at CNY 9,000 which is approximately ₹95,300.
The company declared during the launch that this device that this would be a strong competition to Samsung and Huawei and also would be available via a flash sale in China on 1st November. However, this would only be an initial promotional run and those left out can pre-order the device. Shipping is slated to commence late in December. Users in Canada, Mexico and United States can also order the device from Royole’s website for $1,318. However, there’s no information regarding the shipping date.
Interesting projection/anticipation post but I still think foldable smartphones = dead on arrival… https://t.co/wxoXSFN36Y
— Steve H. (@OnLeaks) July 11, 2018
Talking of specs and features, Royole FlexPai looks more like a tablet when unfolded, with a large screen size of 7.8-inches, but drops down to just 4-inches once folded. The display produced by Royole is of an AMOLED nature and can withstand more than 200,000 open-and-shut movements, meaning that this smartphone cum tablet can last for years before suffering any kind of damage. Another very interesting and impressive fact about FlexPai is its spec sheet. The device runs on the next-gen Snapdragon 8150 processor, which is again yet to be unveiled by Qualcomm coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB on-board storage for the base model. An 8GB+256/512GB model is also available, plus there’s microSD card slot on all variants, which allows for additional 256GB storage.
This is the “world’s first foldable screen phone” released by Rouyu Technology, which will use the Snapdragon 8150 processor, but its design is very rough, just to seize the “first”, this is a futures product. pic.twitter.com/M0v9o2z0Bw
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 31, 2018
Coming back to the optic front, FlexPai houses a single camera module which can used for taking selfies when unfolded and as a rear camera when folded. Placed next to the display, the dual lens setup speaks of the assemblage of a 16MP primary sensor and a secondary 20MP telephoto lens. Other features include a USB Type-C port and a 3,800mAh battery There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack on the device but Royole is providing a Ro-Charge fast charger along with it, which can charge up the device from 0 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. Royole FlexPai runs on an Android Pie based custom skin, Water OS that adapts to the hinge and switches to a smartphone-like orientation as soon as the device is folded in half.