At last, a foldable smartphone is here!!! At the end of October 2018, the world’s first bending smartphone was introduced, not even from Samsung or LG. A model called FlexPai was developed by the company Royole Technology.
The novelty received a 7.8-inch AMOLED-display, which can be folded in half, after which a screen with a diagonal of about 4 inches is obtained.
In the unfolded state, the gadget looks like a compact tablet and has a thickness of 7.6mm. When folded, the thickness is 15.2 mm. The hinge, according to the developers, can withstand at least 200 thousand opening-closing cycles.
The phone works under the control of the proprietary water OS platform built on the basis of the Android operating system. The firmware adapts to resize the display and supports dual display. For example, in the folded state, one application can be launched on one side, and another on the other. In addition, the smartphone can be put on the table in the form of a “tent” to watch the video or launch the “smart” screen.
Royole FlexPai Specs and Features
Specifications match for a modern smartphone. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150, 6 or 8GB single-chip system, a dual rear camera (one 16-megapixel sensor, another 20-megapixel; auxiliary module comes with a telephoto lens) and Ro-Charge fast charging technology rechargeable batteries up to 80%.
The capacity of the built-in flash drive can be 128, 256 or 512 GB, depending on the modification.
Here are the FlexiPai key specifications…
|Display||7.8-inch foldable screen 1920 x 1440 (expanded mode)|
|OS||Water OS 1.0 (Based on Android 9.0)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150|
|Storage||128GB ROM + 6GB RAM / 256GB ROM + 8GB RAM / 512 ROM + 8GB RAM|
|Camera||16MP + 20MP Rear|
|Battery||3800mAh with Ro-Charge fast charging technology|
|Price||Starts 8,999 yuan (~$1291) which approximately N467,000 naira in Nigeria|
FlexiPai Pricing and Availability
The manufacturer has already started taking orders for a flexible smartphone. The start of product deliveries is scheduled for December 2018. FlexiPai 6GB/128GB model is estimated at 8,999 yuan (~$1291) which approximately N467,000 naira in Nigeria.
- 6GB/128GB model: 8,999 yuan (~$1291) approx. N467,000
- 8GB/256GB model: 9,998 yuan (~$1434) approx. N520,000
- 8GB/512GB model: 12,999 yuan (~$1864) approx. N677,000
Royole Technology plans to sell the product not only in China but also in Europe and North America. However, no news about this product availability in Africa.