The World’s First Foldable Smartphone – FlexPai

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California based startup Royole has unveiled the world’s first Flexible Smartphone – Flex-Pai. With this unique and cutting-edge launch, Royale has beaten the tech giants like Samsung and Huawei.

Royole Corporation which is a specialist in manufacturing flexible displays has unveiled the FlexPai handset at an event in Beijing. The launch has caught many industry watchers by surprise. Everyone was widely supposing that Samsung or Huawei would be the first to introduce such a device in the smartphone market.

 

Specifications of Flex-Pai

Flex-Pai comes with the Snapdragon 8-series processor (Snapdragon 855 which is a Next Generation Processor) with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, it has  4:3 screen aspect ratio like iPad tablets and has a 1440 x 1920-pixel resolution.

Its back panel has a dual rear camera setup which comes with 16-megapixel primary camera and 20-megapixel the secondary camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and has optical image stabilization too, but unusually they’re mounted at the side of the screen, not on the back of the device. With the screen folded up, photos can be taken with the camera facing in either direction, and the software adjusting accordingly what the screen shows. Calls can also be taken from both the side of the phone.

Flex-Pai has a 3,800mAh battery, but it has yet to be said how long that will last. It has Royale’s own operating system and runs on Android 9.0 Pie.

It also weighs a massive 320 grams with 7.8 mm thickness. But the flexible screen allows it to fold in half without breaking, making such a large device more compact and pocketable.

Royole doesn’t really talk about the device’s overall size when folded, but the screen becomes 4 inches. There’s still a lot of bezel at one end, which makes the device larger. It comes with RO Fast Charging which charges the device from 0 to 80% in just one hour.

Cost of Flex-Pai

It costs around $1,300 (approximately Rs.97,500) for the basic 6GB/128GB model, or up to $1870 (Rs. 1,40,250) for the 8GB/512GB. A limited unit will be released in December, but you can place a pre-order from today.

Competition and Flex-Pai

The company claims that you will be able to bend this device over 200,000 times without breaking. It looks more like a tablet than a smartphone and doesn’t appear to be very pocketable and handy. Foldable phones are one of the biggest buzz terms in tech at the moment with Samsung, LG and Huawei,  experimenting with the tech.ut all those companies have been beaten with a punch of Royale’s Flexible Smartphone Flex-Pai. Royole is now trying to compete directly with other display manufacturers such as Samsung and LG and building its first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) factory.

 

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