Chinese Company Royole Brings World's First Commercial Foldable Phone FlexPai To CES 2019


Chinese company Royale brought FlexPai, the world's first commercial foldable phone, to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Features Of Royole's FlexPai

While it is being described as a phone, the 7.8-inch gadget can be used as either a phone or a small tablet. The Android device is basically a tablet in its extended mode that becomes two phones when its display is closed.

Royole, an America-based Chinese company that specializes in manufacturing flexible electronics, provided the device with two SIM slots and an auto-detection system that only shows content on the half of the folded screen that the user is facing to. The screen adjusts to different orientations and viewing options.

One of the phones serves as the primary phone, whose content spreads out onto the full display when the device is opened.

The device runs on the OS Water along with Google Android 9.0. It uses 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon chipset, expandable memory and a 3,800-mAh battery that users can charge using Royole's charging technology Ro Charge.

The FlexPai also features two cameras: a 20-megapixel telephoto lens and a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera. Both serve as rear and front-facing cameras when the screen is folded. The phone likewise features a fingerprint scanner.

"FlexPai is the world's first commercial foldable smartphone with a flexible display, a combination of smartphone and tablet," Royole described its device.

Availability And Price

The device is already available in Beijing since October. For those who live in the United States and the United Kingdom, a developer version of the phone is available.

The 6GB of RAM/128GB version costs $1,318, while the 8GB of RAM/256GB variant sells for $1,469.

Other Foldable Phones To Hit The Market

Consumers should note that FlexPai is not the only flexible phone that will hit the market in the coming months. Before shelling out money for the device, it is worth knowing that Samsung, LG, and Huawei are also working on their own versions of foldable phones.

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