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World’s first flexible smartphone, FlexPai launched in China

03 November, 2018, 03:23 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • The foldable Flex Pai smartphone

Royole is taking pre-orders for the device now. FlexPai appears in the hands-on video to be very bulky when closed with a screen that is still too large to fit in a pocket.

The display folds into three parts: The front, the rear, and the spine - which is created to send you notifications without interrupting whatever you're playing or watching on the main screens. The 128GB version costs $1,318 (£1,024), the 256GB version, $1,469.

But as you can see here, when the phone is bent, the software struggles for quite a bit before settling on the right orientation. The camera is placed on the left side of the device when it laid out. At an event in Beijing this week, the company showed off the "FlexPai", a smartphone/tablet hybrid that users can physically fold in half to switch between the two modes.

Liu is a Chinese entrepreneur with a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. If those numbers are accurate, that equates to folding and unfolding the device more than 100 times a day for five years before the hinge starts to experience problems.

The FlexPai, by little-known firm Rouyu Technology, is the first foldable "phone" with a flexible screen.

Experts previously told Wire that flexible screens were more resilient and durable than glass-fronted touchscreen displays used in most current smartphones. Foldable phones have been around the corner for years: we've seen patents, prototypes, manufacturing and rumors.


Some industry observers have questioned whether the new form factor will prove suitable for the average customer, with the FlexPai coming in at more than 50% heavier than the already hefty Note 9 and the iPhone XS Max.

The foldable smartphone that has always been anticipated was finally released but with some bit of surprise.

The Korean tech giant is expected to hold a developer conference in San Francisco next Wednesday that could give the public a preview of the technology.

It's unclear whether this folding smartphone will enjoy a worldwide launch, or be limited to China.

Although the figure is a 5.9 per cent decrease from the same period previous year, consumers expressed desire to buy handsets with newer technology they had not seen before.

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