A little known company has surpassed Samsung with the launch of the world's first smartphone with folding display.
The product is called FlexPai and comes from the Royole Corporation, which presented the handset on Wednesday in Beijing. It is equipped with a flexible screen that can fold the device like a wallet.
Royole calls the FlexPai as a phone, but the device is also a tablet. The unfolded product has a 7.8-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,440. It's also slightly juicy and weighs .70 pounds (or double the weight of an iPhone X).
The manufacturer claims the Android-based device can bend over 200,000 times. When you fold it up, you essentially get a phone with a front and back screen. However, the FlexPai does not fold completely so it may not fit well in your pocket.
How this works in practice is shown in the following video. When you fold up the phone, the device can readjust the display even though the transitions are not completely smooth.
The FlexPai's innovative display certainly sets it apart from other devices on the market. But the product is not cheap; The base model starts at $ 1,291. Fully upgraded, it costs $ 1,864.
Samsung plans to launch its own foldable smartphone next week at the company's developer conference in San Francisco. The product will supposedly also have a large display that can be folded like the FlexPai.
Although Royole is not a well-known brand in the tech industry, the company has been working on flexible display technology for the last five years. The company itself is headquartered in Fremont, California, but most of its employees are located in China, where it has a factory in Shenzhen.
Royole told PCMag that he plans to sell the foldable phone in the US, but it did not determine the exact date. In China, the product will be launched at the end of December.
The FlexPai consists of an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-series chip clocked at 2.8 GHz. The base model has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a microSD card slot for more storage. It has two cameras, one with 20 megapixels and the other with 16 megapixels. The complete technical data can be found here.
Royole is also a provider of flexible displays and could therefore equip other phone companies in China with more foldable phone designs. Royole says his factory in Shenzhen can build 50 million flexible display units a year.