While Samsung, Xiaomi and Co. are still waiting in the offing of their foldable smartphones, which are already much discussed on the net, the Chinese manufacturer Royole is coming before them with the Flexpai. The first device with a foldable display is scheduled to be delivered later this year.
Where it remains with various well-known manufacturers so far with leaked information, Royole becomes more specific: The Chinese manufacturer has presented the first commercially available smartphone with a foldable display and also cites a target sales date. The Royole Flexpai is reminiscent in extended form of a small tablet with a 7.8 inch display in aspect ratio 4:3 and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,440 pixels. Folded together, the user has a smartphone with one display on the front and back in his hand. Friends of the Notch will welcome the ledge disappearing with cameras and sensors on the back and therefore out of sight depending on how the device is being held straight. Worth noting: The dual camera with wide-angle and super-wide-angle lens of 16 and 20 megapixels logically functions as both a front and rear camera.
Anyone who expects to be able to buckle the device at a steep angle at any point in the word “foldable” will be disappointed. In the middle of the Royole Flexpai, several case segments dictate how far the smartphone can bend. The display is designed to bend over 200,000 times, offering almost indestructible yet high contrasts, beautiful colours and a particularly wide viewing angle. On the hardware side, the flexible smartphone offers strong equipment including unspecified “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series SoC,” six or eight gigabytes of RAM and either 128, 256 or 512 GB of internal and expandable storage.
The Royole Flexpai is due to be delivered from the end of December 2018, but can only be used with the Chinese grid providers China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for the time being. Nothing is yet known about a European market launch.