While Samsung Electronics takes only a few days to package its own folding smartphone and tablet hybrids, consumer electronics company Royole has been a little stolen by its own flexible display device. This 7.8-inch hybrid device, called FlexPai, folds 180 degrees and can be switched from tablet to phone.
In San Francisco this evening, Royole brought the actual version of FlexPai, and the Folding feature actually works as advertised. Of course, high-end modern flagship products can feel several kilometers in quality, but it is the first folding device, not the concept video or prototype stage.
FlexPai will be available as a consumer device in China with a base model price of 899 yuan or about $ 1,300. If you are located in North America, you may be able to pay that amount in USD for the developer's version. This gives you 128GB of storage, but doubles the cost of an additional $ 150 and adds a total of 2GB of RAM, giving you a total of 8GB.
For other specifications, the device will be equipped with a 2.8GHz, 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the display resolution is fully expanded to 1920 x 1440 and a 3,800 mAh battery. Both the consumer model and the developer version are pre-ordered on Royole's website. Royole said the Chinese consumer model and developer version will be available in December.
This device should be called the first generation product. The software seemed very slow, the app stays open accidentally, and one of Royole's representatives changed direction randomly when he demonstrated the folding process. To me it means that the company's customized Water OS (the fork of Android 9.0, by Royole) is probably not the most powerful operating system yet.
This is a hardware innovation that still makes the AMOLED display virtually unbreakable with enough battery life to withstand the folding process. Royole says that the screen can withstand 200,000 folds. We do not know how to compete with display makers that are competing with LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics. However, the desperate fold / flexible display trends are obviously good. We are already seeing such a work device on the market.