FlexPai: The world's first foldable smartphone

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02 Nov 2018

FlexPai: The world's first foldable smartphone by a start-up

In the race to launch the world's first commercial foldable smartphone, California-based start-up Royole has beaten heavyweights like Samsung and Lenovo.

Called FlexPai, the phone-cum-tablet device was launched in Beijing at a starting price of CNY 8,999 (approx. Rs. 95,000).

The key highlights of the smartphone are its novel design with foldable AMOLED display, high-end internals, and Android Pie-based OS.

Here's everything about it.

Royole FlexPai bags the prestigious "world's first foldable smartphone" title

Design

FlexPai: At a glance

FlexPai: At a glance

First up, you're met with the novel foldable design that opens out to form a tablet.

In the unfolded state, you see slim skirting around the three sides and a prominent bezel on one side which houses the dual-cameras.

On the back, there's glossy-metallic chassis (presumably glass) with a thick rubber hinge across the center of the device where the phone folds and unfolds.

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Display

All about the screen

The FlexPai features a 7.8-inch (expanded mode) AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920x1440 pixels and a 308ppi pixel density.

The display, in three different working positions, features an aspect ratio of 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9 aspect ratios. When folded, the curved-edge screen shows alerts and notifications.

Royole claims the screen is "virtually unbreakable and extremely durable" and has passed over 200,000 bend tests.

Specifications

FlexPai: Internals and camera

FlexPai: Internals and camera

The FlexPai is powered by Qualcomm next-generation Snapdragon 8 series SoC, paired with Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage (expandable upto 256GB).

The phone sports a dual-view (front and back) 16MP+20MP dual-camera setup with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and LED flash.

It packs 3,800mAh battery with RO fast charge support and runs Android Pie-based WaterOS 1.0.

Nitty-gritty

Connectivity options and sensors onboard

In terms of connectivity options, the phone supports dual SIM cards (Nano), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C port for charging and audio output (no headphone jack).

Sensors onboard the FlexPai include an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, multi-axis gyro, compass, hall effect sensor, barometer, and a fingerprint sensor.

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