CES 2019 has always been the “Mecca” for companies wanting to showcase their most exceptional tech in front of the world. Working on the same line, Royole recently introduced the first foldable smartphone called Flexpai. Although this isn’t the first unveiling of the gadget, the new device that CES saw is actually an enhanced version of the device, that we saw earlier last October. For those who haven’t heard about Royole, it is a startup with its heart of operation in China. Having said that, there’s a lot of scope for improvement for FlexPai, and in due time, it will be an interesting take to follow up.
Now, let’s take a look at what Flexpai has to offer. The phone runs on Snapdragon 855 (again a first timer) and comes in two variants, 128GB and 256GB with 6GB and 8Gb RAM respectively. It boasts a dual camera setup (16 & 20 MP). The screen size rests at 7.8 inches when it’s unfolded. It’s AMOLED and has a glaring rise right in the middle from where it actually goes behind to fold. This is a marked improvement from last time too, and a row of congrats to the company to have fixed the annoying rise excellently. Flexpai has Android 9.0 (Pie) as its OS, and Royole developers have undergone a series of modifications to be able to fit the same to the folding screen factor. This has not only facilitated exploration of the OS to the fullest but its running exceedingly well.
The initial response for the device has been a straightway win as Royole is accepting pre-orders on an overwhelming note. The wait time ranges somewhat between 60 and 90 days before the shipment can be delivered. The 128GB version is marked at $1,318 while the 256GB is marked at a little higher than $1,469. Now, the question is Flexpai, does it appeals to everyone? More importantly, is it a form that is for all? Albeit the phone has its fair share of flaws, in all probability it’s bound to come out good. Recall those times when phones were clueless unworthy bricks still serving a purpose. Then came along smartphones and the world has never been the same. Picking on the trail, foldable smartphones too shall pick up the wind soon as developers hone their skills to better out on their shortcomings and enhance the form.
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