You may not have heard of Royole. The company largely makes components but it has now developed a smartphone to showcase its flexible AMOLED technology. The device is called FlexPai and it’s the world’s first proper foldable smartphone. It has beaten the likes of Samsung and Huawei to the punch.
The Royole FlexPai has a 7.8 inch 1920×1440 pixel resolution 4:3 aspect ratio display. The size means that it can double both as a smartphone and tablet. The company mentions that the display can be folded over 200,000 times without any damage.
An unspecified Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series processor powers the device. Reports suggest that it could be the new Snapdragon 8150 with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The device has a dual camera with a 20 megapixel telephoto and 16 megapixel wide angle sensor. It can either be front or rear facing, depending on how the FlexPai is folded.
The device runs what the company calls Water OS. It’s a heavily modified version of Android 9 Pie. This allows for the UI to work well with the foldable display. The video that the company has posted does show that there’s room for much refinement but Royole can now lay claim to the title of being the first in the world to launch a proper foldable device.
Intersted customers can order the Royole FlexPai now and it’s expected to ship in December. Prices start at $1320.
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