The Royole display launcher has now introduced a new compact folding device with a flexible display. Once it has been stacked in half, the device can behave like two different smartphones. When it decomposes, it will work as a tablet.
equipment FlexPai presented Bill Liu, who called him the first commercially available foldable handset with a flexible display at a small press event. Royole wants to address two major flaws in smart traditional phones, using FlexPai – display clarity and lack of size for certain tasks such as movie viewing and document editing.
Unlike most other smartphones, the FlexPai screen is not shielded, but is an OLED screen printed on thin plastic. It is resistant to scratches and, since there is no glass, it does not break. Without bruising, you can bend up to 200,000 times.
FlexPai has a hinge in the middle that lets you translate it by touching the two ends or extending at an angle of 180 degrees. The hinge is strong enough to hold the disassembled device at an angle. For example, you can divide it into a form A and let it sit at both ends.
The device features a customized version of Android that Royole calls the Water Operating System. Designed specifically for FlexPai flexible screen. For example, you can see another video on each side of the folded device.
FlexPai has dual SIM card support, so you can use the front and back of the display in a collapsed state, essentially like two different phones, each of which is assigned to another SIM card. But the most useful one can be a flexible display when you rotate it to a full size of 7.8 inches. Then it is almost as big as the iPad mini, except the FlexPai is a bit harder and harder.
As Liu said, users can save money and loans thanks to FlexPai because they will not have to buy and transport so many devices in their pockets. They will "need less and less devices to get the same user experience."
The news story has already been reviewed by Business Insider and has had several reservations. Although in the form of a tablet, FlexPai is small and thin, composed in half is unpleasant because it can not be bent. In addition, the hinge is a relatively large ridge, which is uncomfortable when wearing it in your pocket.
The larger screen provides a better viewing experience, but the display is not large enough to replace a large notebook or tablet. Therefore, it is not suitable for editing documents or other works.
Royole has already launched a mass production facility and accepts pre-orders. Deliveries should start at the end of December. The 128 GB version price is $ 1318, for $ 256 GB you have to pay $ 1469, which means more than the iPhone 5x XS Max. But until now, FlexPai will only be available on the Chinese market.