Chinese company Royale released world’s first foldable device – it’s called FlexPai and is a mix of a tablet and a smartphone. It has a 7.8 inch screen that you can bend (up to 180 degrees) and use it as a phone – in its “flat” form it looks like a tablet. It was officially launched on the 31st October 2018 in Beijing. The most impressive thing about it is that Royale beat other big companies like Samsung and created this device first – and just for around €1400 you can have it at home!
Apart from the obvious new breakthrough feature of the flexible screen, FlexPai is a mediocre device at best. Many reviewers claim that it’s very chunky, even though it may serve as a phone we cannot exactly put it in our back pockets. FlexPai system Water OS (custom made by Royale) is also not the best – it supposedly keeps on crashing, opening up random apps, and even changes orientation during the folding process itself. It definitely needs some improvements!
Still, FlexPai is all about the screen – on the official site Royale claims “FlexPai’s screen is virtually unbreakable and extremely durable passing tests where the screen has been bent over 200 000 times”. While most of us probably wouldn’t purchase FlexPai due to its many flaws, it is undoubtedly a breakthrough and we can surely expect more companies coming out with foldable devices. One of the most notable ones is Samsung – it has been long speculated that the tech giant is going to release a foldable phone in 2019 (rumoured to be called Galaxy X or Galaxy F)