Samsung could only be a few days away from turning the lining off with its swivel smart tablet hybrid plate, but Royole's consumer electronics company stole some of its bush with its own customizable display device. By clicking on FlexPai, the 7.8-inch hybrid device can move 180 degrees and transform from a tablet to the phone, albeit large.
At the event in San Francisco, in the evening, Royole brought the working version of FlexPai, which we actually got, and the foldable function works as advertised. Divided, it feels a kilometer in quality from a state-of-the-art leading-edge system, but it's still the first real folding device I've seen personally, and not just in a concept video or prototype.
FlexPai will be available as a consumer device in China with a base price of 8,999 yuan or about 1,300 dollars. You can also pay this amount in USD for the developer version if you live in North America. This brings you 128GB of storage, but you can double it for an extra 150 euros and add 2GB of memory for a total of 8GB.
As for other specifications, the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 2.8 GHz processor, and the resolution of the screen is 1920 x 1440, if it is fully widespread and has a battery of 3,800 mAh. Both the consumer model and the developer version are currently available on the Royole website. Royole says the Chinese consumer model and the developer version will be shipped in December.
It should be said that this device is the very first product. The software seemed extremely slow, the applications were constantly opened randomly, and the orientation changed at random, when one of Royole's representatives showed the stacking process. This, in my opinion, shows that the company Water Water (fork 9.0, Royole pravi) is probably not the most robust operating system yet.
What's more, this is much more about the hardware innovation to create a virtually indelible AMOLED display with an appropriate battery that can withstand the stacking process. Royole says the screen can be transferred 200,000 times folded. (What happens after it was not immediately clear.) We do not know how it will fit with Samsung's version, or whatever competing screen-like manufacturers like LG are working. But this certainly has a good effect on the direct folding / adaptive trend of the display, that we already see working devices, such as those that have appeared on the market.