Royole has definitely grabbed attention with the introduction of the world's first full-fledged foldable smartphone, the FlexPai. More precisely, when unfolded it is a tablet, but when folded it is a smartphone. You can buy the device by pre-order only in China, but versions for developers have already arrived in the United States, who were quick to share their impressions.
So, FlexPai is an uncomfortable, cumbersome, low-performance smartphone that gives the impression of “the first pancake is lumpy”. Engineers have created a revolutionary foldable design with a reversible deformable AMOLED display and a set of batteries that can bend the device 200, 000 times without damage. But they did not have time or were unable to find a suitable hardware filling for it.
The first thing that catches your eye is that the Android 9.0 operating system does not really understand where it ended up. When unfolded, everything works tolerably, but when folded, the desktop constantly twitches, the orientation of the smartphone in space is lost, and spontaneous launch of applications is observed. There are numerous "childhood diseases" that FlexPai is unlikely to be able to cure. It would be more correct to conduct comprehensive testing in the field, in order to then immediately design a second-generation gadget.
Another significant drawback of FlexPai in its price - as much as $ 1300 for the regular version with 128 GB of memory. Despite the fact that according to all characteristics, the smartphone is not at all the flagship level. It costs $ 150 to double the available memory. However, you can also increase the RAM, which brightens up the impression a little. The maximum resolution when unfolded is 1920x1440, when folded it is much lower, and on this point FlexPai is also inferior to many devices on the market. The only thing that raises no complaints is the screen bending mechanism itself, which is clearly simple and reliable.