This is more like a recap of Last year’s wonder phone. The Flexpai. When we launched pictures of this phone on social media, a lot of Nigerians seemed to yearn for it. About six months later, we still do not have it available around Sub-saharan Africa except for rich travellers who carry the device around.
Meet the world’s first flexible phone was launched in September 2018. It is called the FlexPai. This new smartphone has been launched by a small California-based company Royole Corporation. FlexPai foldable phone is now available in China at a starting price of 8,999 Yuan (Rs 95,000 approximately).
FlexPai, when opened up, has a large 7.8-inch display, making it bigger than the likes of Samsung Galaxy note 9 and Apple iPhone SX MAX. After folding it from the centre, the device offers three small screens. The hinge also doubles up as a screen.
“FlexPai’s screen is virtually unbreakable and extremely durable passing tests where the screen has been bent over 200,000 times. Its screen provides fantastic color range, high contrast, wide angle, and high-resolution for outstanding picture quality,” claims the company on its website.
FlexPai has a 7.8-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1440 (expanded mode) resolution and 308ppi pixel density. The display supports 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9 aspect ratios. The edge screen shows you alerts and notifications. In terms of dimensions, FlexPai measures 134x 190.35 x 7.6mm and weighs around 326 grams.
The smartphone is powered by “Qualcomm next-gen Snapdragon 8 series SoC” with 8GB of RAM and Adreno 630. It comes with 256GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage up to 256GB via microSD card.
The smartphone sports 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel cameras with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and flash. Other key features of the phone include USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.1 and 3,800mAh battery (with fast charge support). On the software front, it runs on a customised WaterOS 1.0 which is based on Google’s Android 9.0 Pie OS.
Royole Corporation has beaten the likes of Samsung and Lenovo in launching the world’s first commercial flexible smartphone. Samsung has been rumoured for years to be working on a foldable Galaxy X aka Galaxy F smartphone. According to a recent report, Samsung will launch its flexible phone, code-named “Winner”, as early as next year. The company is said to be contemplating between two variants – one opens horizontally and the other one vertically.