The Foldable Smartphone – It’s Real!

Written by Gina Stephens


Pliable, foldable smartphones sound like something you expect the Jetsons to be using but tech company Royole has made it a real aspect (they beat you, Samsung). 

The Royole FlexPai is a smartphone and tablet combo (phablet – is that still a thing?) with a ductile screen so you can use it folded to give you the portability of a smartphone or use it at full screen-size to give you the interface of a tablet. The FlexPai can also be folded at dissimilar angles, should you wish to.

When unfolded, FlexPai supports split-screen mode as well as 'drag-and-drop' across applications and it automatically arbitrates screen or Screens may refer to sizes. When folded, FlexPai can support dual screens with separate, simultaneous operations. The interface on the primary and secondary examines can mutually interact with each other, or independently use different interfaces without interfering with one another. Users can also get notifications on the fringe screen sidebar, which can be used to manage calls, messages and other notices. 


As for software, its unique Water operating set-up automatically adapts different viewing modes for different folding angles and user scenarios, such as taking photos, office usage, video look at and gaming.

The FlexPai uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 8-series flagship SoC, 8GB RAM and features a 16mp f/1.8 wide-angle lens as well as a 20mp f/1.8 telephoto lens which, offers to the dual view camera mode, can also be used to capture selfies. 

Like most modern smartphones, a USB-C port is rest on the device along with a MicroSD slot, stereo speakers, 3800mAh battery and it also uses fingerprint ID. 

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FlexPai Specifications: 

  • 7.8" tablet sized, full-colour docile display with 4:3 aspect ratio and 1920×1440 resolution
  • When folded, the device has three screens (primary, secondary and vehemence) 
  • Three screen aspect ratio and resolution: Primary – 16:9/810×1440, Secondary – 18:9/720×1440, Edge – 21:6/390×1440
  • 20- and 16-megapixel cameras
  • Accomplished of folding up to 180 degrees
  • Notifications appear on the edge to stop interruptions 
  • Water OS (unique)

Availability & Price 

Royole hint ated that a developer model of its new FlexPai smartphone is now available to order globally and the consumer model will be available at the same time to Chinese consumers. There's no info on when the FlexPai will be available in Europe, the company has just said 'to follow'. 

As for price, there are two Developer styles currently available: 128GB and 256GB which are listed at $1,318 and $1,469, respectively. Order fulfilment will start in belatedly December 2018.


Will the FlexPai be a 'must-have device'? We have our doubts but it will be interesting to put one to the test. In the meantime, you can learn more on touching the FlexPai in the below video. 



About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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