The Royole FlexPai, a foldable smartphone has been officially represented at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The smartphone is already available as a ‘developer version’ on the Royole’s website. Royole is yet to announce the FlexPai release date for the final model.
7.8-inch AMOLED display that folds in half to form a usable smartphone. At CES, Royole has shown off production models that actually work pretty well.
The developer version of the Royole FlexPai starts at $1,318 for the 128GB version, the 256GB developer FlexPai costs $1,469.
According to the company’s CEO Liu, Royole isn’t just going to be a one-and-done smartphone maker. Liu hasn’t ruled out the idea of just supplying foldable screens to other smartphone makers.
While Royole’s smartphone is the first, it is expected competition to arrive in the following months, with the hotly rumored Samsung Galaxy X likely to lead the charge, while LG, Huawei and Xiaomi are also all tipped to launch foldable phones in 2019.
As a reminder, Apple patented a both way foldable display last month. Apple’s patent suggests a slightly different form of implementation, with the patent sketches hinting at a device that seems to be able to fold both inward and outward.