Chinese startup launches world's first foldable smartphone


Startup announced the handset days days before the launch of the Samsung foldable smartphone, scheduled for this Wednesday, 7

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Startup Royole introduced last weekend the first foldable smartphone on the market. Called FlexPai, the handset was announced days before the release of the Samsung foldable smartphone, scheduled for Wednesday, 7.

The phone will be sold in China for as much as $ 1,300. FlexPai is already available on pre-order at Royole's website and, according to the company, the device will hit stores in the country in December.

With a 7.8-inch screen, the FlexPai is similar in size to a tablet, but takes on the size of a cell phone when folded. The company says that the cell phone can be folded 200 thousand times without swimming. The device has a Snapdragon 8150 processor, a resolution of 1920 x 1440 pixels and a battery of 3.800mAh (milliAmpers).

According to tests made by the site The Verge, the cell lacks in design as well as performance – the report describes that the software seems extremely slow, with applications opening accidentally all the time and the screen orientation shifted randomly while Royole introduced the product. However, the The Verge says that the device actually fulfills the promise of being a flexible cell phone.

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