Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Samsung Set to Reveal Actual Foldable Phone Details Tomorrow

Royole FlexPai World’s first foldable smartphone launched check features Click for full image
Oscar Goodwin | 07 November, 2018, 07:17

Tech innovator and manufacturer Royole has released the world's first commercial foldable smartphone.

Samsung patented foldable screen technology in 2015 that would allow for a flexible OLED display with a folding mechanism under the display.

We will have more details about the new foldable smartphone from Samsung when the device is made official later this week at Samsung's Developer Conference which takes place between the 7th and 8th of November.

The slow race to develop a foldable phone is coming to an end.

Similar to what Samsung has been teasing about its model, this next-generation smartphone can be used either folded or unfolded, "giving it the portability of a smartphone plus the screen size of a high-definition tablet".

While the FlexPai is an exciting development for anyone who has been waiting for bendy smartphones to become a reality, it's painfully obvious that the software has not yet caught up.

The device does not fold flat and is quite hard to hold, according to Bell. Which could prefigure how the foldable phones might actually fold, that is, not completely flat and leaving a small gap in between. The dual-camera setup is on par with other smartphone leaders with its 20-megapixel telephoto and 16-megapixel wide-angle lenses, as well as stereo speakers and a fingerprint ID - features that define smartphones nowadays. The phones runs a forked version of Android 9.0, called Water OS, which has been customized to support the phone's different-sized displays. The Royole can supposedly withstand 200,000 folds without damage, but even that's with a design that doesn't fold fully closed. The phone, however, has been delayed due to various issues. The company is launching a developer program to incentivize third-party app makers, but I'm extremely skeptical that they'll get many to buy in.

Additionally, Samsung might launch it in the first quarter of 2019 with a hefty price tag. Just look what happened to Windows Phone.

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