The First Foldable Phone

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The First Foldable Phone

The first foldable phone is finally here! No, it’s not from Samsung or Apple. A Chinese company, Royole, was the first to bring this idea to life. Introducing the FlexPai as the first phone of its kind.

 

The pre-order prices are $1,318 for 128 GB and $1,469 for 256 GB. They will ship the devices beginning in December of this year.  It took the company six years to get the design and engineering of the phone to where it is now. The FlexPai is supposed to be able to withstand 200,000 folds before it starts to degrade, which should last well past its lifetime. With a 7.8 inch display, the screen is huge compared to other phones.

 

 

 

 

 

The problems with the phone are: It’s bulky, the software is kind of buggy, the phone isn’t too visually appealing, it’s harder to fold than it should be, and it doesn’t fold completely flat.


3 Comments

Alexandra Mills

Alexandra Mills

November 6, 2018at 12:03 pm

That is really interesting! I bet the screen resolution isn’t too good though. I’m seriously wondering how many people will purchase this phone. Keep us updated!

Michael Rizza

Michael Rizza

November 6, 2018at 1:37 pm

I think this is an awesome step in the right direction. But I can’t see customers spending over $1000 on a phone that isn’t polished out. Apple consumers are some of the only ones that will spend $1000+ on phones and they have been consistently increasing their brand loyalty over time due to Apple’s strategies. I think their best bet would be to sell this technology

Holly Shinn

Holly Shinn

November 6, 2018at 2:42 pm

This is an intriguing idea! The problems that you mentioned at the end are probably the reason that Apple or Samsung hasn’t adopted a similar idea. If you can’t fold it flat and it’s bulky, then it really isn’t practical as a portable device. Interesting to see this first stage in the technology.

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