Samsung has been defeated by a little known company called Rouyu Technology to launch the world’s first foldable smartphone. Called FlexPai, it is basically a tablet when unfolded and boasts a massive 7.8-inch display. When folded, it shrinks down to a usable screen space of 4-inches. Also Read - Samsung's next-gen foldables could be 20 percent cheaper: Here's whyAlso Read - Google gives another reason to consider Snapdragon-based Android devices
Rouyu Technology has achieved such a design by using an AMOLED display that can fold down the middle. The smartphone also runs a custom version of Android, called Water OS, and it has been designed to switch to using only half of the screen when folded. The other half of the display will show a wallpaper when it is folded and used as a smartphone. Among other tweaks, FlexPai lets its users choose which half they wish to use and the split between two screen is not equal. Also Read - Snapdragon 778G launches for premium Android smartphones with support for 144Hz display
This is the “world’s first foldable screen phone” released by Rouyu Technology, which will use the Snapdragon 8150 processor, but its design is very rough, just to seize the “first”, this is a futures product. pic.twitter.com/M0v9o2z0Bw
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One side has a slightly bigger screen than the other, which is next to the dual camera setup. Talking about dual cameras, there is a combination of 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors mounted on the side of the display, which can be used for selfies and video calling. The secondary 20-megapixel camera acts as a telephoto lens.
Among its claim to fame, the FlexPai is dubbed as the first smartphone with 7nm chipset from Qualcomm. The San Diego-based chipmaker is yet to announce its first chipset fabricated using 7nm processor and only Snapdragon 8150 fits that billing. The base configuration has 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage but there are options for 8GB RAM and 128GB or 512GB storage.
The FlexPai measures 7.6mm thick and when folded, it becomes a 15.2mm thick piece of electronics, ruling out the option of putting it in your pocket. The thickness can be attributed to the hinge design which seems like that of a conveyor belt. Rouyu Technology says the hinge is rated to being folded over 200,000 times.
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There is no confirmation on the battery capacity but it comes with proprietary Ro-charge for fast charging and is rated to go from 0-80 percent in an hour. The smartphone prices start at RMB 9,000 (around Rs 95,000), which puts it in the same ballpark as that of iPhone XS. Samsung is also working on a foldable smartphone codenamed Winner, which is expected to be unveiled early next year.