CES is officially in full swing, and there is a lot happening including an interesting device by a relatively unknown company, known as
In terms of its specs, it has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, either 6 or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage and 16MP+20MP dual camera. And it runs on Andriod 9.0 Pie. But the winning feature is the fact that there is a 7.8-inch AMOLED display that actually folds in half to form a usable smartphone.
But the FlexPai isn’t new. In fact, it first went on a bit of a world tour in late 2018. But at that time, the device wasn’t quite ready for production, which was kind of obvious at that time. But the product we saw at CES seems to be working pretty well. The big question that I would now like to explore is whether or not this is something that people would use. On one hand, we all have the same devices. Regardless of whether or you’re using an Android or iOS. There is a ton of similarities between smartphone devices these days. So maybe the world is ready for this kind of phone.
On the other hand, however, I spend a lot of time and effort (and some money) to ensure that I don’t bend my current iPhone. How trippy would it be to know that you could actually bend your phone? And more specifically, know that you were supposed to bend it? I mean, as impressive as this device is, I’m just not sure that we are ready for a foldable smartphone.
As I mentioned, you are able to buy one of these right now, but there are some technical issues that Royole needs to sort out. We know that the future for smartphones is to improve the displays, and we’ve seen this with edge to edge smartphones, but will it eventually take us to foldable screens? That remains to be seen, but in the meantime, we can turn to Royole to see how it’s done.