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If you were waiting for a foldable smartphone, the Royole FlexPai is here for you. However, it is quite expensive. The question is if the FlexPai is worth its price.

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Foldable smartphones are all the rage right now. Samsung kick-started this trend with the Galaxy X smartphone. However, beating Samsung to the market is Royole Corporation with its FlexPai smartphone. It may not look as sleek as the Galaxy X, but the FlexPai is proof that smartphone makers are ready to come out with foldable smartphones, if there is enough demand for them. With that said, let’s see what the Royole FlexPai is made of.

Royole Flexpai – Photo Gallery

What’s new about the Royole Flexpai?

The FlexPai is based on Royole’s Flexible+ platform. In essence, Royole claims it can be integrated into various products and applications across industries. The important bit about FlexPai is that it has just one big display that folds and turns into two separate units. Even the folded part of the display has a purpose.

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While folded, the Royole FlexPai supports simultaneous operation of both displays. Both parts can operate separately from each other. Also, they can interact with each other or remain standalone screens. The rolled-up part of the screen can act as an edge display to show app notifications, manage calls, and other such tasks. If you are worried about the display’s durability, do note this – the device has passed tests where it has been bent over 2,00,000 times (details about them remain scant).

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The rest of the Royole FlexPai specs are par for the course as far as flagship smartphones are concerned. A thing of note here is that per Royole, the FlexPai will get a 2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip (fka Snapdragon 8150). Also, it will have a forked version of Android 9.0 Pie. Royole calls it Water OS. The device will support a fingerprint reader. Will it be packing one or not is another question altogether. It will also have dual-SIM, dual-4G capability.

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It will be powered by a 3800mAh battery with fast charging tech. Royole calls its fast-charging tech Ro-Charge. Essentially, the device will get a 5V/5A charger. Per Royole’s testing on a 6000mAh battery, normal 2A charger replenished 32 per cent charge in the power cell. A 3.5A charger replenished the battery up to 56 per cent of its capacity.

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The Ro-Charger (5A output) replenished the battery up to 80 per cent. The developer version of the device is up for order globally starting at $1,588. The consumer model is available for Chinese consumers only for now. Shipments will begin late December 2018.

Is the Royole FlexPai worth consideration?

Here’s the deal with Royole FlexPai – it’s thickness increases quite a bit when folded. Also, going by the images provided by Royole, it doesn’t look as premium as it should, considering its price tag. And the less I talk about its price, the better. Notably, you can only get a developer version of the device for now. The most important question is just how different will it be from a traditional smartphone? Only time will tell (and developer support too). Hold on to your money till then.

Royole FlexPai – Specs at a glance

SpecificationsRoyole FlexPai
Price  US$ 1,588 – 1,759 (approx Rs 1.14 lakh – 1.26 lakh)
Processor 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 GPU
RAM 6GB/8GB
Display Flexible AMOLED, 7.8-inch with 1920x1440p resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio
Internal Storage 128GB/256GB (expandable up to 256GB)
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie-based Water OS
Rear Camera 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel
Front Camera Rear camera doubles up as front camera
Battery 3800mAh with fast charging
Dimensions 190.35mm x 134mm x 7.6mm
NFC No
Fingerprint scanner No
Water/Dust resistance N/A
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