The First Foldable Smartphone is Here & It Isn't Samsung

07 November, 2018, 07:13 | Author: Elena Summers
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It had been widely expected that top vendor like Samsung or Huawei would be the first but the California-based start-up beats big tech companies in launching the Royole FlexPai. It hopes to get feedback from developers about the best ways for apps to handle going from a phone-sized screen to a tablet-sized one as the device unfolds.

Samsung's foldable phone was previously also rumoured to be called as Galaxy X suggesting that Galaxy S10 and the foldable phone could be the same device.

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.

For now the phone is available for pre-order as a developer edition and costs $1,318 for 128 GB of storage, and $1,469 for 256 GB.

"Unlike our flagship products, the foldable phone is a completely new concept in terms of design and user experience, which requires a different approach", an anonymous Samsung official told Reuters.

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The device may feature a 7.3 inch primary display and a 4.6 inch secondary screen. We haven't attended an SDC in years, but because of the hype surrounding this foldable display device, you'll find me in SF later this week.

The foldable phone will go on sale as a consumer device in China, but for now is only available as a developer model in the U.S. from December.

This is not the first hint from Samsung about a possible sneak peek at the upcoming foldable phone, though.

The device does not fold flat and is quite hard to hold, according to Bell. "Yes, it feels a bit gimmicky, but the FlexPai does actually deliver on its promise of being the 'first foldable smartphone, '" said Mashable's Karissa Bell. The report added that designers are in favour of the portrait type even though the display may seem narrower.

That could change, especially if more mainstream phone makers like Samsung start making flexible phones as well.

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