Royole has decided to surprise CES 2019 attendees with a foldable smartphone. But it seems that the company was in such a hurry to be the first to use flexible displays that it completely forgot about everything else.

The Verge journalist has already got acquainted with the Royole FlexPai smartphone. The novelty left mixed feelings.

I was struck by the number of non-working programs. The FlexPai software is terrifying. It constantly slows down and freezes when folding or opening the display.
He also has a terrible camera. But, on the other hand, this is really the first flexible gadget that is already on sale.
— The Verge

The smartphone has a 7.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1440 pixels at a density of 308 ppi.

Alas, this screen has a lot of problems. In a couple of minutes of use, the journalist managed to detect strange blackouts and phantom color bands.

FlexPai is an Android tablet that turns into two smartphones when folded. The device supports two SIM cards.

Instead of the bare Android OS, the developers decided to use a custom Water OS shell. It is optimized for display positioning when closed/open. In this case, one half of the device becomes the main one.

Another weird moment. At first, you are afraid to break FlexPai, and then you realize that it is not so easy to fold and unfold it. It takes a lot of effort. The mechanism itself is made reliably.

But the most important thing is that Royole FlexPai is not a concept. The smartphone is already on sale in China at a price of $1320 (about 88,200 rubles). Especially for developers, Royole grabbed several smartphones at CES. [The Verge]

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The price and raw software are a little scary.

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