This little-known Chinese company beat Samsung in launching a foldable phone — and it actually works
A little-known Chinese tech firm has beaten the South Korean giant Samsung in launching the world's first foldable phone — and early reviews suggest it actually works.
While Samsung may be hours away from showing the world a foldable Galaxy X smartphone, the Royole Corporation released its FlexPai phone to journalists on Monday.
The Verge and Mashable were among those to get hands-on with the device at an event in San Francisco. Both confirmed that the folding technology works, halving the size of the 7.8-inch plastic screen with one 180-degree twist.
"Yes, it feels a bit gimmicky, but the FlexPai does actually deliver on its promise of being the 'first foldable smartphone,'" Mashable's Karissa Bell said.
But the FlexPai is far from perfect.
The device does not fold flat and is quite difficult to hold, Bell said, adding that the plastic display lifted a little over the hinges and made a "crunching sound" while folding. She said Royole told her the issues were "due to the adhesive used in the engineering samples."
The Verge's Nick Statt said that when folded, the phone is "bulky" and "feels miles away in quality" from a high-end smartphone. The software, a bespoke version of Android 9.0, seemed "extremely sluggish" and buggy, he added.
"This device is very much a first-generation product," Statt concluded.
Royole said the foldable phone would go on sale as a consumer device in China in December but in the US would be available only as a developer model, costing $1,318 for 128 GB of storage and $1,469 for 256 GB, according to Mashable.
Samsung/FacebookRoyole showcased the FlexPai in the same week that Samsung is expected to unveil the long-awaited Galaxy X. The company has all but confirmed the product's launch — or at least a tease — at its annual developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.
Samsung recently posted a modified logo, folded back on itself, on its Facebook page, potentially foreshadowing a Galaxy X announcement.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46449.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Tony13 hours ago
Where have I seen folding screens before? Samsung demoed a 146 inch rolled up screen at CES 2018.
Jim9 hours ago
Experts will tell you that if you fold it over and over it will break the only question is when. If you decide to get a folding phone you should check how thin the fold actually is and what happens if you crease the folding areas. Questions remain: Is the folding phone really better than a hard folding case that protects the screen? If the folding phone slips out of your pocket does it remain closed or open leaving the screen susceptible to breakage?
David12 hours ago
Who is willing to bet that the Samsung phone also has a 7.8 inch screen?
Sean12 hours ago
So Samsung is the first reputable tech company to launch a folding screen…
Lee12 hours ago
i loved my folding phone..it was a Samsung T-259 flip phone.....
Thomas12 hours ago
I’ll wait for the waterproof version of that phone. That way it doubles as an emergency toilet paper I can wipe and wash with.
Bradley7 hours ago
Heads are going to roll. Someone at Samsung's industrial espionage department is not doing their job when Royole came out with a folding phone first.
Chris9 hours ago
why do we need folding smartphone? in my opinion i feel that phones are getting to small, just imagine how long our phones would last if we focused on improving the battery of phones instead of the thinness. i would love to have a phone the size of a galaxy S6 with the battery life of an old flip phone
Tony9 hours ago
Saw a video of the phone being used at a tech show. Looked terrible.
kevin12 hours ago
The crease in testing has shown to develop a slight discoloration.
Roger D. Alien11 hours ago
stolen tech...no doubt
Obamabinlyn24 minutes ago
What happened to the transparent phone ?
Mark6 hours ago
so how much is it?? 10 bucks??
Tony12 hours ago
Republican(USA) Democrat(China)11 hours ago
Typical chinese... whats new?
Nelson6 hours ago
Crunches and slow operating system. Well, this is an example of rushing some #$%$ onto the market at all costs JUST TO BE FIRST. Not a good business move.
Emergent5 hours ago
China is an expert when it comes to stealing technologies.
Josh Ng5 hours ago
You mean them Chinese STOLE the Whole Phone and just put their stupid name on it...RIGHT???
Chief11 hours ago
Made in China? Must be #$%$ then.