A Chinese company that you have probably never heard of has beaten the likes of Samsung, LG, and Huawei to the launch of the world’s first smartphone. The company, Rouyu Technology launched the foldable phone, the FlexPai on Wednesday, October 31.
Rouyu FlexPai Specifications
The FlexPai has a 7.8-inch HD display in its unfolded state. However, the exact resolution of the display was not stated. Also, there is no clear info as to whether this display is LCD or AMOLED or something different.
The FlexPai comes in three memory variants – 6GB RAM +128GB internal storage, 8GB RAM +256GB internal storage, and 8GB RAM +512GB internal storage. It has a single dual-camera setup (16MP wide-angle lens + 20MP telephoto lens) that can be used for taking normal pictures and also used for taking selfies. This camera setup is on the left side when the device is laid out flat.
Not only is the FlexPai the world’s first foldable smartphone. It is also the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 8150, also known as the Snapdragon 855.
The company did not explicitly state the battery capacity of the FlexPai, but it said that the device supports a proprietary fast-charging technology called Ro-Charge. This technology is said to be able to charge the device from 0 to 80% in one hour. Ro-Charge is said to have 3 layers of protection.
The FlexPai is not exactly a refined device. It appears that the company did quite a rough work just to be known as the first in the world to release a foldable smartphone. A video shared by popular leaker @UniverseIce shows that the device cannot comfortably fit into your pocket even when folded. This kind of defeats the whole point of a foldable smartphone. Even with that, the FlexPai does not come cheap.
This is the “world’s first foldable screen phone” released by Rouyu Technology, which will use the Snapdragon 8150 processor, but its design is very rough, just to seize the “first”, this is a futures product. pic.twitter.com/M0v9o2z0Bw
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 31, 2018
Rouyu FlexPai Price
- FlexPai 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage: 8,999 Yuan (approximately 474,000 Naira)
- FlexPai 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage: 9,998 Yuan (approximately 526,000 Naira)
- FlexPai 8GB RAM + 512GB internal storage: 12,999 Yuan (approximately 684,000 Naira)