Royale let journalists get hands-on with the FlexPai on Monday, and reviewers confirmed that the tech works.
But there are problems: The phone is bulky and makes a crunching sound when folded. The device can be folded at different angles, which the operating system, Royole's own Water OS, will conform to. Ahead of its annual developer conference Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), the company has updated its profile image on Facebook and Twitter with a teaser of what's believed to be its new foldable phone, dubbed as Galaxy F aka Galaxy X.
More confirmation arrives from the official Samsung Developers Conference 2018 app. It won't actually ship until December but I had the opportunity to take an early look at the FlexPai at a press event in San Francisco. Though Royole has a much smaller development team, the device has an impressive array of features to help it compete with mobile giants across the globe. According to a recent Bloomberg report, design of the foldable phone, codenamed victor, hasn't been yet finalised.
But, the FlexPai is far from flawless. She added that the plastic display was beginning to lift a little over the hinges, and made an "audible crunching sound" while being folded. A Royole exec assured me this was a known issue due to the adhesive used in the engineering samples, and that it won't be a problem on the final version.
This incredible smartphone-tablet will come with a fast charge 6000mAh battery called Ro-Charge that can be fully charged in a hour.
Any other details on the upcoming folding device are simply not available; this is all that we have to go on. The developer edition costs $1,318 for 128 GB of storage, and $1,469 for 256 GB, according to Mashable. It's a simple graphic-just the word "Samsung", except that it folds back on itself starting with the second "S", as shown above.
While Samsung is holding a developer conference in November where its foldable phone could possibly be unveiled.