Despite Samsung’s massive misfire with the $2,000 folding smartphone, it got one key thing right: Putting the folding screen on the inside

Samsung was going to be the first major smartphone maker to launch a foldable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Samsung was going to be the first major smartphone maker to launch a foldable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Samsung was going to be the first major smartphone maker to launch a foldable smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

In a single week, Samsung’s ambitious $2,000 foldable smartphone went from being a fascinating, awe-inspiring gadget of the future to a disaster.

The Galaxy Fold, which was meant to be the first phone ever with a foldable touchscreen, had been teased, unveiled, and distributed to select tech reviewers in a carefully orchestrated rollout over the past six months. But once in the hands of reviewers, the phone’s foldable screen — and all its mystique — broke.

Soon after, Samsung acknowledged the inevitable and announced that the Galaxy Fold would be delayed for at least several weeks as the company tries to fix the phone’s problems. Though it still doesn’t have an official release date, the latest report says Samsung could be ready to roll with a redesigned Fold ahead of the holiday season.

In the meantime, there’s a Chinese handset from Royole named the “FlexPai” — here’s what it looks like:

Royole FlexPai

The FlexPai is available right now, and costs just over $1,300.

It looks impressive, with a screen wrapping around the entirety of the exterior. The folding action is happening right there, with the screen that’s on the apex of the fold still showing stuff even while folded! More

By Ben Gilbert https://www.insider.com