Royole Flex Pai Hands-On: The world’s first real foldable phone at CES 2019

Unbeknownst to most of the world, Royole has quietly been working to pioneer and perfect its own flexible screens since 2012, and its new FlexPai smartphone represents something of a coming-out party.

Unless you’re (for some reason) a fan of personal cinema headsets, you almost certainly haven’t heard of Royole.

That’s OK — founder and CEO Bill Liu wanted it that way.

Unbeknownst to most of the world, Royole has quietly been working to pioneer and perfect its own flexible screens since 2012, and its new FlexPai smartphone represents something of a coming-out party.

Before we go any further, though, we need to get a few things straight.

Yes, this is a real product that you can buy right now. Yes, this basically unknown company beat Samsung to market with a foldable smartphone. And yes, it actually works.