Royole FlexPai: the world’s first flexible smartphone is here

Everything you need to know about the foldable phone / tablet

The Royole FlexPai
The Royole FlexPai

The Royole FlexPai flexible, foldable smartphone has been officially launched at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s the world’s first foldable smartphone / tablet, and we already knew what it looked like and some of its features after the handset was soft launched towards the end of 2018 when it was made available to developers.

While it may be the first, we expect some stiff competition to arrive in the following months, with the hotly rumored Samsung Galaxy X likely to lead the charge, while LG, Huawei and Xiaomi are also all tipped to launch foldable phones in 2019.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The world’s first foldable smartphone
  • When is it out? Available to developers now
  • What does it cost? The developer version starts at $1,318 (around £1,035, AU$1,850) for the 128GB model

Royole FlexPai release date

The Royole FlexPai is already available as a ‘developer version’ from the firm’s website. Royole is yet to announce the FlexPai release date for the final model.

The handset has been available to buy as a developers version since November 2019 though, with Royole shipping handsets from December 2018.

Royole FlexPai price

We’re yet to get a final Royole FlexPai price, but we already know that it’s going to be an expensive piece of kit – no surprise considering the cutting edge, foldable technology that it’s packing.

The developer version of the handset starts at $1,318 (around £1,035, AU$1,850) for the 128GB version, while the 256GB developer FlexPai costs $1,469 (around £1,150, AU$2,060). More


By John McCann  techradar.com