Royole debuts FlexPai, the world's first foldable smartphone

This new tech could spell out the future of smartphones.

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The world's first commercial foldable smartphone is here, thanks to manufacturer Royole.

Yes, that's Royole with an "o," the company that's debuted the foldable phone called the "FlexPai." The company states that it's a tablet and a smartphone all in one and can be used folded or unfolded. It's very impressive, though the jury's out on how well it performs.

"The Royole FlexPai foldable smartphone provides mobile phone users with a revolutionary, different experience compared to traditional phones. It perfectly solves the contradiction between the high-definition large-screen experience and portability, which introduces a whole new dimension to the human-machine interface. The phone’s inherent design will forever change the consumer electronics industry, as well as the way people interact with and perceive their world," said Royole founder and CEO Dr. Bill Liu.

As far as specs go, it's rocking a 7.8 inch full-color display, 4:3 aspect ratio, and 920 x 1440 resolution along with a 20 and 16 megapixel cameras. There's currently a developer model available, though it's going to likely be quite some time before consumers get hold of it. The developer version is $1,318 which seems like a paltry sum for some fairly revolutionary technology in terms of the mobile world. The phones will ship in late December, so if that's something you're interested in having, check out the official Royole site for more details.

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Are you ready for the next evolution in smartphones? Looks like it's coming, whether we like it or not. 

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