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Will 2018 be the year that begins era of foldable smartphones?

With Google announcing that it will extend Android support to phones with foldable screens, only time will tell whether they are a passing fad, or here to stay.

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'Taller, better and faster' is what dictated the design aesthetic of smartphones for the past decade. What also occasionally created a buzz in tech circles was the possibility of foldable phones. Concepts attributed to big names like Samsung, LG and Huawei would spread like wildfire on social media timelines, only to die out with no hint of a release. (Image: Reuters)
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'Taller, better and faster' is what dictated the design aesthetic of smartphones for the past decade. What also occasionally created a buzz in tech circles was the possibility of foldable phones. Concepts attributed to big names like Samsung, LG and Huawei would spread like wildfire on social media timelines, only to die out with no hint of a release. (Image: Reuters)

After toying with the concept for years, what surprised everyone was not when the foldable phone released, but rather, who released it the first. China-based technology startup Royole has launched the FlexPai — a tablet that the company claims can be folded once by 180 degrees. (Image: Company website)
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After toying with the concept for years, what surprised everyone was not when the foldable phone released, but rather, who released it the first. China-based technology startup Royole has launched the FlexPai — a tablet that the company claims can be folded once by 180 degrees. (Image: Company website)

The company’s website claims that the Developer Model will come with a full-colour flexible display, a dual camera set up at the back with a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 20MP telephoto lens and powered by a 3,800mAh battery. The FlexPai runs on a 2.8GHz, octa-core Qualcomm chipset, which could perhaps be the yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 855/ Snapdragon 8150 processor for flagship phones. The tablet runs on an Android 9 Pie, with a custom Royole’s Water OS 1.0 interface. The FlexPai Developer Model would come in 128GB and 256GB variants priced at a whopping $1,588 for 128GB (Rs 1,14,931.50 as of November 8) and $1,759 for 256GB (Rs 1,27,290.04 as of November 8) (Image: Company website)
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The company’s website claims that the Developer Model will come with a full-colour flexible display, a dual camera set up at the back with a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 20MP telephoto lens and powered by a 3,800mAh battery. The FlexPai runs on a 2.8GHz, octa-core Qualcomm chipset, which could perhaps be the yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 855/ Snapdragon 8150 processor for flagship phones. The tablet runs on an Android 9 Pie, with a custom Royole’s Water OS 1.0 interface. The FlexPai Developer Model would come in 128GB and 256GB variants priced at a whopping $1,588 for 128GB (Rs 1,14,931.50 as of November 8) and $1,759 for 256GB (Rs 1,27,290.04 as of November 8) (Image: Company website)

Twitter user Ice universe demonstrates the phone's responsive interface while testing out a game on the tablet. The game adjusts itself from the tablet’s 7.8 inches to the 4-inch setup after a single fold. The tablet seems to be a working prototype, as the folding mechanism of the phone does not seem to take place all the way, leaving a gap in between. The screen also seemed to be flickering while folding, kinks which hope to be ironed out before its expected launch in December. (Image: Company website)
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Twitter user Ice universe demonstrates the phone's responsive interface while testing out a game on the tablet. The game adjusts itself from the tablet’s 7.8 inches to the 4-inch setup after a single fold. The tablet seems to be a working prototype, as the folding mechanism of the phone does not seem to take place all the way, leaving a gap in between. The screen also seemed to be flickering while folding, kinks which hope to be ironed out before its expected launch in December. (Image: Company website)

Samsung also released a concept foldable phone on November 7 that uses a display technology that the South Korean company calls an Infinity Flex Display. With Google also announcing that it will release operating systems compatible with foldable phones, only time will tell whether they are a passing fad, or here to stay. Pictured here is Justin Denison, Samsung Electronics senior vice president of Mobile Product Marketing, unveiling the phone during the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. (Image: Reuters)
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Samsung also released a concept foldable phone on November 7 that uses a display technology that the South Korean company calls an Infinity Flex Display. With Google also announcing that it will release operating systems compatible with foldable phones, only time will tell whether they are a passing fad, or here to stay. Pictured here is Justin Denison, Samsung Electronics senior vice president of Mobile Product Marketing, unveiling the phone during the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Nov 13, 2018 11:24 am
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