Mumbai: Beating major players Huawei, Samsung and others, Royole Corporation, a California-based start-up operating since last six years, has launched FelxiPai - what it claims is the world’s first foldable smartphone.
The Royole FlexPai mobile phone was unveiled at a conference in Beijing on Wednesday. It was later made available to consumers in a flash sale on Thursday. Priced from 8,999 to 12,999 yuan ($1,295.49 to $1,871.33), the company said it would start delivering the phones in December, according to CNBC.
Royole, a six-year-old components manufacturer, said FlexPai would “subvert people’s perception of traditional smart phones,” functioning as a portable device and a high-definition large screen tablet, with the capability to support dual-screen use.
During the press conference, Bill Liu, founder and CEO of Royole, also announced that the firm would invest 200 million yuan into global firms that would develop apps and software for the device.
“The Royole FlexPai foldable smartphone provides mobile phone users with a revolutionary experience compared to traditional phones,” CNBC quoted Liu as saying.
Announcing the launch, Royole Corporation on its Twitter handle wrote: "Introducing the world’s first foldable smartphone, a stylish combination of a mobile phone and tablet with a fully flexible screen: the Royole FlexPai!"
Introducing the world’s first foldable smartphone, a stylish combination of a mobile phone and tablet with a fully flexible screen: the Royole FlexPai! For more information, please visit: https://t.co/MWdBBP9rUm pic.twitter.com/VmgOtOAkeU— Royole Europe (@Royole_Europe) October 31, 2018
Interestingly, before the launch of FelxiPai by Royole Corporation, there was wild speculations that either Samsung or Huawei will be the world's first mobile phone manufacturer to launch bendable smartphone. However, reports now said Samsung is expected to launch its foldable version only by the end of the onging year.
While the world is celebrating the launch of FelxiPai, LG - another leader in the smartphone industry, according to leakers, is set to launch foldable smartphone in January 2019.
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