What’s more important for you: a smartphone, or a tablet? We believe they’re equally vital. A smartphone is useful as it fits in any pocket and it is comfortable to take it anywhere. But our eyes are often grateful to be looking at the larger-sized screen of a good tablet PC. Whether we’re watching movies, reading books or just chatting with friends – it’s always good to have a larger surface with more nuanced features to manipulate.
For ages, users dreamed of combining these two gadgets into one, and finally, their dreams have come true. Most premium mobile manufacturers have set a new trend – smartphone-transformers. They offer users multi-faceted devices that are foldable and work in 2 modes: tablet and phone.
The novelty was presented by such giants like Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, Huawei and Xiaomi. That being said, the real star of 2019 is Royole with their FlexPai. The rest of the companies have actually copied the original concept of a foldable phone from them, so as we pay respect to their insane gadget, let’s take a closer look at it.
FlexPai was presented to the public back in January. It’s a powerful handset that folds in half. Tablet mode is suitable for work and the smartphone transition is best for holding the device in one hand or fitting in your pocket.
When compared to samples of Royole’s business rivals, this phone loses the race. Essentially, it is two smartphones linked together by a 7.8-inch screen. It has an ugly rubber stripe on the back that lines up the folding. And let us be honest – their budgets pale in comparison to those of Samsung, Google or Apple.
Another minus is the shape it takes when folded. It turns out the phone does not become absolutely flat, which makes fitting it into the pocket pretty difficult, and users are mostly afraid of breaking it apart when it is in this mode. When it is open, there is also an issue with flatness, due to a big hump in the middle of the screen, which lots of users are annoyed by.
The price for this gadget is around $1300, but what exactly are we paying for? The phone is comes complete with a 7.8-inch screen (4:3 screen ratio and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,440). It is not too clear with a resolution like this, but it doesn’t feel especially below average either. With a pixel density of 308ppi, it can be good as any comparable gadget for a simple job. Playing games, however, might demand something of a higher resolution and quality.
The gadget runs on its own Water OS. It corresponds with Android 9.0. and is powered with 6GB RAM which is quite impressive for a regular smartphone. However, when it comes to a complex device that has to switch between being a tablet and a phone, 6GB is definitely not enough.
A 3800mAh battery packed inside feels kind of small for such an impressive device. Super fast charging is not something to expect from this handset. Ultimately, it sounds like we’re paying for innovation, which seems to be the only pro among a bunch of cons.