Samsung Galaxy Fold is generally regarded as the world’s first foldable smartphone but in reality, as early as the end of October last year, Royole Technology launched the first foldable smartphone dubbed “FlexPai”. By December 2018, the company put the smartphone on presale. Today, Royole Technology officially announced that the first batch of FlexPai officially launched at Tmall and it has been sold out. Royole did not disclose the stocking volume of the first batch. The next round of sale is scheduled for 10 am on May 9.
The Royole FlexPai comes in three variants 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 8GB + 512GB which costs 8999 yuan ($1337), 9998 yuan ($1486) and 12999 yuan ($1932) respectively. The thickness of the FlexPai is only 7.6mm. It is a 7.8-inch second-generation AMOLED flap flexible screen independently developed by Royole Technology (4.3 inches when folded) flexes. At the same time, the FlexPai comes with a “soft charging” technology independently developed by Royole Technology. The official said that it can be filled up to 80% in one hour.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to be the world’s first mass-produced foldable smartphone but this has not materialized due to design flaws. Huawei Mate X, another released foldable phone is scheduled to hit the market in June. With the Royole FlexPai already sold out, it is now the first foldable smartphone in the world to hit the market.