Samsung to reveal foldable Galaxy phone this week

Royole Releases the World’s First Commercial Foldable Smartphone

Royole Releases the World’s First Commercial Foldable Smartphone

Chinese company Royole has (just barely) beaten the Korean electronics giant to the punch with its FlexPai (pronounced "flex-pie") handset, the first foldable phone you'll actually be able to buy.

At the moment, there is little we know about Samsung's foldable smartphone.

Samsung's foldable smartphone announcement is expected at company's upcoming annual developer conference being held in San Francisco between November 7 and 8.

Koh added that the company was "focusing on developing innovations that will be genuinely accepted and liked by consumers" for the foldable phones.

A folding smartphone has been one of the most persistent rumors in recent weeks.

Samsung made it pretty obvious yesterday that it is taking foldable displays a priority. The phone has been codenamed as Valley and victor also. Speculation running wild might well have promised a device that won't come to fruition for a while to come, although I truly hope I'm wrong. Naturally, there has been no hint of a price tag, but you can guarantee that buying the foldable phone will not be something that your wallet will thank you for.

The developer model of the FlexPai is available now for €1,388.00 on the Royole site. The dual-camera setup is on par with other smartphone leaders with its 20-megapixel telephoto and 16-megapixel wide-angle lenses, as well as stereo speakers and a fingerprint ID - features that define smartphones nowadays. The 4.58-inch display is located on either side of the front or back of the product when folded. It is also not clear at the moment that on which Android version will the smartphone run on and how much battery will it pack. There was a noticeable delay when rotating the screen or folding or unfolding the phone. But until that happens, it's very hard to get excited about a foldable phone that costs more than $1300 and won't have reliable software.

That could change, especially if more mainstream phone makers like Samsung start making flexible phones as well.

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