Read This Before Purchasing a New SmartPhone


Over 80% of cell phone users in the U.S. now own smartphones. Technology advances continue to drive the new sales of the latest devices. Samsung’s Galaxy and Apple’s iPhone series are the two market leaders with over 90 million users each.

As a technology and gadget buff, I normally upgrade my cell phone about once a year. At times more often than planned due to lost, water damage or other breakages. Yes, I recommend getting the insurance, but that’s another story. I now have the Galaxy Note 9 that cost as much as a premium tablet or laptop computer. After all, that seems to be one of the primary markets the smartphone is replacing.

While on the subject of laptops and cell phones, the latest surprise was the release of a true foldable screen phone called the FlexPai.  It’s manufactured and just released by a small tech company called Royole Technology, a Chinese firm based in California. So now it looks like a new smartphone player has entered the field, beating out the two top rivals Samsung and Apple and claiming the title as the first company to release a folding screen smartphone.

6-en_1000x1500.jpgAccording to the recent press release,  “The Royole FlexPai foldable smartphone provides mobile phone users with a revolutionary, different experience compared to traditional phones,” stated Dr. Bill Liu, Royole founder and CEO. “It perfectly solves the contradiction between the high-definition large-screen experience and portability, which introduces a whole new dimension to the human-machine interface. The phone’s inherent design will forever change the consumer electronics industry, as well as the way people interact with and perceive their world.”

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The FlexPai’s screen is one complete, fully flexible display with light, thin, colorful, and bendable features. Using Royole’s innovative and proprietary technologies ensures the FlexPai’s stability, reliability, and long life span, which have been fully verified by the company. FlexPai has passed bending, twisting, and tension tests over 200,000 times. The FlexPai can also be folded at different angles. On the software side, its unique Water OS automatically adapts different viewing modes for different folding angles and user scenarios, such as taking photos, office usage, video watching, gaming, and more.

FlexPai uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8-series flagship SoC, integrating most powerful AI and most advanced chip process technology. Its camera set-up is made up of a 20-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, that can be used for both normal photo shooting or taking a selfie, thanks to the dual view camera mode. Fast-charge is powered by the company’s own Ro-Charge technology, which delivers a speed increase of 40%. Other features are also readily available on the device, including expandable storage with MicroSD, fingerprint ID, USB-C charging, stereo speakers, and more.

Expect to fork out about $1300 if you want to buy one. You can visit Royoles’s website to read more about the FlexPai.

Personally, I would hold off a little and see what the rivals will do now. The 2nd and 3rd generations of any new tech device is always better and at times cheaper.

Contributed by; Martin J. Allred

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Martin Allred is a professional photographer and frequent traveler. His organization Nationwide Photographers provides Professional Photography throughout the USA and Canada. Martin is a native of New Orleans and currently resides in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
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