In November, just days before Samsung teased its flexible displayÂ phone, Royole burst onto the scene with theÂ Flexpai, the worldâ€™s first bendy phone. Sadly, demos were held in San Francisco, and I was in New York. By the time I found out, there simply wasnâ€™t enough time for me to get there.
Thankfully, Royole brought the FlexPai to CES 2019, and I finally got to check it out. Unlike Samsungâ€™s teaser, the Flexpai isnâ€™t a prototype, itâ€™s somethingÂ you can buyÂ right now if you donâ€™t mind dropping a cool $1,320. That said, youâ€™d have to be delusional to buy in because while the idea behind bendy devices is super exciting, the FlexPai falls flat.
Without even considering its general specsâ€”which arenâ€™t really notable aside from its 7.8-inch flexible AMOLED displayâ€”the Flexpai has a lot of issues. Even when its screen is fully open, the Flexpai is never truly flat. Its screen often has a bump or a slight ripple in it, a likely side effect of multiple bending sessions. Meanwhile, actually closing and opening its display is a constant struggle. And on a couple occasions, just bending that display caused the Flexpai to randomly turn off.