back to article Royole shows off sequel to world's first foldable phone – the panned Flexpai – with no Colombian coke lords in sight

In late 2018, Shenzhen startup Royole released the world's first commercially available foldable phone – the Royole Flexpai. Reviews weren't great, with one journo describing it as "charmingly awful". It only really entered the public consciousness due to the antics of Escobar Inc, which rebadged the Flexpai and sold it for £300 …

  1. Snake Silver badge

    Classically awful paragraph

    Not really, it could have been worse: they didn't use "optimize market synergies" in the entire paragraph.

    But keep reading that press release, it's bound to be in there somewhere.

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Classically awful paragraph

      How about "A new paradigm to optimize market synergies moving forward."?

      I got pitched an investment "opportunity" from a wannabe startup this afternoon ... On the bright side, there is still beer.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    But is "foldable" any good?

    I've always had a lot of complaints when I demonstrate for my thing folds up.



    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: But is "foldable" any good?

      I get criticism when mine won't fold.



      1. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

        Re: But is "foldable" any good?

        Mines fine both folded and in full size. But always feels a bit flimsy when I between....



    2. HildyJ Silver badge

      Re: But is "foldable" any good?

      Mine tends to look like the image from El Reg's article. Definitely not good.

  3. Shadow Systems Silver badge

    It's not the first foldable phone.

    My folding FlipPhone is over a decade old.

  4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge


    "This means the device will be flatter when folded, thereby reducing the footprint in your pocket."

    Not it won't. Footprint is a measure of area, not volume. It simply means your trouser bulge won't be so big. And that's not something an early adopter with too much cash to splash is going to want.

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