In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, photo, Royole Corporation founder and CEO Bill Liu unveils what is described as the world's first commercial foldable smartphone called the Royole FlexPai during an event in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out such screens to make devices more versatile for work and pleasure. The foldable screens could increase display space to the size of a minitablet, but fold like a wallet so they revert to the size of regular phones. In an indication of how difficult it is to make a flexible screen that's also durable, Samsung first announced plans to build a folding-screen phone five years ago.It's not clear whether flexible-screen phones will have mass appeal, especially when the bendy devices are expected to cost more than $1,000 .Royole Corp., a small Silicon Valley company, is hoping to sell early versions of its FlexPai foldable-screen phone for $1,300-$1,500 once it comes to the U.S. something that won't happen until next year, at the earliest. Other foldable-screen phones running Google's Android software are expected to be available, too.Huawei confirmed last month that it is working on a phone with a flexible screen.
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