CES 2019 I just bent a smartphone in half without breaking it

first_img The idea of a bending, foldable smartphone display has been something the tech industry has been chasing for years, but none of the prototypes or wild concepts created in the pursuit of the flexible phone have made it to market.  At least not until now. Shortly after Samsung showed off its latest bendable display prototype, Royole revealed the FlexPai, telling CNET in November that it wasn’t a concept. It wasn’t a prototype. It was a real phone that was already for sale in China. Now, that same device is making the rounds at CES 2019 — and while it wasn’t the first time the bendable phone has graced the pages of CNET, it was the first time our most destructive prone editor got their hands on it. So, after years of resisting the urge to snap my favorite tablet in half just to see if I could make it bend, I finally lived the dream. I folded the FlexPai in half. Quickly. Violently. It was immensely satisfying — and when I was done, the tablet was perfectly fine.019-royole-flexpai-phone-ces-2019 Sarah Tew/CNET That, it seems, is half of the phone’s selling point. Yes, the FlexPai’s foldable display allows it to transform between phone and tablet form factors, but it also means that the device is less susceptible to screen damage. The flexible, plastic screen won’t crack or shatter in the way a glass display would, to the point that Royole calls it “virtually unbreakable.” That kind of durability is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, the phone experience isn’t.The Flexpai is technically an Android 9 device, but to make Google’s OS play nice with the phone’s unique display, Royole had bake in a some heavy tweaks. The resulting experience is called “Water OS,” named for the way icons seem to flow across the screen as it’s unfolded. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work — in practice, the phone often glitched out and changed apps as I unfolded it, the result of the screen reading my fingers on the opposite side of the fold as I bent the device. On the other hand, there’s a true delight in the FlexPai’s namesake feature. The plastic that encases the phone feels a little cheap, but the gimmick itself doesn’t. The bright AMOLED display looks stunning no matter which way you bend it. All told, the world’s first flexible phone is a very mixed experience. There’s a cathartic joy in being able to bend the device any which way, but it feels like an incomplete experience. It’s not a prototype, but it doesn’t feel like a device that’s fully ready for market, either. That’s probably why Royole is only releasing it internationally as a $1,318 developer kit — hoping to attract developers interested in what might be the future of flagship smartphones. Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See it Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Every time I pick up a new smartphone, tablet or gadget, I suddenly develop a mild case of sadism. “I bet I could snap this thing in half,” I think to myself. I never do, but that overwhelming urge to bend expensive technology in on itself never goes away. At CES 2019, I finally encountered a gadget that could bend to my destructive will: The Royole FlexPai. The world’s first foldable phone. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Google Samsung CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: $1,318 Royole FlexPai 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Phones Tablets 3:00 Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Royole FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone, bends…last_img read more

Ideal platform for talented artists

first_imgFor the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their masterpiece at private art galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi is going to organise an International Kala Mela (Art Festival). Artists and groups from any part of the world can showcase their art at this unique festival from February 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi. Administrator of the Akademi, CS Krishna Setty said, “This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale.” He says that earlier it was organized only at the national level. “It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the art galleries’. Setty, himself, is an artist of international repute who was recently honoured by the Russian Academy of Arts with its honorary membership. He further said that the Kala Mela shall not only showcase various art forms and precious work of art by the Indian artists but also endeavour to bring the best from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. Besides being one of the leading official platforms of Indian art, the Kala Mela is an attempt to be the first major event of international art in the country so far as the range and scale are concerned. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also education and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Kala Mela shall ensure that the contemporary art scene in India, in the sub-continent and the South Asian region gains visibility. It shall also offer an insight into the richness and diversity of these markets to the visitors from across continents. It will simultaneously allow the collectors and investors from this region to access global art in their backyard.The International Kala Mela shall exhibit the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography; mix media, prints, drawings and video art by celebrated and upcoming artists.last_img read more

Man arrested after woman sexually assaulted on train in Staffordshire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 30-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted on a train in Staffordshire. British Transport Police issued an appeal in March after the woman was targeted on the railway between Stafford and Nuneaton on March 1. Today (April 1), police confirmed a man from Stafford had been arrested and continued to urge anyone with information to get in touch. A British Transport Police spokeswoman said:  “Officers investigating a sexual assault on board a train between Stafford and Nuneaton have made an arrest in connection.  “The incident was reported to British Transport Police on March 1. “A 30-year-old man from Stafford has now been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault by touching. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries and police investigation.  “Officers continue to ask for witnesses to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 547 of 01/03/19.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive   or message us on   our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive  .center_img Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more