Last year was the year of the foldable smartphone. Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei have already introduced their new foldable models, and others are about to follow. But who is flexing it best? We take a look at the best foldable smartphones you can buy in 2020.
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Motorola Razr 2019
- Huawei Mate Xs
- OPPO's foldable phone
- Xiaomi Mi Flex
The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's clamshell smartphone and probably the most practical foldable phone you can buy today. In terms of using a foldable phone as your daily driver, Samsung has gotten closest to building a device that both has a foldable display and is not too fragile or cumbersome.
The hinge on the Z Flip is really impressive and solidly built, and the 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display feels and looks much better than some of the other displays we've seen on the market so far. Samsung uses a very thin and flexible glass for its display here, and you can really feel the difference compared to plastic foldable displays.
Under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 855+ with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, a 3,300 mAh battery, Android 10, and enough camera hardware to cover most bases. Performance is good enough for almost all of your daily needs on the Galaxy Z Flip, although the clamshell phones do not lend themselves well to gaming in general. If it's style you are going for, you are onto a winner with this foldable smartphone.
Of course, the Galaxy Fold, Samsung's first folding smartphone, should not be missing from this list. The manufacturer was the first to present this at its unpacked event on 20 February 2019, which has caused great amazement.
The unit has two separate screens: a 4.6-inch external display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and a 7.3-inch foldable screen that folds out like a book. The Galaxy Fold has a completely different design than the Royole FlexPai or the Huawei solution for the Mate Xs, for example. With Samsung, the foldable display is protected by the case when closed.
Under the hood works the Snapdragon 855, which also powers the Galaxy S10+. In addition, there is 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, while the power is provided by a 4,380 mAh battery, which is divided into two parts due to the folding design.
From a software perspective, Samsung has worked closely with Google to create a new experience, especially from a multitasking perspective. So you can run and use three apps at the same time.
The Galaxy Fold is available now. The selling price is a whopping $1,980. Despite the huge price tag, Samsung says it has already sold more than one million Galaxy Folds, making the South Korean company's first foldable smartphone a bit of a hit. There's also a 5G version available for $2,299.99.
Motorola is doing things very differently than Samsung. Rather than have a huge display that folds up into a smartphone-sized device, Motorola has gone for a regular smartphone-sized display that folds up into a compact, pocketable package. We tried it, and we liked it.
The display that folds is a 6.1-inch P-OLED and there's a 2.7-inch OLED display on the outside for reading notifications and doing simple tasks, just like on Samsung's foldable phone. The chipset is a Snapdragon 710 with 6GB of RAM, so not exactly a top-spec device in terms of hardware. Still, the Razr brand has a lot of good credit in the bank from its feature phone days, and there's no doubting that the Razr 2019 is the slickest, coolest foldable smartphone in terms of design.
The downside to the Motorola Razr 2019 is that despite being less powerful than the Galaxy Fold, it still costs $1,499, although you can often find deals on this smartphone for as little as $999 in the United States.
Huawei's Mate X was unveiled at this 2019's Mobile World Congress, making it number two out of the door behind Samsung. Huawei then followed up the foldable smartphone with a sequel, the Mate Xs. The first thing that catches the eye with this folding smartphone is the fact that it has a single display and can, therefore, be bent outwards differently than the Galaxy Fold.
When fully open, the Mate Xs offers access to a large 8-inch display, while when folded it looks like a 6.6-inch smartphone. Huawei integrates all buttons, connectors, and the cameras in a side panel that also serves as a handle, so that the smartphone can be held securely even when unfolded.
At first glance, the Mate Xs looks like the better folding smartphone compared to the Galaxy Fold - also due to its compatibility with the 5G network. But of course, it is still too early to make a real judgment. The main problem with the Huawei Mate Xs is that it does not come with Google apps and services. You'll have to find workarounds or use the Huawei App Gallery, and that's a deal-breaker for some customers.
Although the Chinese manufacturer OPPO has not officially presented a foldable smartphone, OPPO already had its own working prototype in its luggage at the press conference of MWC 2019.
The peculiarity of the foldable OPPO smartphone is the more than great similarity to the Mate Xs of Huawei. To be exact, both are almost identical, at least as far as it can be seen thanks to some pictures published by the manufacturer himself. As far as the hardware components are concerned we, unfortunately, do not have any information.
But we will have to wait a while before we can see the OPPO model in action and learn more details. The battle for the best folding smartphone has definitely begun and the manufacturer shows that it also has a lot to offer.
One of the newest and most innovative folding smartphones you could expect soon is that of the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. The first prototype that the company's president shows in a video published via social media points to a concept in which the display can be bent on two sides.
Check out this special video from #Xiaomi President and Co-founder Bin Lin, showing off a very special phone prototype... 😎— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) 23. January 2019
What does everyone think we should name this phone? 🤔#InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/1lFj3nM7tD
Instead of folding the smartphone to half its size like the Mate Xs, the finished Mi Flex (name not confirmed) could be folded outwards on the left and right sides. This would transform the device into a much more compact smartphone with a square look that is unusual but innovative.
What do you think about the current range of folding smartphones? Which one do you like best?