Best foldable smartphones 2022

At the heart of the pro­duc­tion of smart­phones with a fold­ing or flex­i­ble screen is a tech­nol­o­gy that allows not only to increase the screen area, but also opens up new user oppor­tu­ni­ties. Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da offers a selec­tion of the best fold­ing smart­phones, tips for choos­ing, as well as an expert com­men­tary on whether such a smart­phone can replace a tablet or lap­top
Best foldable smartphones 2022
The best fold­ing smart­phones. Pho­to: pix­abay

Fold­able smart­phones come in two types. The first are two inter­con­nect­ed screens. Unfold­ing, they turn into one, while in the mid­dle you can see the bor­der of the con­nec­tion, which divides the image with a ver­ti­cal stripe. The sec­ond — with a flex­i­ble sol­id screen, fold­ing in half.

And in those, and in oth­ers, the screens are rotat­ed by spe­cial hinges by 180 degrees, and in some mod­els by 360 degrees. In all these smart­phones, you can expand one appli­ca­tion to two screens and get a large image or use mul­ti-win­dow mode — up to three appli­ca­tions at the same time. Some of the lat­est mod­els come with a dig­i­tal note-tak­ing pen that mim­ics writ­ing with a reg­u­lar pen. It should be not­ed that devices with a flex­i­ble OLED dis­play have low bat­tery life due to high pow­er con­sump­tion.

Fold­able smart­phones are a new cat­e­go­ry of smart­phones on the mar­ket, and the choice of them is still lim­it­ed. Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da presents a rat­ing of the best avail­able for sale, based on user reviews and expert opin­ion.



Editor’s Choice

Motorola Razr 5G

Motorola Razr 5G.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
Motoro­la Razr 5G. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

When fold­ed, the smart­phone looks like a clas­sic clamshell, it is thin and com­pact. When unfold­ed, its inter­nal screen has a diag­o­nal of 6.2 inch­es. When the phone is fold­ed, noti­fi­ca­tions are vis­i­ble on the out­er small screen. The smart­phone has two cam­eras: main and front. When the screen is fold­ed, the main cam­era becomes front-fac­ing, and you can take self­ies. There is 256 GB of inter­nal mem­o­ry for stor­ing infor­ma­tion, and 8 GB of RAM for fast appli­ca­tions.

Using the My Inter­face fea­ture, you can cus­tomize the phone con­trols in a way that is con­ve­nient for the user, such as ges­tures for man­ag­ing appli­ca­tions and the size and shape of desk­top icons. On the back pan­el there is a fin­ger­print scan­ner for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the own­er. The bat­tery is not very capa­cious — 2800 mAh, but holds a charge for 24 hours, and with the help of the fast charg­ing func­tion, bat­tery life is restored for 4 — 5 hours in a few min­utes.

Main characteristics

Screen col­or OLED, touch, 6.2 inch­es
Addi­tion­al screen yes, col­or, 2.7 inch­es, OLED, 600×800
Built-in mem­o­ry 256 GB
Cam­era main cam­era (48 MP F/1.70), front cam­era (20 MP)
Bat­tery 2800 mAh

Pros and cons

Com­pact size when fold­ed, large inter­nal screen, fin­ger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, fast charg­ing func­tion, inter­face cus­tomiz­able, light weight
There is no mul­ti-win­dow oper­a­tion mode, there is no pro­tec­tion against mois­ture, insuf­fi­cient bat­tery capac­i­ty, the vol­ume keys pro­trude far beyond the edges of the case and cling to oth­er objects

Top 6 best foldable smartphones in 2022 according to KP

1. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
Sam­sung Galaxy Z Fold3. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

When fold­ed in size, it is an ordi­nary smart­phone with a screen diag­o­nal of 6.2 inch­es, when unfold­ed, it is almost a tablet (7.6 inch­es). The dis­play does not have a hole for the front cam­era, which inter­feres with watch­ing video. The main and sec­ondary cam­eras work in self­ie, night, por­trait and cin­e­ma modes. The user inter­face is intu­itive, rem­i­nis­cent of work­ing on a per­son­al com­put­er. The smart­phone is equipped with an elec­tron­ic pen S Pen, which real­is­ti­cal­ly imi­tates writ­ing with a reg­u­lar pen.

Flex mode (flex­i­ble) splits the screen into two parts, while at the top you can view con­tent, and at the bot­tom you can take notes. On the big screen, you can open up to three appli­ca­tions at once and do sev­er­al things at the same time. The nec­es­sary appli­ca­tions are installed on the smart­phone, how­ev­er, if you wish, you can install addi­tion­al ones. The man­u­fac­tur­er claims that the main screen can with­stand up to 200,000 open­ings and clos­ings.

Main characteristics

Screen col­or OLED, touch, 7.6 inch­es
Built-in mem­o­ry 256 GB
Cam­era main cam­eras (ultra wide-angle 12 MP F/2.20, tele­pho­to 12 MP F/2.40), front cam­era (10 MP)
Bat­tery 4400 mAh

Pros and cons

Equipped with a pow­er­ful proces­sor, the screen is pro­tect­ed from dam­age, with­stands up to 200,000 open­ings
Not all appli­ca­tions switch to land­scape ori­en­ta­tion, there is no fast and wire­less charg­ing func­tion, it is not sup­plied with a charg­er, when two screens are work­ing at the same time, the bat­tery runs out quick­ly, it is incon­ve­nient to take pho­tos with an open phone
Large screen phones

Mobile enter­tain­ment may be skep­ti­cal, but the demand for large screens is very high

2.Microsoft Surface Duo

Microsoft Surface Duo.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
Microsoft Sur­face Duo. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

The smart­phone con­sists of two sep­a­rate screens, com­bined with a hinge into one with a diag­o­nal of 8.1 inch­es. On such a large screen, you can run one appli­ca­tion or simul­ta­ne­ous­ly dif­fer­ent pro­grams on each of the dis­plays. When view­ing video on two screens, a ver­ti­cal strip is vis­i­ble at the junc­tion. The hinge rotates up to 360 degrees so that the device can be fold­ed in half with the screen fac­ing out. At the top of the right pan­el there is a rear cam­era, which, when you turn the device towards you, can be used for self­ies.

The bat­tery holds a charge up to 15 hours, with the help of the fast charg­ing func­tion it is ful­ly restored in 90 min­utes. A fin­ger­print scan­ner is locat­ed at the end of the case, but the con­tact­less pay­ment func­tion is not sup­port­ed. The smart­phone is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 855 proces­sor, sup­ports the Sur­face Pen (dig­i­tal pen) func­tion for tak­ing notes.

Main characteristics

Screen 8.1 inch­es
Built-in mem­o­ry 256 GB
Cam­era 20 MP
Bat­tery 3577 mAh

Pros and cons

Large size unfold­ed screen, fast charg­ing func­tion, fin­ger­print scan­ner for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, 360-degree hinge, dig­i­tal writ­ing pen, pow­er­ful process installed
Ver­ti­cal stripe at screen junc­tion, screen gets dirty quick­ly, no wire­less charg­ing, no con­tact­less pay­ment sup­port, Win­dows inter­face slows down apps, comes with only one cam­era, poor pho­to qual­i­ty

3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
Sam­sung Galaxy Z Flip3. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

This smart­phone has an orig­i­nal design, it is sim­i­lar to the first clamshell phones. It’s small, light and fits in your pock­et. The smart­phone is equipped with two cam­eras: the main one with phase detec­tion aut­o­fo­cus and opti­cal sta­bi­liz­er and wide-angle. The front cam­era is locat­ed in the mid­dle of the screen at the top, which inter­feres with video view­ing. The cam­eras have a night mode, a blur­ry back­ground, but there is no macro mode. There is a pro­tec­tive film on the dis­play that can­not be removed, it gath­ers in a crease in the mid­dle of the screen when the phone is opened.

The smart­phone has a tight hinge that allows you to fix it in any posi­tion. The fin­ger­print scan­ner is com­bined with the pow­er but­ton, there is also user iden­ti­fi­ca­tion by face. There is 256 GB of inter­nal mem­o­ry for stor­ing infor­ma­tion, there is no slot for an addi­tion­al mem­o­ry card. The device is ener­gy-inten­sive, the bat­tery can­not main­tain high auton­o­my, and the device is very hot in the upper part of the case.

Main characteristics

Screen col­or AMOLED, 6.7 inch­es
Built-in mem­o­ry 256 GB
Cam­era main cam­eras (12 MP F/1.80, 12 MP F/2.20), front cam­era (10 MP)
Bat­tery 3300 mAh

Pros and cons

Wid­gets are avail­able for the exter­nal screen, the main screen is anti-reflec­tive and has good col­or repro­duc­tion, the cam­eras sup­port sev­er­al pho­to modes, the exter­nal screen is pro­tect­ed by scratch-resis­tant glass, a tight hinge is fixed in any posi­tion
No mem­o­ry card slot and 3.5 mm head­phone jack, a hole for the front cam­era on the screen inter­feres with video view­ing, low bat­tery life, no fast and wire­less charg­ing func­tion, heats up in the upper part of the main screen, does not come with a charg­er

4. ZTE Axon M

ZTE Axon M. Photo: market.yandex.ru
ZTE Axon M. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

This mod­el con­sists of two screens con­nect­ed by a hinge, capa­ble of mul­ti­task­ing: one appli­ca­tion for two dis­plays or dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions for each of them. The screen is 6.75 inch­es when unfold­ed and 5.2 inch­es when fold­ed. The device is con­ve­nient for view­ing maps or read­ing books in tablet mode. The smart­phone is equipped with a sin­gle cam­era with aut­o­fo­cus and opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion, and the built-in mem­o­ry of 256 GB will save all the nec­es­sary files.

The fin­ger­print scan­ner is built into the pow­er but­ton locat­ed at the end of the case. The phone sup­ports 4G LTE, which pro­vides excel­lent qual­i­ty and speed of mobile Inter­net. A pow­er­ful bat­tery guar­an­tees bat­tery life up to 24 hours, there is also built-in wire­less charg­ing. How­ev­er, the Android 7.1 oper­at­ing sys­tem is installed, which is not updat­ed in the future.



Main characteristics

Screen 6.75 inch­es
Built-in mem­o­ry 256 GB
Cam­era 20 MP
Bat­tery 3180 mAh

Pros and cons

Abil­i­ty to work in mul­ti­task­ing mode, use as a tablet, built-in mem­o­ry 256 GB, sup­port for 4G LTE for high speed mobile Inter­net, bat­tery life up to 24 hours, comes with a fin­ger­print scan­ner, built-in wire­less charg­ing
Android 7.1 oper­at­ing sys­tem is not updat­ed, small amount of RAM, does not sup­port fast charg­ing and con­tact­less pay­ment, only one cam­era mod­ule, a ver­ti­cal black bar at the junc­tion of two screens when unfold­ed

5. HUAWEI Mate Xs

HUAWEI Mate Xs.  Photo: market.yandex.ru
HUAWEI Mate Xs. Pho­to: market.yandex.ru

This smart­phone is an improved ver­sion of Huawei Mate X and is sim­i­lar in design to its pre­de­ces­sor. The screen when unfold­ed has a size of 8 inch­es, which makes it look like a tablet. When fold­ed, it is equal to the area of ​​​​the main screen — 6.6 inch­es, it is con­ve­nient to car­ry it in your pock­et. The screen is pro­tect­ed from scratch­es and stains by a two-lay­er poly­mer. The flex­i­ble OLED dis­play deliv­ers vibrant and rich col­ors. The smart­phone runs on the Kirin 990 proces­sor, and in com­bi­na­tion with 8 GB of RAM, resource-inten­sive appli­ca­tions and games run almost instant­ly.

The cool­ing sys­tem effi­cient­ly removes heat, so that even dur­ing inten­sive work, the per­for­mance is con­stant. Two inde­pen­dent inter­faces allow you to work with two appli­ca­tions at the same time, for exam­ple, make record­ings and view videos or social net­works. A pow­er­ful quad cam­era can be used both as a main cam­era and as a self­ie cam­era. The 40 MP lens will take a high-qual­i­ty pho­to even in the dark, pre­serv­ing all the small­est details. Thanks to the new Huawei Super­Charge tech­nol­o­gy, two bat­ter­ies are charged in 30 min­utes to 85%, the bat­tery holds a charge for up to two days, but wire­less charg­ing is not pro­vid­ed.

Main characteristics

Screen col­or OLED, 16.78 mil­lion col­ors, touch
Dis­play unfold­ed — 8″ (2480×2200), fold­ed — main screen 6.6″ (2480×1148), addi­tion­al screen 6.38″ (2400×892)
Built-in mem­o­ry 512 GB
Cam­era 40 MP F/1.80, 16 MP F/2.20, 8 MP F/2.40
Bat­tery 4500 mAh

Pros and cons

Mul­ti-win­dow mode with inde­pen­dent inter­faces, pow­er­ful 8‑core proces­sor and RAM sup­ports resource-inten­sive appli­ca­tions, fast charg­ing func­tion, bat­tery lasts up to two days, effi­cient cool­ing sys­tem, pro­tec­tive screen
Not sup­plied with wire­less charg­ing, no mois­ture pro­tec­tion, no Google ser­vices installed, pro­tec­tive film peels off at the fold, pro­tec­tive case cov­ers one of the cam­eras

6. ROYOLE FlexPai

ROYOLE FlexPai.  Photo: global.royole.com
ROYOLE Flex­Pai. Pho­to: global.royole.com

This device is the world’s first fold­able smart­phone, and pre­ced­ed sim­i­lar phones from Sam­sung and Huawei. Its hinges rotate 180 degrees, with­stand up to 200 thou­sand open­ings and clos­ings (the man­u­fac­tur­er says this). Unlike new­er mod­els, this smart­phone folds with the screen out­ward, because of this, the like­li­hood of dam­age to the screen is high­er. The size of the unfold­ed screen diag­o­nal­ly 7.8 inch­es. This phone is pow­er hun­gry, but one of the screens can be turned off to con­serve bat­tery pow­er.

The device is equipped with the Water OS oper­at­ing sys­tem devel­oped by Roy­ole, which is a mod­i­fied ver­sion of Android 9.0. Android apps work with the new OS, but not all of them open to full screen. The smart­phone has a 16MP wide-angle cam­era and a 20MP tele­pho­to lens. There is a fin­ger­print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion func­tion, slots for two SIM cards, but there is no 3.5 mm head­phone jack.

Main characteristics

Screen Flex­i­ble AMOLED, 7.8 inch­es
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Plat­form water OS
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 855
Cam­era main cam­eras (16 MP), tele­pho­to lens (20 MP)
Bat­tery 3970 mAh
The weight 320 g
Dimen­sions 134x190.3x7.6 mm

Pros and cons

There is a fin­ger­print scan­ner, two slots for SIM-cards, the hinge can with­stand a large num­ber of turns, one of the screens can be turned off to save bat­tery pow­er, the screen is large
Folds screen out­ward, some appli­ca­tions do not open in full screen, is heavy, no head­phone jack, small amount of built-in and RAM, no mem­o­ry card slot
Smart­phones with 5G

Fast Inter­net is a real­i­ty of our days, with­out it it is already dif­fi­cult to imag­ine every­day life

How to choose a folding smartphone

Fold­able smart­phones are quite expen­sive devices. Before buy­ing, you need to deter­mine what tasks it should solve. If the whole point is to increase the screen area, then it may be worth buy­ing a reg­u­lar smart­phone with a large dis­play or a tablet. If you need to expand the user expe­ri­ence while main­tain­ing the porta­bil­i­ty of the gad­get, buy­ing a fold­able phone is jus­ti­fied.

When choos­ing a par­tic­u­lar mod­el, you should pay atten­tion to the fol­low­ing main points:

  1. How open­ing and clos­ing cycles with­stands the hinge of the phone. In the lat­est mod­els of the com­pa­ny — man­u­fac­tur­ers guar­an­tee up to 200 thou­sand screen rota­tions with­out break­age. This is approx­i­mate­ly equal to five years of trou­ble-free oper­a­tion at 100 cycles per day.
  2. Avail­abil­i­ty screen pro­tec­tor from dam­age. Most fold­able phones have the small screen fac­ing out­wards, so a qual­i­ty anti-scratch coat­ing is a must.
  3. Bat­tery life. Since fold­able phones are ener­gy con­sum­ing, you need to pay atten­tion to bat­tery capac­i­ty, hav­ing a sep­a­rate bat­tery for each screen, and the abil­i­ty to turn off one screen to save bat­tery.
  4. Avail­able small screen fea­tures. In some mod­els, only noti­fi­ca­tions are dis­played on this screen, on oth­ers, you can launch appli­ca­tions.
  5. Cam­era Loca­tion. The self­ie cam­era is built into the mid­dle of the upper part of the main screen and cov­ers part of the image when watch­ing a video.

Accord­ing to user reviews, the fin­ger­print and face recog­ni­tion func­tion, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of con­tact­less pay­ment, the pres­ence of a head­phone jack and slots for a mem­o­ry card mat­ter.