Foldable smartphones with flexible touch displays have long been a reality. Many manufacturers began to develop this direction, releasing gadgets of various designs and sizes. In 2022, top foldable smartphones are offered by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and Motorola. Consider models that really deserve attention.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
This foldable Samsung smartphone was created using Dynamic AMOLED 2X, a technology that supports frequencies up to 120 Hz. The size of the internal screen is 7.6″, and the diagonal of the external screen is 6.2″. The display has a floating frame rate that adapts to the image on the screen:
- in games — 120 Hz;
- in the menu and settings — 90 Hz;
- in TV shows — 60 Hz;
- in films — 30 Hz;
- when reading — only 1 Hz.
Auto-changing frequency saves battery power. Even with active use of the phone, the battery lasts all day. It charges very quickly — in 25 minutes up to 50%. From 0 to 100% it takes about 1.5 hours.
The smartphone has one original mode of operation. If the display is not fully opened, but only 90 °, the upper part of it will act as a screen, and the lower part will turn into a keyboard or control panel. When you open the camera application, professional settings will appear below, when working with text — a keyboard, in a video player — buttons and a rewind bar.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 has a discreet selfie camera. It was not built into the cutout, as is usually the case, but placed under the display. The quality of pictures taken with this camera is slightly lower than with traditional non-hidden lenses, but the entire display area is used. When playing games or watching videos, there is no round black notch that would distract the user.
The Fold is the smartphone that replaced the Note series in Samsung’s flagship lineup. Smartphones support the proprietary S Pen stylus, but you need to buy it separately. S Pen support is also implemented in the flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 is available in basic and Pro versions. The main feature of the latter is support for gesture control from a distance of up to 5 meters. This feature allows you to give presentations, remotely control the camera, adjust the volume of music or activate the voice assistant.
- waterproof housing with IP68 protection;
- large high-quality screen;
- floating frequency up to 120 Hz;
- S Pen support.
- poor quality of pictures taken on a selfie camera;
- big weight (271 g).
Huawei Mate X2
At the beginning of 2021, Huawei showed a new foldable touch phone — Mate X2. Its predecessors were Mate X and Mate XS. This model is not yet sold on the Russian market, but it can be bought in China. There are two versions — 256 and 512 GB.
Unlike the two previous models of foldable smartphones, Mate X2 began to fold the display inside. Also, the body added strength. When folded, it looks like a thin smartphone with a 6.45” OLED display. The screen size when unfolded is 8”. It is one of the largest gadgets in its class.
Huawei Mate X2 is powered by a powerful Kirin 9000 chip, which is famous for energy efficiency — it saves battery power, coping with all the tasks assigned to it. Also on board is 8 GB of RAM and a 4500 mAh battery. Implemented support for fast charging from a standard 55 W power supply.
The advantages of a smartphone users include a high-quality camera and good sound. A stereo system with two speakers was installed in the smartphone. There is also a face unlock and a fingerprint scanner.
- powerful energy-efficient Kirin 9000 chip;
- large 8‑inch screen;
- compact dimensions when folded;
- good camera.
- Google services are not working.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
The next Samsung foldable phone on our list is the classic flip phone of 2022. The body is made of quality materials. For example, the frame and hinge are made from aerospace aluminum alloy. It is so strong that it is almost impossible to scratch it.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and the smartphone also meets IP68 dust and moisture protection standards. This means that the phone can be immersed in water up to one and a half meters for 30–60 minutes.
The smartphone has a small external screen with a diagonal of 1.9”, which displays phone numbers for incoming calls, messages and time. You can also use it when creating a selfie on the main camera.
The diagonal of the main screen when unfolded is 6.7”. The gadget can be bent halfway at 90°, and then the lower part will turn into a stand with a control panel when watching videos or adjusting the camera. But the keyboard, as in the Galaxy Z Fold3, is not here.
- compact dimensions;
- protection against dust and moisture IP68;
- quality body materials.
- no keyboard when the screen is folded 90°.
Motorola Razr 5G
In 2020, the company created a second foldable phone, the Razr 5G. It fixed the mistakes of the predecessor. For example, they implemented support for regular SIM cards, not just eSIM.
Motorola Razr 5G screen size is 6.2”. This is an OLED screen that folds down to a very compact size of 91.7 x 72.6 x 16mm. A small additional display was placed on the outside, which allows you to read messages, see the numbers of incoming calls, and control the audio player. Not the most powerful processor to date, Snapdragon 765G, was installed in the smartphone. The amount of RAM is 8 GB, and the built-in memory is 256 GB.
The smartphone has a 48-megapixel camera. You can also take selfies on it — in this case, an external screen is used. There is also a separate front module for 20 megapixels. The battery capacity is small — 2800 mAh. This is due to the compact body.
The body frame is made of aluminum, the hinge part is made of stainless steel, and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone has NFC support and built-in fingerprint scanner.
- compactness when folded;
- taking a selfie with the main camera;
- quality body materials.
- not a flagship processor.
- small battery capacity.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
In the spring of 2021, Xiaomi introduced its first foldable smartphone, which many fans of such gadgets immediately wanted to buy. Mi Mix Fold has made a strong competition to the flagships from Samsung. It folds with the screen inside, and the mechanism can withstand up to 1 million opening and closing cycles. On average, a user opens a smartphone from 150 times a day. The most active do it up to 300 times. Even in the second case, 1 million cycles will last more than 9 years.
The internal screen is an 8.01″ AMOLED matrix, which is comparable to the competitor Huawei Mate X2. The smartphone has worked well multi-window mode. It can use the entire display area while performing multiple tasks at the same time. The display is divided in half, or all open windows can be placed in different places. The external AMOLED display has a diagonal of 6.52”.
A powerful Snapdragon 888 processor was installed in the smartphone. The amount of RAM depends on the version — 12 or 16 GB. The size of the internal storage for files is 256 or 512 GB. Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold is equipped with a powerful 5020 mAh battery with fast charging up to 67 watts.
The smartphone has three cameras on the back of the case: a 108MP main camera, a 13MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP depth sensor. There is also a 20MP front camera. The smartphone has been sold in the domestic Chinese market for a long time, and fans of the series are looking forward to the new product — Mi Mix Fold 2. The presentation should take place in the second half of 2022.
- large display at 8.01”;
- quality cameras;
- powerful processor and a good supply of RAM.
- officially not sold in Russia.
If two or three years ago, foldable smartphones seemed like a curiosity to many, now they are actively gaining popularity and are sold all over the world, including in Russia. For users looking for a compact device, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 or Motorola Razr 5G will do. For those who want to get a full-size folding smartphone, we can recommend Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold, Galaxy Z Fold3 from Samsung or Mate X2 from Huawei.