The best folding phones for 2022: Motorola Razr 2020, Galaxy Flip, Galaxy Fold 2 and more

The phones are folded here and they make waves. From Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and Motorola Razr 2020 with 5G They may be two of the best known devices, but they are not the only ones worthwhile on the market. We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting foldable phones available today – and looked to the future.

From entering the mainstream consciousness at the end of 2018, folding phones could change the tech industry over the next few years, along with 5G. There is a lot of hype around these devices as they offer the compact size of a flip phone and the benefits of a smartphone.

The foldable phones on this list are just a hint of what is to come. The foldable screen will become thinner, the phone will be better able to manage battery life and mobile applications will use different display sizes. Plus, Google helped by pledging to provide Android support for folding projects. (Given some of the recent patent filings, it might even release its own foldable phone.)

In short, get ready for more foldable phones and foldable screen devices in the near future. Here are the brands that have flexible phones or are designed to join the folding craze.

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At the turn of 2019 and 2020, Motorola announced two flexible Razr phones at intervals of several months. this 2020 version is the better of the two. (I’ll cover more details on its predecessor later.) At a list price of $ 1,400 (£ 1,399, or around $ 2,470), this model has a 5G, 48-megapixel camera, more memory, and a faster Snapdragon 765G processor.

Read our Motorola Razr 5G review.

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The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold (more on that below) has improved many of the annoying features of the original. Aptly named Assembling the Galaxy Z 2the phone has a refined design and hinge mechanism, a 120Hz display and better application fluidity between the internal and external display.

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this Razr (2019) was a much anticipated remake of a classic Razr since 2004. Launched in November 2019, the first flexible Razr phone captured the interest of technology enthusiasts with its pioneering yet iconic design. (Back then, flexible phones were large and foldable like a book.) The phone had a 6.2-inch display, two cameras and a splash-proof housing.

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As a phone that started a common trend in flexible phones, Assembling the Galaxy Z gave a fascinating glimpse into the future of folding displays. Its generous 7.3-inch display grew like a tablet and had a total of five cameras. However, widely reported display issues prompted Samsung to improve the design in the next year.

Nubia Alfa

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Nubia, an affiliate company of a Chinese phone manufacturer ZTEtook the folding phone concept a step further with his Nubia Alfa. The device was introduced to the market for $ 449 (£ 360 or around $ 640) but has now been discounted at $ 299. It’s unique because it’s a phone that wraps around your wrist just like a smartwatch. It has a flexible 4.01 inch display, gesture control and a waterproof design. Its 5 mega-pixel camera can also record 10-second videos. However, it lacks a lot of app support and doesn’t have Instagram, Google Maps, or a web browser.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a phone that looks like an Alpha. In 2016 Lenovo he had a concept device called CPluswhich had a 4.26-inch display tilted at the wrist. Unlike CPlus, Alpha is a real device you can buy. Read our Alpha Nubia hands-on exercises.

Huawei Mate XS

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this Mate XS is a minor update to Mate Xflexible phone that was launched in 2019 but was only sold in China. However, the Mate XS will be available in other countries, including the UK. (Caused constant concerns about safety from the US government, it is unlikely that any Huawei phone will come to the US. While no official price has been established, the phone is expected to be around £ 2,200 (around $ 2,850 or AU $ 4,300) and has a more powerful display and the latest Kirin 990 processor. Read our Huawei Mate XS hands-on exercises.

Royole Flexpai 2

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Royole, a Chinese startup based in Fremont, California, despite not being a big tech name, was the first to sell a flexible phone. Its flagship device, Royole FlexPaiwas disclosed in November 2018 and started at $ 1,318 and £ 1209 (roughly $ 2,180 converted).

Its continuation, FlexPai 2debuted on March 24 and has 5G connectivity, a 7.8-inch flexible display and a Snapdragon 865 chipset. Read our first shot of Royole Flexpai 2.

What about other phone makers?

Other phone companies like Apple and Google have yet to release specific flexible phones, but there is evidence that they and others are exploring the concept. This is based either on official reports from the directors themselves or on patent filings. Take a look below at some of the companies that can jump on this trend with their own upcoming products.

Apple: Reportedly, with a patent pending

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In February, Apple once again updated his patent application for a flip phone with a foldable display and housing. In the most recent applications, the patent relates to “electronic devices with flexible displays and hinges”. These reports have been going on since the first Apple nine years ago, in 2011. Since then, rumors of a flexible iPhone keep coming back with every new updated document – filed in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and 2019 (pictured here).

But in keeping with its customary style, Apple has remained a mom in detail, and this year iPhone 12 the premiere came and went without any flexible phones. So far, nothing has resulted in any of these patents in the public eye, and there is no information as to what this device might be (or whether it will be a telephone at all) or the schedule for when to expect such products.

Google: Prototyping With Patent Pending

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In December 2018, a technology giant Google has filed a patent for a foldable device. The patent relates to “a folding display of a computer device and includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent front panel layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer sandwiched between the back stiffening layer and a transparent front panel layer.”

Fast forward to May 2019 when Google confirmed this was the case prototyping of folding technologybut I have yet to see a clear case of using foldable screens. Moreover, Google supports foldable phones from its Android operating system platform develop technology also in terms of software. With the launch Pixel 5, 4A 5G pixel and Pixel 4A this year we haven’t seen a flexible phone from google yet.

TCL: Confirmed

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Known mainly for its affordable price televisionswhich the Chinese technology company TCL is working on a series of collapsible deviceswhich contain two tablets (one of which folds three times!), two telephones and a cuff-shaped phone that you wear on your wrist. Even though it’s not a widely known name in the US, you can get to know TCL better with the other brands that own it, namely BlackBerry, Alcatel, and Palm.

All upcoming devices have flexible AMOLED displays that can bend due to what TCL calls it Dragon hinge. The hinge, patented by the company, allows the screens to be folded both inwards and outwards. TCL estimates the first foldable phone will be available in 2020 and could cost less than $ 1,000 – making it significantly cheaper than the Motorola Razr and both Galaxy foldable phones.

Xiaomi Dual Flex or Mix Flex: Confirmed

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In January 2019, the Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi introduced its foldable phone on the Weibo social media platform. Unlike other phones we’ve seen that only have one fold in the middle, the Xiaomi phone folds into three parts, with both sides folding downwards.

Xiaomi co-founder and President Bin Lin said the project was “practical and beautiful” and that it “perfectly combines the tablet and phone experience.” Specifications and pricing information have not been given, but Xiaomi is currently voting on two possible names: Dual Flex or Mix Flex.

LG: supposedly

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LG doesn’t have any foldable phones to announce yet, but we know the company is interested in several different forms and designs. For example, it has released many phones equipped with the attachment from the second screenwhich opens similar to Galaxy Fold: the LG Velvet, LG V60 (pictured here), LG G8X and LG V50.

It seemed unique LG wing too, which has one screen that rotates on top of the other, and it irritates another phone with a retractable, drop-down display. We also know that LG is working on technology for a flexible phone. In 2014, LG launched G Flex, a phone with a curved screen. And in CES 2019he showed off LG Roller TV which later went on sale.

In the meantime, however, these dual-screen accessories will have to do.

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