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Best foldable phones 2022: The four top choices we’ve reviewed

Looking to try something a little different with your next phone upgrade? Then chances are you may want to check out foldables, a new-ish category of smartphones that come with clever folding screens.

But which to get, and can you trust that the screens will last? Sadly, the answer is, not always. Based on our experience using every foldable we could get our hands on since the original generation Galaxy Fold, we can confirm while folding screens are cool, not all of them offer the best user experience.

Whether it’s a nifty folding clamshell like the Galaxy Z Flip 4, or a phone-come-tablet like its sibling, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, foldables are still a very young technology that come with a few quirks.

These can range from apps not displaying correctly due to the device’s screens atypical aspect ratios to quality issues that make it all too easy to break the devices with surprisingly little effort.

This is why we’re yet to score any foldable more than 4/5 when we’ve had them in for testing and a key reason we recommend most buyers opt for a traditional flagship. You can see a selection of some of the most impressive we’ve tested in our best iPhone, best Android phone and best phone buyers’ guides.

However, if that doesn’t put you off and you won’t bend to our advice, keep reading. In this list we’ve detailed the top performing foldables we’ve tried and tested.

Best foldable phones at a glance

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

The best high-end foldable phone
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Pros

  • Smart UI tweaks
  • Camera no longer an issue
  • The form factor really does work

Cons

  • Lack of apps making true use of the big inner screen limits usefulness
  • Crease and thick body remain from the previous iteration
  • Price still puts it out of reach for most

Samsung dominates the foldable market and while there are others available from the likes of Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi they’re far from widely available.

Samsung’s latest edition of its flagship foldable – the Z Fold 4 – is the finest one we’ve reviewed to date. It matches the Galaxy S22 Plus for camera skills, packs a smattering of smart software tweaks to make it a far more productive device than the S22 Ultra. It also doesn’t seem to suffer from any of the durability issues that plagued some previous entries, thanks to an improved hinge and stronger glass.

There are two OLED displays here, a smaller outer panel and a larger internal one. Our reviewer said the internal display was fantastic for detail and colour reproduction, and there’s S Pen support for doodling and drawing.

The 4400mAh battery got our reviewer through a busy day, even if they did wish the charging was a little faster. You’ll need a full 90 minutes to get from 0-100%.

If you’re after a foldable that’s a little cheaper, and a little smaller, there’s the Z Flip 4. This is Samsung’s other foldable and it mimics the look of a classic flip phone.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

The best clamshell foldable
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Pros

  • The best small phone around
  • Battery life improvements
  • Clever camera tricks

Cons

  • Battery life still could be better
  • Cover Screen is good, but functionality is better on the Razr
  • MInimal upgrades over the previous model

The most consumer-friendly foldable worth buying is the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and its our pick as the best clamshell foldable. It might not be packed with as much tech as the pricier Galaxy Fold 4, but it’s a safer buy for many.

Compared to the outgoing Z Fold 3, the changes are minimal and if you invested last year you shouldn’t feel much need to upgrade again. The Z Fold 4 has a newer, faster Qualcomm chip inside, tougher glass and a slightly thinner display bezel.

The biggest update though is the battery. The cell is now larger, and paired with the more efficient chipset really helps the endurance out here. While we struggled to get through the day with the Z Flip 3, we got around 10% extra juice per day with this updated model and that makes all the difference. It’s got faster charging too, but you will need to provide your own plug.

Samsung hasn’t drastically improved the cameras hare. You’ve still got two 12MP sensors on the lid, and another inside, and they all take reliabe snaps. Low-light is improved this time thanks to a larger main sensor and more focus on low light modes, but the lack of an optical zoom means cropping in isn’t the best around.

The Cover Display provides a handy small display for checking notifications, keeping an eye on timers and skipping through songs. It’s not as feature-rich as the panel on the Moto Razr though, and you can only use apps supported by Samsung.

The Z Flip 3 is still available and would remain a good pick if you can find it cheaper, especially as the upgrades here aren’t massive.

Reviewer: Max Parker

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 review

Motorola Razr (2022)

Best foldable for nostalgia
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Pros

  • Creaseless inner display
  • Sharp, saturated photos
  • Flagship Snapdragon processor

Cons

  • Still no wireless charging
  • Limited zoom capabilities
  • Low IP rating

Motorola introduced its first foldable take on its classic Razr V3 back in 2019 with the Razr (2019), but the phone’s mid-range specs left us wanting more. The Razr (2022) improves on many of the areas in which the Razr (2019) fell short, making it one of the best clamshell foldables available right now, alongside Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Like the Z Flip 4, the Razr has two screens – a 6.7-inch foldable display and a smaller cover screen on the front. In Motorola’s case, the cover screen comes in the form of a 2.7-inch Quick View display designed to show notifications, offer access to basic apps and make it possible to use the camera without flipping open the phone.

The Razr has traded in the chin and centered camera designed to induce nostalgia in the 2019 model for a more seamless design with a dual camera array in the corner.

The camera consists of a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor capable of producing sharp images with punchy colours and 8K video. There’s also a third punch-hole camera on the inner screen for selfies and video calls – though you always have the option to use the Quick View display and rear cameras for sharper results.

The Razr (2022) runs Android 12 and packs the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. This is a step up from the 710 found in the Razr (2019), bringing with it 5G connectivity, and the chip performed well in our benchmarking tests.

The phone packs a 3500 mAh battery and support for 30W fast charging, though there’s still no wireless charging on board. The IP rating also falls short of its competition with only an IP52 water-repellent rating to protect it.

However, the Razr (2022) is a capable phone with plenty of high-end specs that comes in at £50 less than the Z Flip 4.

Reviewer: Hannah Davies
Full review: Motorola Razr (2022)

Huawei P50 Pocket

Best camera
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Pros

  • Great camera
  • Distinctive foldable design
  • Large, sharp inner display

Cons

  • Very small outer screen
  • No access to Google Mobile Services
  • No 5G connectivity

The Huawei P50 Pocket follows a similar blueprint to the Z Flip 3, using its foldable screen as a way of recreating a classic clamshell-style phone. Huawei’s entry isn’t as durable as Samsung’s and it lacks Google apps (we’ll delve deeper into this later) along with 5G but it does have a very good camera, excellent display and a lovely design.

As is often the case with Huawei’s phones, the camera here is king. Our reviewer found Images were very good, packing in plenty of detail without adding too much post-processing. Colours remain natural and vivid.

We also prefer the internal screen here to the one on the Samsung Z Flip 3, mostly down to the lack of a really obvious crease across the middle. Our reviewer commented on how immersive the 6.9-inch OLED screen was, especially when watching media.

Sadly this phone does have a big issue, and that’s the lack of Google apps and no access to the Play Store. If you rely on Docs, Gmail and other big apps you’ll struggle here. It’s a shame, and Huawei’s own app alternatives still can’t quite match up with quality or quantity. Availability is an issue too, so you might have find innovative ways of finding this phone if you want to buy it.

Reviewer: Peter Phelps

Full review Review: Huawei P50 Pocket review

FAQS

Is Apple going to make a foldable phone?

Apple hasn’t released or announced any intention to make a foldable phone yet, however rumours swirl that we’ll see a big play for this category from the Cupertino company in the coming years. For now, all the best foldable phones run on Android.

What other foldable phones are coming out?

This is likely going to be a busy year for foldable phones, with Samsung expected to launch a number of devices in its Z Fold and Z Flip line. There could also be another Moto Razr and Huawei has recently announced the Mate Xs 2.

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Spec comparisons

These are all powerful phones, with good specs. For pure spec-power though, the Z Fold 4 comes out on top.

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Test data

You can see a detailed breakdown of all the test data we collected reviewing the phones in this list in the table below.

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