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
The best folding smartphones
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 selection is still limited. Komsomolskaya Pravda presents a rating of the best available for sale, based on user reviews and expert opinion.
Motorola Razr 5G
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.
With 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.
color OLED, touch, 6.2 inches
yes, color, 2.7 inches, OLED, 600×800
main camera (48 MP F/1.70), front camera (20 MP)
Advantages and disadvantages
Compact size when folded, large internal screen, fingerprint identification, fast charging function, interface customizable, light weight
There is no multi-window mode, moisture protection is not provided, insufficient battery capacity, 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 256GB
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3. Photo
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 that 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.
color OLED, touch, 7.6 inches
main cameras (ultra wide-angle 12 MP F/2.20, telephoto 12 MP F/2.40), front camera (10 MP)
Advantages and disadvantages
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 quickly discharges, it is inconvenient to take photos with an open phone
Screen: 7.6" (2208x1768) Dynamic AMOLED 120Hz
Built-in memory: 256 GB, 512 GB
RAM: 12 GB
3 cameras: 12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
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 different programs at the same time 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. There is a fingerprint scanner 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.
Advantages and disadvantages
Large screen unfolded, fast charging function, fingerprint scanner for identification, 360-degree hinge, digital writing pen, powerful process installed
Vertical stripe at the junction of the screens, the screen gets dirty quickly, no wireless charging, does not support contactless payment, Windows interface slows down applications, comes with only one camera, poor photo quality
3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 256GB
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3. Photo
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 stuck on the display, which cannot be removed, it gathers in a crease in the middle of the screen when the phone is opened.