Today, the competition for the best foldable phone is getting fierce as numerous device makers try their hand at new and innovative smartphone designs. The foldable phones had their share of stumbles initially; however, the devices that have come out in the recent past have come closer to delivering the blend of productivity and portability that foldable designs promise. Based on the specifications, design, and several other parameters, here are the five best foldable smartphones you can buy in 2021.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
A Successor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has fixed its shortcomings and expanded on its design features. The device is foldable from the inside, with an external display for basic tasks and an interior full display that is exposed when unfolded flat. The main specifications of the phone include—a 7.6-inch primary display, a 6.2-inch secondary display, Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, 12GB RAM, 256GB internal storage (not expandable), a 4500 mAh battery, and 5G support. The smartphone starts at US$1999.
Huawei Mate Xs
The Huawei Mate Xs is Huawei’s successor to the Huawei Mate X. It is an upgrade in numerous ways, resulting in a more durable device that still has the same excellent core design as the original Mate X. The device is foldable from the outside with only a single external screen that is either unfolded flat for an 8-inch tablet-sized display or folded closed for a 6.6-inch format. It is also a powerful device with a high-end Kirin 990 chipset, 8GB RAM, 512GB Storage, a quad-lens camera (led by a 40 MP main sensor), a 4500 mAh battery, and a notch-free design. The smartphone costs around US$2750.
The LG wing is more like a rotating phone than a foldable one. Instead of opening up to reveal the second screen, you can swivel the main screen when you need the additional display—as it is placed behind the main display. The phone is loaded with features such as—a 6.8-inch primary display, a 3.9-inch secondary display, Snapdragon 565G chipset, 8GB RAM, and 256 GB internal storage. As one of the best dual-screen phones in the market, the LG Wing costs around US$1100.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
While the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is all about getting the work done, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G focuses on style. Repurposing the flip phone design that was popular nearly two decades ago, Samsung has boasted it with a foldable screen. The result is a compact device that fits neatly into your pocket with the ability to expand into a 6.7-inch screen when you flip the phone open. Some prominent specifications of the phone include— a 6.7-inch primary display, 1.1-inch secondary display, Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, 8GB RAM, 256 GB internal storage, 5G connectivity, etc. It is one of the more affordable foldable phones in the market with a price of US$1199.
Huawei Mate X2
Recently launched at an event in China, the Huawei Mate X2 is the latest addition to Huawei’s series of foldable smartphones. With the launch of Mate X2, Huawei has switched to an outward-folding design from their traditional inward-folding designs. The Mate X2 is loaded with significant features such as—an 8-inch primary display, a 6.45-inch secondary display, Kirin 9000 chipset, 8GB RAM, 256/512 GB internal storage, a five-camera setup with 50 MP primary camera, and a 4500 mAh battery with 55W supercharge. The smartphone comes with a starting price of 17,999 Yuan and will go on sale in China from February 25.