smartphones have primarily been regarded as the next evolution for smartphones, with large and small companies going after screens that bend and curve. To be fair, actual foldable phones are still far, and few, but companies have experimented with form factors that include flexible or multiple screens.oldable
After initial missteps, Samsung seems to be close to perfecting its devices, while Motorola resurrected one of its most iconic smartphones of all time.
On the other hand, LG has made phones with two screens, while Xiaomi has made a phone where the screen wraps all around the device. For the most part, 2020 was the year when things started picking up steam, and 2021 is perhaps going to make these devices truly mainstream.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Display: 6.2″ HD+ Super AMOLED Display (Folded) , 7.6″ QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display (Unfolded)
Processor: 7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor | OS: Android 10 | RAM: 12 GB | ROM(Internal Storage): 256GB | Battery: 4500mAh (typical) dual battery | Sim Card: eSIM and Nano SIM | Expandable Memory: No
Cover Camera: 10MP Selfie Camera
Rear Camera: 12MP Ultra-wide + 12MP Wide-angle + 12MP Telephoto Camera | Front Camera: 10MP Selfie Camera
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, Side | Headphone Jack: USB Type-C | Supports 5G: Yes
Color: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black
Samsung’s dream of a tablet that folds into a phone (or vice versa) seems to be much more evident in its second iteration. Compared to the Galaxy Fold from 2019, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 feels like a more confident and dependable device.
Yes, it still comes with many warnings and directions, but it definitely doesn’t feel like it’ll break at the drop of a dime anymore. Essentially, it’s a sturdier device than before, and everything feels much more seamless than the first version.
But that’s not the only reason why the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is better than its predecessor. The phone has a larger screen on the outside, which is more dependable and usable. With its miniature unusable 4-inch display, the original Galaxy Fold required users to unfold the device for almost every task. In contrast, with the Z fold 2, you get a 6.23-inch display that can easily let you send a quick text, read a document, and do more with the phone folded.
Speaking of unfolding the screen – the phone is much thinner now and hence more manageable than before. Samsung has also included a high refresh rate screen, making the interface and animations feel more seamless and professional.
Add to that the fact that Samsung has some nifty software innovations to optimize how apps can take advantage of the size, and you really do have a winner on your hands.
To be fair, there are still rough edges, and Samsung will need developers to take advantage of all its tweaks. Also, Google needs to add support for foldable phones to Android’s core systems, but it’s all coming together with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and it’s a phone that’s worth recommending if you don’t mind the price.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Display: 6.7″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display (Main display) , 1.1″ Super AMOLED Display (Cover display)
Processor: 7㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor | OS:Android 10 | RAM:8 GB | ROM(Internal Storage): 256GB | Battery: 3300mAh (typical) dual battery | Sim Card: eSIM and Nano SIM | Expandable Memory: No
Rear Camera: 12MP Ultra-wide + 12MP Wide-angle | Front Camera: 10MP Selfie Camera
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, Side | Headphone Jack: USB Type-C, with sound by AKG | Supports 5G: No
Color: Black Mirror, Gold Mirror, Purple Mirror
The South Korean smartphone maker has been a long-time market leader for a reason. The company is really leading the charge towards foldable and has a significant early mover’s advantage. Not only does it have a phone-tablet like model, but the Galaxy Z Flip also brings back the once-popular flip form factor.
And let’s face it, we all want phones to be this compact without losing the screen real estate for watching movies, reading books, and more. Well, Samsung and Motorola have the right idea, but the Galaxy Z Flip is the one that most of us prefer.
The Z Flip might be Samsung’s first flip smartphone, but it gets many things right. For instance, the shiny colors are stylish and will strike a chord with those who are fashion conscious. The clamshell design is near perfect in terms of pocket-ability, and the controls feel intuitive, if not completely seamless.
While the Galaxy Z flip doesn’t feature the same quality cameras as that of Samsung’s flagship phones, it can still be considered flagship-class. In fact, the Z Flip is hands down the better camera phone if you’re comparing it against the Moto Razr or Moto Razr 5G.
On the other hand, Samsung needs to figure out a way to make the hinge feel less tight and make the outside of this phone more useful. That said, if you’re into the clamshell design, then this is certainly a phone worth considering.
Moto Razr 5G
Display: 6.2″ OLED display | Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G processor | OS: Android | RAM: 8GB | ROM(Internal storage): 256GB
Battery: 2,800mAh | Sim Card: Nano & e-Sim | Expandable Memory: No
Rear Camera: 48 MP main camera | Front Camera: 20MP Selfie Camera
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes | Headphone Jack: No, USB Type-C | Supports 5G: Yes
Color: Polished Graphite
Everyone wants to cash in on the nostalgia for the clamshell design, but no one really has a better shot at it than Motorola. The company is known for two of the most iconic clamshell phones of all time — the Moto Razr and Moto Flip. Motorola rightly decided to bring the iconic device back with the Moto Razr 5G.
Samsung may have made a gorgeous phone with the Z Flip, but many would argue that the Razr looks vastly more stylish and just plain cool.The Moto Razr was originally a 2019 device, but the company came out with a new version this year, which adds support for 5G connectivity. The Razr solves the one problem we all had with the Galaxy Z Flip — the screen on its outside is actually usable and useful. Motorola also improved many aspects of the phone in the 5G version, including a better hinge.
On the other hand, the Moto Razr has an inconsistent camera, which is one of its most significant shortcomings. Additionally, the company refuses to put a flagship-class chipset on this device, and it’s noticeably slower when compared to flagship Android phones out there today. It’s still usable, but for the price you’re paying you definitely should be getting more.
Microsoft Surface Duo
Display: 8.1″ AMOLED Display (Full open display) , 5.6″ AMOLED Display (Cover display)
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Processor | OS:Android 10 | RAM:6 GB | ROM(Internal Storage): 128GB | Battery: 3577mAh (typical) dual battery | Sim Card: eSIM and Nano SIM | Expandable Memory: No
Camera: 11MP Camera
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes | Headphone Jack: USB Type-C | Supports 5G: No
Strictly speaking, the Microsoft Surface Duo isn’t a foldable phone, per se. That is, it doesn’t have one screen that folds into two halves. Instead, Microsoft decided to fit two screens side-by-side and make them work in unison. While that has challenges of its own, the Surface Duo is the first smartphone Microsoft has made since giving up on Windows Phone, so a lot is riding on this one.
The company wanted to make a phone that’s meant for productivity apps, and it has indeed taken a massive step in the right direction. That doesn’t mean the Surface Duo is the perfect device, but there’s enough here for early adopters to buy the device. Also, the thought behind this phone is clear, and if Microsoft can get developers involved, there’s a lot one can expect.
Despite being two different screens, the Surface Duo is a thin phone. Even folded, it doesn’t feel as thick or heavy as the Galaxy Fold 2, which is a big step in the right direction. It can run two apps simultaneously on the two screens and is fast enough to do that without significant lags that you will complain about. And it has dependable battery life as well.
While one of the biggest complaints with this device at launch was that its software was buggy, this is something Microsoft can fix through simultaneous updates.
It also has an absolutely terrible camera, and that indeed is a big miss. Even so, if you want a purely productivity-focused device, few can match the Surface Duo, now and in the long run. We can’t wait to find out what the second version of this device will be like.
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