Foldable smartphones have come a long way and they’ll continue into the future with many companies joining in.
Currently, there’s only a handful and most of them are still not affordable to an average consumer not to talk of their practicalities.
Brands like Samsung are championing the development of affordable and practical foldable smartphones even in 2022.
With the likes of Google and Apple potentially joining the foldable smartphone race in the coming years.
But currently, there are a couple of companies in the foldable smartphone business already and that are expected to enhance the quality and the practicalities of these types of devices.
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Personally, I think Huawei would have been a close opponent to Samsung but since the Chinese tech giant got booted by the US government in 2019, the company has therefore moved away from Android and now utilize its own proprietary software called the HarmonyOS.
The new Huawei Mate 50 Pocket has a beautiful design and is very practical in terms of its durability and usability but due to their supply and demand as well as Huawei completely building its own ecosystem from scratch, Huawei’s foldable devices are very expensive at the moment.
But there are also the likes of Oppo Find N which is the smallest of them all. The design aesthetics of the Oppo Find N is similar to the regular design which includes an outwardly positioned 5.49-inch display and then an inward 7.1-inch foldable display.
Then there is the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold which is also a great alternative and has the same design language as the usual approach – a standard that Samsung has set in the foldable smartphone industry.
But the South Korean giant is still the leading force in the foldable smartphone market.
Samsung is so invested in this so-called future smartphone that it ousted the development of its Galaxy Note lineup for it.
Part of the championing effort of the company includes reducing the pricing of its recent Galaxy Z series including the current Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with the latter being more practical than ever while the former is now being positioned as a true multipurpose device for the business-minded people.
There is also Motorola which seems to have fallen from grace considering the fact that they championed the clamshell design with their RAZR Fold back in 2019 but the device fell out of favor with the general public.
What To Consider when buying a foldable smartphone in 2022
There is a number of things to consider when planning to purchase a foldable smartphone in 2022.
For example, practicality is a very important thing to consider considering the fact that these devices are quite fragile, unlike other slate form factors.
Then there is the pricing issue because current foldable devices are often ridden with high-end specifications and that is why they often come with an expensive price tag.
Foldable smartphones are not for everyone even if you can afford one – unless you’re willing to blow your thousands of dollars every month. For example, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 which appears to be the gold standard of foldable smartphones still comes with this delicate inner display that must be well protected against scratches that could potentially ruin the display panel.
Another thing is the hinge which despite being well-improved over the previous generations, the tiny gaps left when the device is folded can often be a place that harbors sands and tiny objects that can potentially ruin the device’s display.
One thing I’ve found interesting about Huawei’s foldable smartphones and why I think the Chinese brand would’ve been holding the position that the Galaxy Z Fold series are holding the sanctions on Huawei has limited how innovative the company can be.
They often have little to no noticeable crease when unfolded and when folded, there are little to no gaps at all between the folded screens which prevents debris from entering the device’s display and potentially ruining it.
But the reality strikes when you realize that you can’t use your beloved Google applications and services when you opt for a Huawei foldable device (and even most of their smartphones in 2022).
While some might say “why not give them a try after all Google handling our data isn’t trustworthy, to begin with”. The question then is “Are you willing to let a Chinese company harvest your data?”
There are other alternatives of course but the aforementioned brands make the best foldable smartphones on the market currently and despite their practicalities, they are still not for everyone.
The pricing factor
This is yet another interesting thing to consider when buying a foldable smartphone in 2022.
The truth of the matter is that they are still quite expensive compared to your regular smartphones.
While many companies are now making their own foldable devices which are expected to help drive down the price point eventually, current foldable smartphones have high-end specifications that place them among the premium flagship you would normally have to spend over US$1,000 to purchase.
But that number can even get insanely higher especially if you’re opting for the Hauwei Mate X2 as an example.
The device costs over US$2,000 and you will have to pay for shipping costs if you’re importing the device outside of China.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 on the other hand is about US$1,800, which is a slight price drop from its predecessor.
The same applies to the Galaxy Z Flip 3 which started with a base price tag of about US$999, earning it the most practical and affordable foldable smartphone when it was released back in 2021.
But because Samsung is still the leading force in the foldable smartphone market, the average price you’d pay for one of these devices can purchase 3 high-end mid-range smartphones.
But I’m not about to change your mind if you’re hell-bent on purchasing your very first foldable smartphone in 2022. Below, we have gathered a list of the best that you can purchase.
Galaxy Z Fold 3
Galaxy Z Flip 3
Huawei Mate X2
Huawei P50 Pocket
Honor Magic V
Oppo Find N
Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
7.6-inch (unfolded) Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
Android 11 OS
Snapdragon 888 Chipset
12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of storage
Triple 12MP rear camera setup
4400 Li-Po battery and 25W fast charging
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t necessarily the best foldable smartphone on the market in 2022 but it’s certainly the device that’s single-handedly championing the foldable smartphone era.
While the outward design of the smartphone was toned down a bit compared to its predecessor, the software functionalities of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G showed that it’s being targeted toward the multi-taskers and business-minded people.
Take, for instance, the device doesn’t necessarily have the best camera hardware compared to the Galaxy S21 Ultra which was released earlier but its prowess includes the ability to make use of multiple applications at the same time, have an undiluted overview of the data you’re consuming without any hindrance and so forth.
As for the technical specifications and features, you get a big display that is protected with plastic and glass mixture – which means it’s not as strong as a conventional smartphone but then you get other hyped-up features such as the high-performance Snapdragon 888 chipset and 12GB of RAM.
Samsung even experimented with an under-display selfie camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and many wondered if the company would take that technology to the next level with the release of the Galaxy S22 Ultra but we never got something like that.
The under-display camera is still in its infancy and there isn’t too much to be expected from it just yet.
Samsung also surprisingly dropped the price tag of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G by almost US$200 compared to its predecessor which had a US$2000 base price.
When closed up, there is a functional quite tall 6.2-inch display on the outside which is a pretty functional display but doesn’t look attractive by any means considering the asymmetrical bezels, especially by the left side – which is close to the hinges of the device.
Samsung upgrade the display this time around and loaded it with a faster 120Hz refresh rate, making it as useful as the inner display – even though all the beauty of the phone can be seen when it’s being opened up.
Why you should buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3
Those who want a smartphone that they can rely on in order to carry out their day-to-day activities can totally depend on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 thanks to all the goodies and interesting features that come with the device.
Even as a content creator on the internet, the need to constantly take selfie videos and great still photographs are still part of the capabilities of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 even though the attention of the device isn’t positioned towards its camera prowess but functionalities.
There is also support for the stylus pen. Samsung made a special S-Pen for the device and it comes with a soft tip that won’t cause any damage to the device. With that, you can expand your creativity and do much more with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 – because that’s what it’s made for.
Why you should NOT buy the Galaxy Z Fold 3
While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is becoming much more practical and usable thanks to continuous hardware and software upgrades, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is certainly not for everybody.
As mentioned earlier, it isn’t necessarily the best foldable smartphone on the market but it’s certainly the number due to the lack of strong competitors. However, for US$1,800 starting price, that is still quite a lot of cash to spend on a piece of fragile hardware when you can potentially grab yourself a real tablet from Samsung.
Another thing I don’t like is the asymmetrical outer display which often looks like a remote control when held. The size of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 isn’t very interesting until the device is unfolded.
Also, did I mention that Samsung is yet to get rid of the crease between the conjoined display (at the middle). This is something that Huawei and even the newcomer, OPPO have gotten rid but for whatever reason, there’s still a noticeable crease when the device’s display is unfolded.
Last but not least is the battery capacity. Although Samsung claims that the device is optimized to be power efficient, that doesn’t excuse the “tiny” 4400mAh battery on a device that literally has 3 AMOLED displays with a blazing-fast 120Hz refresh rate and a power-hungry Snapdragon 888 chipset and 5G network support. The battery just doesn’t add up considering the fact that the Galaxy S21 Ultra had a big 5,000mAh battery.
The fashion-centric flip smartphone, this device is one of the most beloved when it made its debut back in 2021 and that’s primarily due to its nice-looking design and its practicality.
Even though this is still fragile as the aforementioned Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is smaller and therefore easier to manage. The design was mocked after the Moto RAZR Fold and it’s the second generation of the Galaxy Z Flip series.
For the first time, the outer 1.9-inch AMOLED display next to the device’s camera system is useable and can be used as a viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.
Samsung also debuted this device with a US$999 price tag even though you can get the device for a little less now, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is definitely the “lite” version of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G.
The reason for that statement can be found across the device’s features and spec sheet. Noticeably, nearly all of the high-end features you would expect from a high-end flagship like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G were slightly trimmed off on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, hence the “lite” statement.
The features were so trimmed to the point that you get a smaller 3300mAh battery, smaller 8GB of RAM, and smaller 128GB base storage without support for microSD.
But for anyone looking for a cute smartphone that is elegant and affordable at the same time, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is certainly the go-to and that is why it’s our most beloved here at Brumpost.
Why you should buy the Galaxy Z Flip 3
If you’re a fashionista and need something to compliment your outward appearance, then the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G can be a great companion smartphone in 2022. I love the design aesthetics of the device and even though it’s trimmed down a bit, this is still a premium-grade smartphone with a 5G capacity, super-fast display, powerful chipset, and above-average camera capacity.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is the type of smartphone that will certainly get people’s attention wherever you go. Each time you flip it open and put it on your face to receive a phone call, people will definitely stare.
The device also comes in multiple color options such as the following: Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, Cream, White, Pink, Gray, Thom Browne Edition, Bespoke Edition, Wooyoungmi Edition, Dream White. There is even a special edition that is quite pricier but comes with extra hardware companions such as the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds.
Why you should NOT buy the Galaxy Z Flip 3
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G is a niche smartphone and if you don’t fall within that niche, you may find the device a bit frustrating. Take the 3300mAh battery as an example, most people would prefer a device with long-lasting battery life, depending on how often you make use of your smartphone, a 3300mAh Li-Po battery on a smartphone with a big 6.7-inch Dynamix AMOLED 2X might not be enough.
If this device can sport a bigger battery in its next update, certainly, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G will win more people’s heart especially if Samsung reduce the price point a little bit.
While I might be biased toward Huawei as a big fan of their products, the reality is that the Huawei Mate X2 is certainly one of the best foldable smartphones of 2022 and had the potential of kicking Samsung out of the top spot if not for the current sanctions the company is currently facing in the hands of the US government.
But that apart, Huawei succumbed to Samsung’s approach of foldable smartphones and even took it a bit further by making the Mate X2 much more usable and interesting at the same time.
When folded, you get a big 6.45-inch display on the outer part of the device which unlike the outer 6.2-inch display on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, is much more usable and looks like a complete smartphone and not a remote control.
Open the device up and you’ll see a bigger 8.0-inch foldable OLED display that has an unnoticeable crease at the middle. This is one part that which the Mate X2 supersedes the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Huawei had also been able to perfect the flatness of the device when folded leaving little to no gap at all between the display – which in turn protects the display from debris, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G.
But the hardware as well as the look and feel of the Mate X2 is where it all end. Currently, global users are still finding it hard to switch over to Huawei’s proprietary software, the HarmonyOS 2.0 even though the company has continued to expand its App Gallery store to include numerous applications.
Also, Huawei isn’t able to make a 5G variant of this device which is why it stuck with the 4G LTE network support. That is also another big No for some users considering the expensive price tag of the device.
Why you should buy the Huawei Mate X2
The device has a beautiful hardware design aesthetics and it’s also practical and comes with almost all the premium-tier hardware features found on the Huawei P40 Pro+ that was released a year earlier. For example, the Mate X2 has a quad rear camera setup that is arranged just like the ones on the P40 series as well as a powerful outer display that looks more like a complete smartphone without the foldable inner screen.
Huawei had also perfected the hinge technology on the Mate X2 to the point that there is often no gap whatsoever when the device is closed. Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Mate X2 is well sealed up against debris and tiny objects.
Why you should NOT buy the Huawei Mate X2
The price tag of the Huawei Mate X2 is about US$2500 and could cost much more if you are importing the device. With such a price tag on a device that has no 5G and Google-based Android operating system, many may find themselves questioning why they are even considering the Mate X2 in the first place.
Also, the device was announced in the Q2 of the year 2021, so it was carrying features from the company’s 2020 flagship, the P40 series. Although it’s quite practical, the price barrier as well as the device’s availability outside of China remains the biggest hindrance to the Mate X2 series and that is why you shouldn’t buy one.
HarmonyOS 2.0 (China), EMUI 12 (Europe), no Google Play Services
Snapdragon 888 4G (5 nm) Chipset
8/12GB of RAM and 256/512GB of storage
Triple 40MP rear camera setup
4000 Li-Po battery and 25W fast charging
Huawei is still certainly making smartphones and while the company may be in a very tight position currently (since 2019 actually), that hasn’t stopped the Chinese tech giant from innovating hence the new P50 Pocket.
This is a device that followed the clamshell design aesthetics perfected by Samsung and Huawei took it to another level. The fashion-focused device looks very luxurious in its outward design aesthetics and the software is also well designed and optimized to utilize every part of the device’s hardware.
As mentioned earlier, Huawei has perfected the hinge technology on its foldable smartphones to the point that they always remain flattened when folded. I think that’s something Samsung can learn from the Chinese brand apart from the insignificant crease on the device.
The Huawei P50 Pocket just like the Mate X2 took after an established device and this time around, it’s the Huawei P50 series with its dual circular camera modules at the back.
In the case of the P50 Pocket, there are two circles as well but only one is for the device’s camera while the second is the device’s outer 1.04-inch OLED display.
Huawei also took the P50 Pocket to Europe and sold the EMUI 12 (Android OS) version powered by the previous Snapdragon 888 chipset- because the Huawei P50 Pocket debuted back in December 2021.
While it’s not as expensive as the Mate X2, the Huawei P50 Pocket is still more expensive than your average flagship smartphone even in 2022 which is part of why the device is very niche-focused.
Why you should buy the Huawei P50 Pocket
If you think the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G isn’t sleek enough for you, then you can try out the Huawei P50 Pocket as it’s not just a perfect alternative but it comes with more offerings that make the device even fascinating to those who want a premium-tier flagship device with all the goodies one can expect in 2022.
The flat design and the dual circles at the back of the device add up to the beauty while the design pattern takes the fashion-focused P50 Pocket to another level.
In terms of hardware, the device is ridden with cool hardware and great outward aesthetics that place it among the top-tier smartphones money can buy. Did I also mention that this device sorts a bigger 4,000mAh battery compared to the 3300mAh on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G?
Why you should NOT buy the Huawei P50 Pocket
The device is unnecessarily expensive despite lacking some vital features in 2022. Even though Huawei excelled in the Hardware department of the device, the software is obviously lagging behind – even though Huawei is trying its possible best to create the best experience with its own Huawei Mobile Service or HMS as a perfect alternative to Google Mobile Service or GMS.
Huawei App Gallery still lacks some important applications that many in the west and other parts of the globe including Africa may find important. With that, the Huawei P50 Pocket may not be the best.
After leaving Huawei’s shadow, Honor has literally taken over from its former parent’s place in the smartphone market thanks to its enormous great products both in the mid-range and premium-tier arena all of which now sport the Google Mobile Service or GMS – something that has ruined Huawei’s business since 2019.
The new Honor Magic V is one of the best foldable smartphones in 2022 thanks to all the interesting quirks and features the device features including its powerful 7.9-inch OLED panel, its blazing-fast 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and 12GB of RAM.
The Honor Magic V is certainly in the league of its own in terms of design and features. It’s also a practical device that can serve content creators and business-minded individuals who want a device that can multitask effectively.
While Honor isn’t making its own stylus pen and the Magic V doesn’t support any, you can do much more with the device better still. The integration of the Magic UI 6 based on Android 12 OS is another big breakthrough that puts the Honor Magic V at the forefront in the foldable smartphone market which brings me to the last point which is competitiveness.
Why you should buy the Honor Magic V
As mentioned earlier, just look at the Honor Magic V as an upgraded Huawei Mate X2 with all the missing features such as 5G network capacity, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 12GB of RAM, Android with Google Mobile Service, and much more.
I also like the fact that the device is quite big enough and even though it can fit very much into the pocket when folded and the outer 6.45-inch FHD+ display is very usable without the need to constantly unfold the device.
Why you should NOT buy the Honor Magic V
The con of the Honor Magic V in my opinion is the practicality that applies to pretty much all foldable devices that still exist yet. I don’t necessarily think the device is overpriced considering its numerous features but as I’ve mentioned earlier, foldable smartphones aren’t for everyone.
The smallest of them all is the OPPO Find N and the device has attracted its own audience who think it’s the best alternative to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G. With cool design aesthetics and premium-tier features, the OPPO Find N is certainly one of the best foldable smartphones to consider in 2022.
Powered by the powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset with support for 5G, the device is certainly going to give the best performance experience thanks to the massive 256/512GB of storage that comes loaded natively on the device.
Its ColorOS isn’t entirely popular among users outside of China but the device runs the current Android 12 OS which is certainly a big plus for users in general.
Then there is a big 4500mAh Li-Po battery powering the device as well as a 33W fast charging capability that OPPO bragged would charge the device’s battery from 0% to 10 55% within 30 minutes or 100% in about 70 minutes.
A triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP wide primary sensor, a 13MP telephoto sensor, and lastly, another 16MP ultra-wide sensor all adds up to the photographic prowess of the device.
Why you should buy the OPPO Find N
If you prefer a smaller foldable smartphone that isn’t a clamshell, then you can basically opt for the OPPO Find N and you’ll have the best experience on the device out of the box.
Its big battery is another big plus and it’s something that many have found interesting about the device which is why as a consumer who wants a high-performing device such as a foldable smartphone, the battery capacity is one of the most important things that is always on the list of considerations.
Why you should NOT buy the OPPO Find N
The size of the device sort of defeats the whole purpose of making use of a foldable smartphone in the first place. In fact, there is a smartphone that is literally bigger than the OPPO Find N – I’m talking about Huawei Mate 20X 5G- which debuted back in 2019. That smartphone had a whopping 7.2-inch display and support for Huawei’s M-Pen.
Also, the price tag of the device isn’t necessarily outrageous but it’s quite pricey in my opinion. Just like other foldable smartphones in 2022, the OPPO Find N isn’t for everyone.
Xiaomi did try its own foldable smartphone back I’m 2021 and even though it isn’t s popular as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, it certainly caught the attention of Chinese users. The device comes with its own uniqueness as well as some Xiaomi aesthetics sprinkled across the exterior and software components of the device.
Powered by the powerful 5G Snapdragon 888 chipset coupled with 12 to 16GB of RAM and a huge 256 to 512GB of internal storage. As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi is a very generous Chinese company and that is always obvious with each device they release.
Still, on Xiaomi’s generosity, the Mi Mix Fold comes with a huge 5020mAh Li-Po battery with a super-fast 67W charging technology. This device can literally charge from 0% to 100% in under 37 minutes according to Xiaomi – and that is a big deal.
I feel like the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold isn’t getting enough hype compared to other competitors. I also love the design of the device even though the camera module seems to be mocked after that of the Redmi Note 11 series and that’s not a big deal.
The device is also the most affordable among the list of foldable apart from the Galaxy Z Flip 3 which is a flip device.
Why you should buy the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
There are a lot of interesting features that make the Mi Mix Fold an interesting smartphone despite being nearly one year old. It has a powerful chipset, a lot of storage and processing capacity, the battery is certainly one of its selling points and the price point will certainly get you tempted as well.
The device has all the interesting quirks and features that you can expect from a premium-tier flagship like this and that is why it’ll be the first choice, especially for Chinese users.
Why you should NOT buy the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
I honestly have nothing against the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold as it’s obviously perfect even though the fact that it’s a foldable device will still be its biggest drawback just like other foldable flagships on this list.
Hopefully, all the foldable devices that will be released in 2022 will become even more practical and powerful at the same time.
As you can see, these are the best foldable smartphones in 2022. It’s not like there’s a lot of alternatives to pick from considering the fact that these are basically the limited foldssble devices we have just yet.
While there are some other models such as the Motorola RAZR Fold, the Royole FlexPai 2, and even the Microsoft Surface Duo all of which are great devices in their own ways, the reason they are not on this list is because some of them aren’t as good as the ones on this list while the Surface Duo isn’t what I’d consider a truly “foldable” smartphone.
It’s more of a 2-in-1 smartphone just like the LG Velvet that has a secondary display that can attached or detached. However, as the year continues, smartphone makers will surely release newer versions of their current foldable flagships and we will surely update our list depending on how great the new releases are. And that is why you need to subscribe to Brumpost’s Newsletter in order to get updated constantly.
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