Competition for the best foldable phones is heating up as a growing number of device makers try their hand at new and innovative smartphone designs.
While the first foldable phones had their share of stumbles, the devices that have come out in the past year have come closer to delivering on the blend productivity and portability that foldable designs promise.
We expect to see a lot more foldable phones this year, as more companies come out with new devices. But the newcomers will have a high bar to clear thanks to the early work put in by Samsung, LG and others.
We’ve tested a number of foldable phones to find out where they excel and where they still come up short. Here’s our look at the best foldable phones you can buy right now.
What are the best foldable phones?
The best foldable phone you can buy right now is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, which corrects many of the mistakes that dogged the original Fold when it launched in 2019. More importantly, Samsung has introduced improvements to multitasking that finally make the case for getting a foldable phone — you really can do more with the larger display.
space, you just swivel the secondary panel into place. It sounds pretty weird, but the Wing proved its worth in our testing.
The jury’s still out on the other major foldable phone release, the Motorola Razr 5G. While we certainly appreciate the blast-from-the-past design, the original Razr failed to live up to the hype. This new model, which introduces several key improvements while also adding 5G connectivity, just arrived in stores, so we’re waiting to review it still.
The best foldable phones
5. Motorola Razr 5G
A foldable blast from the past
Main screen size: 6.2 inches (2142 x 876) | Secondary screen size: 2.7 inches (800 x 600) | CPU: Snapdragon 765G | RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB | Size, opened: 6.7 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches | Size closed: 3.6 x 2.9 x 0.63 inches | Weight: 6.77 ounces
4. LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen
Cheapest dual-screen option
Main screen size: 6.4 inches (2340 x 1080) | Secondary screen size: 6.4 inches (2340 x 1080) | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM/Storage: 6GB/128GB | Size, opened: 6.27 x 5.96 x 0.33 inches | Size closed: 6.27 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches | Weight: 11.42 ounces
3. LG Wing
Best dual-screen phone
Main screen size: 6.8 inches (2460 x 1080) | Secondary screen size: 3.9 inches (1240 x 1080) | CPU: Snapdragon 765G | RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB | Size, opened: Not applicable | Size closed: 6.67 x 2.93 x 0.43 inches | Weight: 9.74 ounces
1. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
The best foldable phone you can buy
Main screen size: 7.6 inches (2208 x 1768 pixels; 120Hz) | Secondary screen size: 6.2 inches (2260 x 816 pixels) | CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus | RAM/Storage: 12GB/256GB | Size, opened: 6.2 x 5 x 0.27 inches | Size closed: 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.66 inches | Weight: 9.9 ounces