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One of the goals for nearly every tech company has always been fitting more into less space. That’s exactly what folding phones accomplish. They maximize real estate when you need them, and fold into a convenient form factor when you don’t. At least, that’s the premise behind folding phones.
Microsoft is joining the folding phone party with the new Microsoft Surface Duo, the company’s first folding phone, and first phone offering in four years. It sports a dual-display design — basically two displays fold out into the size of a tablet but has smartphone capabilities. As exciting as this new folding phone is, it’s not the first to hit the folding phone scene. Companies like Samsung and Motorolla have had foldable phones out for a while now.
That got the SPY team thinking, “what are the best folding phones for sale in 2020?” There aren’t a ton of options, and they are all fairly expensive (you can get a brand new iPhone SE for way cheaper), but folding phones are here to stay, and if you want to be an early adopter, below you’ll find the best folding phones available right now.
1. Microsoft Surface Duo
You can pre-order the new Microsoft Surface Duo before it is released on September 10, 2020. Two 5.6-inch displays connected by a 360-degree hinge fold out into an 8.1-inch display (the bezels are pretty thick) mini-tablet. Since the hinge can fold either way, you can even fold the displays into tent mode to view content on a countertop or those tiny airplane trays.
The screens can work together and independently like dual monitors on a computer. You can have your email open on one screen and your texts open on another. You can even use a stylus on the device for increased productivity.
The dual mics with noise suppression will certainly increase productivity during Zoom calls, but Microsoft opted for a single camera design on the internal display, so it’s to-be-determined if it can hold up with the likes of multi-camera premium phones.
If the $1,399 price tag for 128 GB of storage doesn’t scare you away, you could be possibly getting one of the best foldable phone offerings we’ve seen to date.
2. Samsung Galaxy Fold
Unlike the Microsoft Surface Duo, the Galaxy Fold connects two displays (there is virtually no seam when you unfold to a tablet), for a seamless 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. Samsung uses what they call “app continuity” to create uniformity between the folded and unfolded version of the phone. So, when you’re watching videos on YouTube and decide you want a bigger screen, just unfold the phone and enjoy the app on the larger display automatically.
The Galaxy Fold sports six cameras — definitely on the other end of the spectrum from Microsoft’s approach. The rear cameras sport three lenses that are comparable to the iPhone 11 Pro as well as two cameras on the large display and a single “selfie” camera on the front of the smaller display. It covers all of your photo needs and provides 512 GB of storage to store all those photos and videos.
3. Motorola Razr
The smallest form factor of the foldable phone group is the Motorola Razr. Instead of folding out into a mini-tablet, it folds down into a palm-sized device so you can quickly check your messages and notifications. When you unfold the device, you get a full-screen display that is slim and sleek. And since the hinge is on the inside of the display, you get a seamless foldable display experience.
Having a sweet, tiny form factor does have its drawbacks. For starters, the phone’s camera system isn’t up to par with that of premium phones, and neither is the chipset inside, making it run slower than other premium phones. Are you willing to pay top dollar to hang-up phone calls by closing your phone?
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung’s rebuttal to the Motorola Razr features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display. The crease in the middle is more noticeable compared to the Razr, but it does have a few more tricks up its sleeve. Like, when the phone is half open, you can use the top and bottom sections as two separate screens. And the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor is a better performer comparatively. Adding to that are two 12MP wide-angle cameras that aren’t as great as a premium iPhone or Google Pixel, but it’s better than the Razr.
The Razr does have that nifty little screen that provides notifications when your phone is closed, something Samsung can’t do, but outside of that, the Samsung is a better version of a compact foldable phone.