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The best foldable phones in 2024

With so many options, it's hard to pick out the best foldable phones of 2024, but we've got some advice based on devices we've tried and tested.

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If you’re looking for a list of the best foldable phones in 2024, you’re in the right place. With more big brands like Honor and OnePlus now competing against the likes of Samsung and Google Pixel, it’s a hotly contested field, but with our advice, you should be able to make an informed decision when buying your next folding phone.

Luckily, we here at Pocket Tactics have bags of experience with mobile phones, so we know the difference between a good and handy piece of tech versus a gimmicky dud. At MWC 2024, foldables were once again all the rage, and we have gone hands-on with most of the handsets on this list, so we know how usable they are in hand. Just keep in mind that this isn’t a list of the best flip phones, that’s a completely different kettle of fish.

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OnePlus Open

The best foldable phone overall.

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OnePlus Open specifications:
Displays 7.82 inch 120Hz foldable AMOLED (2268 x 2440), 6.31 inch 120Hz OLED (cover display, 1116 x 2484)
Battery Li-Po 4805 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Storage 512GB
Reasons to buy
  • Thin and light
  • Good battery life
  • Slightly more affordable
Reasons to avoid
  • No wireless charging

The OnePlus Open is a slightly more affordable foldable phone compared to some others on this list, but a lower price does not mean any compromises on quality.

In terms of size, the OnePlus Open is thinner and lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and the Google Pixel Fold, while also housing a slightly larger battery than the two. It introduces the Open Canvas software that features a UI that is ideal for multitasking as you glide through different apps seamlessly.

The OnePlus Open also takes some lovely pictures with its (somewhat bulky) triple-lens camera configuration and 48MP sensor, though it doesn’t perform too well in low light. We won’t call this phone cheap, but if you’re looking for a quality foldable at a slightly lower price tag, it’s hard to look past the OnePlus Open.

Honor Magic V2

The best Honor foldable phone.

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Honor Magic V2 specifications:
Displays 7.92-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED (2156 x 2344 pixels), 6.43-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED (1060 x 2376 pixels)
Battery 5,000 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (overclocked)
Storage 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Reasons to buy
  • Sleek design
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great cameras
Reasons to avoid
  • No IP rating
  • Very expensive

New for 2024, the Honor Magic V2 is a beast of a folding phone, with a snazzy streamlined design, incredible performance despite the use of last year’s primo chipset, and powerful cameras. Considering it’s an expensive piece of kit, you expect the best of the best, but that’s exactly what you’re getting with this phone.

The most remarkable aspect of the Magic V2 is how thin it is. It’s the slimmest on this list and benefits from this design, as it almost doesn’t even feel like a folding phone when holding it in your hand closed. If you’re feeling extra fancy, there’s the option of opting for the Porsche Design version, which while more expensive, sports an even more elegant design with an exclusive Agate Grey colorway.

There are a couple of caveats to the Honor Magic V2, though. For a start, this phone has no official IP rating, so it’s not the most durable in terms of dust and waterproofing. Honor’s MagicOS is also a little less intuitive than some of the other Android skins out there, with a bit too much bloatware for our liking when you first boot up the handset.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5

The best Samsung foldable phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 specifications:
Displays 7.6-inch 120Hz foldable AMOLED (1812 x 2176), 6.2 inch 120Hz AMOLED (cover display, 904 x 2316)
Battery Li-Po 4400 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Storage 256GB/1TB
Reasons to buy
  • Nice form factor
  • Excellent UI
  • Decent cameras
Reasons to avoid
  • Not all apps are optimized
  • Might be too tall for some
  • Expensive

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 is the pinnacle of foldable phone technology today. With an excellent chipset, some lovely and reasonably durable 120Hz displays, and a winning form factor, Samsung is really leading the foldable charge.

The best bits of the Z Fold5 are the usual things Samsung excels at. The inner display is gorgeous and near edge-to-edge, and using this tablet-style display really does make a big productivity difference. Meanwhile, the cameras, while not flagship-level, are very competitive.

There are some downsides, though these likely come down to personal preference. The form factor of the Z Fold series is notably tall – far taller than some of the competitors – so you may prefer a slightly stubbier offering. Plus, the cost is steep if you’re used to non-foldable prices. Still, it’s the best foldable phone on the market right now.

Take a look at our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 review for more of our thoughts.

Oppo Find N2

The best foldable alternative if you want a different form factor.

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Oppo Find N2 specifications:
Displays 7.1-inch 120Hz foldable AMOLED (1792 x 1920), 5.54-inch 120Hz AMOLED (cover display, 1080 x 2120)
Battery Li-Po 4520 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Storage 256GB/512GB
Reasons to buy
  • Slightest crease
  • Pocketable form factor
  • Competitive performance
Reasons to avoid
  • UI bugs
  • Not great for videos
  • Hard to find

The Oppo Find N2 is a wonderful foldable thanks to its slight form factor. With this sort of passport-sized design, the Find N2 is easily pocketable, and the outer screen is far more usable than the taller counterparts out there. Better yet, Oppo has managed to reduce the crease on the inner screen slightly beyond the competitors.

Combine this with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and it competes on power too. There are, at least on paper, very few downsides to the Find N2 – if you prefer the form factor, it’s a very easy recommendation. That is, however, until you start using it.

This is no dramatic downside – most foldables struggle here – but the inside screen of the Find N2 is almost perfectly square, meaning various Android apps struggle. What’s worse, the aspect ratio is completely useless for watching videos, something many people may want to do on the big screen that a foldable offers.

Combine this with the fact that Oppo doesn’t even seem to sell the device anymore, and it might be a little hard to find. Still, we prefer it to Google’s offering primarily because of its form factor and the preferable Snapdragon chip. It’s a tight competition, but if you don’t want a tall foldable, we’d go here.

Google Pixel Fold

The best foldable Google phone.

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Google Pixel Fold specifications:
Displays 7.6-inch 120Hz foldable OLED (1840 x 2208), 5.8-inch 120Hz cover OLED (1080 x 2208)
Battery Li-Po 4821 mAh
Chipset Google Tensor G2
Storage 256/512GB
Reasons to buy
  • Best cameras in a foldable
  • Neat form factor
  • No gap when folded
Reasons to avoid
  • Very expensive
  • Notable crease
  • Imperfect UI

This is Google’s first attempt at a foldable, and you can definitely tell. As with all foldables, the Google Pixel Fold hasn’t quite perfected the user interface – though it’s getting close.

We’d trust Samsung’s durability over the Pixel Fold, simply for its experience in this area. Meanwhile, the Tensor G2 chip inside isn’t quite as capable as the Snapdragon in competitors’ foldables – and this gap only increases with the fifth generation of Samsung’s Z series.

What the Google Pixel Fold does offer is an excellent camera setup that we’d pick as the best of the foldable bunch – which is a big benefit for sure. The form factor may be preferable to you, with the outer display feeling more usable thanks to the phone’s thinness when closed. There’s also no gap when it’s folded, which helps everything feel neater and more sturdy.

The Google Pixel Fold is an expensive foldable compared to the rest of the market. It offers a lot, but it’s hard to feel that the extra money is worth it. We have a Google Pixel Fold review if you want to learn more.

Tecno Phantom V Fold

The cheapest foldable phone on the market.

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Tecno Phantom V Fold specifications:
Display 7.85-inch 120Hz AMOLED (2000 x 2296), 6.42-inch 120Hz AMOLED (cover display, 1080 x 2550)
Battery Li-Po 5000 mAh
Chipset MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
Storage 256/512GB
Reasons to buy
  • Competitively priced
  • Good performance
  • Pleasant design
Reasons to avoid
  • Poor cameras
  • Software support
  • Very hard to come by

Tecno’s Phantom V Fold is the most affordable foldable on the market – although that isn’t saying much. At around $1,000, it’s still a bit of a bank account buster, but it does have some nice features to make it worth it. The competitive MediaTek Dimesnity 9000+ SoC, is arguably the best-performing chip in this list, making the Tecno V a very good option.

The size of this phone – while a definite downside in terms of day-to-day ergonomics – does offer the biggest screen in this list, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this phone is for you. The outer screen is usable due to its aspect ratio, though the phone’s thickness does diminish this slightly.

The ‘affordable’ price does come with some drawbacks. The cameras are passable at best, and Tecno makes no security update guarantee, meaning you don’t know how long your purchase will be supported for – something else that Samsung excels at.

You might not even be able to find the handset. While it’s admirable, especially at its low price, Tecno doesn’t officially ship in the US. So, if you want one, you might have to look at alternative methods. It’s listed on the Tecno store on Amazon in the UK but is frequently out of stock.

Read our Tecno Phantom V Fold hands-on for a deeper look at the phone.

Huawei Mate X3

The slimmest foldable on the market.

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Huawei Mate X3 specifications:
Displays 7.85-inch 120Hz OLED (2000 x 2296), 6.4-inch 120Hz OLED (cover display, 1080 x 2504)
Battery Li-Po 4800 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Storage 256GB/512GB/1TB
Reasons to buy
  • Very slim design
  • No gap when folded
Reasons to avoid
  • Very expensive
  • Last generation processor

Right off the bat, let’s get it out of the way – this is the most expensive foldable we’ve found. That in itself is a big drawback. If you do find yourself in the position to purchase this phone, it does have some very impressive features.

The Huawei Mate X3’s triple camera setup offers fantastic 4K video recording, regardless of how far you’ve zoomed in, coupled with a sleek and bright display on all screens to view your lovely video work.

There’s a solid battery life here with fast charging, so you don’t have to wait hours for your shiny new X3 to get some juice. Meanwhile, the physical design of the phone is also really nice – the hinge proves to be strong and there’s no gap when the phone is fully folded – as you’d expect for such a hefty price. The phone is the slimmest and lightest on the market.

However – there are a couple of drawbacks that may change your mind. The Mate X3 runs off the last generation Snapdragon chipset, hampering its long-term performance somewhat. It also doesn’t use Google apps, so if you’re not comfortable with that, you best look at a different option.

How do we choose the best foldable phones?

While the foldable market is quite tight at the moment, we have some clear ways to separate the wheat from the chaff. Primarily, we think about longevity and usability – how long are you going to be able to use this phone? Durability concerns are still a big issue with foldables, so that’s always top of the list.

Then there’s usability, something thicker foldables struggle with. What’s the point in having two screens if the one on the outside is hard to use with one hand? So, again, we have to take into account how the design, build, and handling of the handset affects the aspect ratio, changing how Android reacts and how it feels to watch videos.

Then, there are the basic things any mobile phone needs, like decent performance, a good screen, and an overall pleasant experience. Luckily, all the current foldables have pretty closely matched chips, equally excellent screens, and only slight differences in the user experience, all of which we note down. Learn more on our how we test page.

What’s the best foldable phone for me?

If you’re struggling to choose between the best foldable phones, there are some things you can do to make it easier. First and foremost, what’s your budget? If you only have $1,200 to play with, you’re going to have to go with the Tecno Phantom V Fold.

The second thing is the form factor – what sort of phone do you want to use? If you can’t get into a store to test out how the handsets feel (something we highly recommend with foldable phones), think about how your current phone feels in the hand. If it’s a big phone, like the S23 Plus, you should be okay with the Z Fold5 or OnePlus Open. If it’s smaller, like the standard S23, you might struggle with all the foldables on this list – though the best would be the Oppo Find N2 or the Honor Magic V2.

Keeping in mind everything that you need in a phone is key here – the primary benefit of a foldable is a big inner screen. If you already have a tablet or don’t think you’ll make use of a bigger screen, maybe you don’t even need a foldable phone. This is still pretty new tech after all, and even with recent improvements, there are inevitable imperfections that arise with the exciting folding screens. Make sure you actually need one in the first place, and you should be fine.

If you’re not sure that a foldable phone is for you, we’ve rounded up the best Samsung phones, best Xiaomi phones, best Motorola phonesbest Google Pixel phones, and best Sony phones. Or, if all those Android devices don’t get you going, we’ve also compared iPhone vs. Android to help you decide between the two.