The best folding phones

Fold to neatly pop your phone away, unfold for a huge screen and cinema-style entertainment. Here’s why a foldable phone could be the smart choice for you.

The best folding phones of 2021

Awesome, expansive displays

It’s no surprise why folding phones and phablets are so enduringly popular. When you open them up, you’re treated to a huge amount of screen space - almost as if you’re using a small tablet. Newer foldable devices are packed with the latest tech, so get ready for crisp, laser-sharp visuals with rich colour and depth. Gaming becomes more immersive, movies become more intense, and video calls are more true-to-life. If you’re working on the go, a larger screen lets you send emails, amend documents and browse mock-ups more easily - especially if your device is compatible with a stylus.

Pictured: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

A folding phone with a huge display

Multitask with ease

Foldable phones mean you’ve got a larger workspace to run several apps at the same time – and lots of foldable devices offer a ‘multi-window layout’, which means you can use two or more apps at once on a split screen. For instance, you could video call a friend on WhatsApp, watch a video on YouTube and browse on Google, all at the same time. It’s possible to switch between apps on a standard phone, but foldable phones open up new, innovative ways of simple, straightforward multitasking – like you would do on a tablet.

Pictured: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

Multitask on a folding phone

Powerful processors and hardworking batteries

There’s a lot more space under the hood for cutting-edge tech, so folding phones often come with superb hardware. Several devices offer 5G connectivity, as well as dual batteries, the latest processors and plenty of RAM for fast, fluid interactions whether you’re browsing or gaming. Larger displays often mean increased power demands, but the batteries in newer foldable phones are built for busy days and nights, and are often able to fast-charge wirelessly.

Pictured: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

Folding phone with a powerful processor

Photography without limits

If you’re all about capturing off-the-wall shots, or you like to play with video content, foldable phones can offer a degree of freedom and more opportunities to be creative with high-spec cameras. When they’re folded, some folding phones allow you to snap a one-handed selfie, or a rapid-fire shot of the scene with the rear camera. Alternatively, several devices let you use the unfolded main display as a larger-than-life viewfinder, simplifying your set-up for immersive video content and video calls.

Some folding phones let you use both screens when you’re shooting - for example, you can show your friends the photo layout on the cover screen before you take the picture. The hinge also helps if you need to make a hands-free video call - just fold your phone into a position which sits upright on a flat surface, and away you go.

Pictured: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

Taking photos on a folding phone
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Samsung Z Fold3

The first Galaxy Fold shook the industry and changed the game forever. Now, the third-generation Galaxy Z Fold3 is here to reinvent everything you thought you knew about folding phones. It's lighter and slimmer than ever before, with a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display when it's fully unfolded. The Snapgragon 888 processor, 120Hz refresh rate and 5G capability* mean immersive, super-sharp entertainment and gaming without buffering or lag - perfected with Dolby Atmos surround speakers. Take superb pictures on the rear triple 12-megapixel camera with Ultra Wide, Wide-angle and Telephoto cameras, and use Dual Preview to see a preview of your shot before the shutter snaps. Use Flex Mode for hands-free photos and video calls - flex into the optimum position on a flat surface and flash your palm to trigger the timer. If you're working on the go, open up to three apps at once and annotate with the S Pen*. The 4400mAh battery is built for busy days, and you can charge up in a flash with 25W Super Fast Charging and 15W Fast Wireless Charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3

Terms and Conditions

5G network connection required.

S Pen Fold edition and S Pen Pro sold separately.

Submersion in up to 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30min (not advised for beach or pool use).

Tested to be folded and unfolded 100 times per day for 5 years. The lifecycle variation was tested based on Samsung's internal quality standards.

You’ll need a 5G-enabled phone to connect to the 5G network, as a device which normally uses 4G won't automatically upgrade to 5G. You’ll also need a 5G plan, and be in an area with 5G coverage.

You can check this using the Network Status Checker.