Best foldable phone: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Vivo X Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Best foldable phone: Could this be the category to watch out for in the next few years? Given the numbers, it sure looks like a game-changer

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Foldable smartphones have made a quick transition from the drawing board to the real world. From Nokia’s concept mobile device (Nokia Morph that was showcased at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in 2008) to the first Samsung Foldable (The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold that debuted in India a decade later) the category has made quick progress

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

There’s that inevitable wow moment if you’re unboxing a Z Fold device for the first time. It happens when you fold open the device and view the large primary display. It gets even better with the 2022 version. The Z Fold 4 boasts of a gorgeous 7.6-inch Primary display (120Hz/1812x2176 pixels/373 PPI) with a 90.9 per cent screen: body ratio. It’s almost like a mini tab that you can fold. Whether you’re flipping through an eBook on the Kindle App or gaming or accessing a Word doc, the extra screen real estate offers a whole new experience. 

The Z Fold 4 is IPX8 certified for water resistance and weighs just 10 per cent more than devices like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. The rear camera gets a boost too. It combines a 50MP lens, a 10MP telephoto cam with 3X zoom and an ultra-wide lens. The Z Fold 4 is propelled by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and comes with multiple storage options that stretch all the way to a 12GB/1TB variant. The Z Fold 4 makes the strongest case for a large foldable device with its multi-tasking capabilities. It’s the perfect meeting point of a fully functional smartphone with a cover display and the flexibility of a small tablet when you need it.  

Price: Rs1,54,999 onwards

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Vivo X Fold

Vivo unveiled its first flagship foldable smartphone in China (priced at approximately Rs1,10,000). The big story are the displays that are among the largest for foldable smartphones — there’s a 8.03-inch inner foldable screen and the slightly curved 6.53-inch outer screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9.  The multi-dimensional hinge in the vivo X Fold is durable and reliable, and is measured to be able to withstand 300,000 bends according to a TÜV Rheinland test.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

According to Omdia, more than 1 out of every 2 foldable smartphones sold in 2021 was a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Z Flip 4 is the successor and aims to build on that success. In its folded position, the Z Flip 4 can slip into the tightest jeans — it weighs just 187gm and feels great in your hand when flipped open. The Z Flip has been a favourite among selfie fiends. Samsung has added to this appeal with ‘FlexCam’ that offers selfie previews. The cover display doubles up as a viewfinder, and you get a host of shooting options when the device is half open. 

There’s a large 6.7-inch primary display and a 1.9-inch cover display that offers quite a few controls. It comes with the same IPX8 certification — you can dunk your device in water but just like its predecessor, it’s not dust proof. The device is powered by the formidable  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and comes in two storage variants — 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. The Z Flip 4 is one of the best foldable phones you can buy with a whole bunch of new user experiences.

Price: Rs89,999 onwards

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