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Best Foldable Phones 2024: The seven top foldables to buy

Once a costly, niche part of the smartphone market, foldable phones have gone mainstream in the past few years as prices have dropped and foldable tech has improved dramatically. That means you’re likely tempted to pick one up as your next mobile.

But which should you get, and can you trust that the screens will last? Sadly, the answer is not always. While foldable tech has come along quite a way since the first generation of Samsung Galaxy Fold, not only in terms of design but also durability, screen quality, and general performance, foldables still aren’t perfect.

Depending on the foldable you opt for, issues can range from apps not displaying correctly due to the device’s screens’ atypical aspect ratios (usually a problem for book-style foldables, though strides have been made here in recent years) to quality issues that make it all too easy to break the devices with surprisingly little effort.

They also don’t offer quite the same experience in terms of camera tech and battery life as the regular candybar competition, so even with improvements from recent foldables like the OnePlus Open, there’s still room for improvement.

This is why we’ve yet to give any foldable the coveted five-star review when we’ve had them in for testing and a key reason we recommend most buyers opt for a traditional flagship – though a couple of 2024 entries have come closer than ever, suggesting that foldables are slowly but surely closing the gap.

You can see a selection of some of the most impressive regular phones we’ve tested in our best iPhone, best Android phone and best phone buyers’ guides for context.

However, if that doesn’t put you off, keep reading. In this list, we’ve detailed the top-performing foldables we’ve tried and tested.

Best foldable phones at a glance

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OnePlus Open

The best book-style foldable
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Pros

  • Solid foldable hardware with minimal display crease
  • Custom foldable camera tech
  • Unique Open Canvas multitasking software
  • True fast charging capabilities

Cons

  • IPX4 water resistance isn’t the best
  • Still hefty at 245g

If you’re on the hunt for a book-style foldable smartphone in 2024, you’ll find no better than the OnePlus Open.

The OnePlus Open fixes a long-time complaint of book-style foldables; the cover display. While the likes of the Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold offer a tall-and-narrow and short-and-squat cover display respectively, the OnePlus Open sports a regular 6.3-inch 20:9 display with all the premium bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship display, including an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, impressive peak brightness of 2800nits and a pixel-packed resolution.

This all means there’s no compromise using the cover display in place of the larger internal one for anything from replying to texts to casually scrolling on Instagram.

Of course, it’s all about the foldable inner display, and OnePlus has knocked it out of the park here too. There’s a much shallower central crease than the competition, so much so that it’s hard to see unless you’re looking at it off-angle, and there’s barely any change in tactile feedback as you run your finger over it. That means that the 7.86-inch OLED panel is an absolute joy to use, further improved by OnePlus’ unique Open Canvas multitasking software that lets you use three apps in full-screen mode with ease.

That stellar performance continues with the camera setup, boasting a trio of rear lenses that, unlike the competition, are all designed specifically for use in foldables. That translates to strong performance from not only the 48MP primary and ultrawide sensors, but the 64MP periscope lens in particular, delivering great shots at 3.5x, 6x and although images are pretty terrible at the full 120x, it does a good job up until the 25x mark.

Throw in strong performance from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, fast 67W SuperVOOC charging with a charger in the box and OnePlus’ signature volume slider, and you’ve got a very tempting book-style flagship that costs less than others on the market at £1,599 – it’s just a shame it’s not readily available on contract in the UK, making it a hefty upfront purchase.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: OnePlus Open review

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

The best clamshell foldable
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Pros

  • Premium clamshell foldable design
  • Genuinely useful 3.6-inch exterior display
  • Great camera performance from main 12MP sensor
  • Top-end 6.9-inch pOLED foldable display

Cons

  • Battery could only last about a day
  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a year old

If you’ve got your heart set on a clamshell-style foldable, the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra should be of serious consideration. The Razr 40 Ultra takes the clamshell experience to the next level with a large 3.6-inch pOLED exterior display with a super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.

The display is large enough not only to run widgets like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 but any Android app you like, allowing you to control smart home tech, reply to incoming messages and get directions from Google Maps without having to unfold the display. It not only cuts down on how often you’ll have to open the phone, but the folded form factor makes it comfortable to use too.

That’s not to say that you’ll always be using the external display, especially with a tall, narrow 6.9-inch pOLED display found within. It’s super smooth at 165Hz, and boasts LTPO tech that allows it to intelligently adapt the refresh rate depending on what you’re doing. The catch is that you can’t force that top-end 165Hz refresh rate, so it’ll only be available when the phone deems it useful.

The Razr 40 Ultra’s hinge also allows for a near-gapless fold that reduces dust ingress, an improvement on the older Razr (2022), and also manages to reduce both the visibility and the tactile feel of the crease on the inner display.

The 12MP main camera may not sound that impressive on paper but paired with OIS, PDAF and a wide f/1.5 aperture, it excels both in well-lit and low-light environments. It’s still not quite on par with top-end flagships, but it’s impressive for a slimline foldable and beats the dual 12MP offering of Samsung’s Z Flip 5.

The phone is powered by the two-year-old Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which may put some off, but everyday performance is solid. It does tend to overheat when playing graphics-intensive games, however.

The 3,800mAh battery is an improvement on the Razr (2022)’s 3,500mAh cell and it’s capable of lasting all day, though it won’t make it that long into the second. It’s a good thing it charges in less than an hour with 30W fast charging tech.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter
Full review: Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review

Honor Magic V2

The thinnest book-style foldable
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Pros

  • Incredibly thin and light foldable design
  • Near-invisible inner crease
  • All day battery life and fast charging

Cons

  • Not the latest processor
  • £300 more than the Magic Vs
  • MagicOS could be more customisable

If you’re looking for a mammoth battery and fast performance housed in the thinnest and lightest book-style foldable to date, then the Honor Magic V2 is the handset for you. 

With a folded thickness of just 9.9mm and dropping to just 4.7mm when unfolded, the Magic V2 is closer in width to standard smartphones than any other foldable that’s currently available. In addition to its slick build, it weighs just 231g, making it super lightweight. It actually weighs less than Samsung and Google’s foldables, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. 

Despite its incredible thickness, the Magic V2 boasts a total battery power of 5,000mAh, in the form of two super slim battery cells. Our benchmark tests showed that 60 minutes of Netflix streaming resulted in just an 8% battery discharge. When you do eventually need to recharge, the 66W fast wired charge gets you from 1-100% in just under an hour. 

As a book-style foldable, the Magic V2 has two displays, a cover display and a larger internal panel. The 6.43-inch cover display resembles a regular smartphone display and even boasts a peak brightness of 2500nits, making it perfect for viewing in bright sunlight. 

Equally the OLED display of the 7.92-inch internal screen allows users to perform a variety of tasks, including split-screen multitasking, seamlessly. Although there’s yet to be a perfect foldable crease in the market, the Magic V2 does boast a very shallow internal crease, making any screen interruption minimal. 

The Magic V2 also runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which, even despite being supplanted by a newer chip, is still more than sufficient for daily use. Perhaps more surprising is the fact the V2 is powered by Android 13 rather than the newer Android 14, which is already being rolled out in new smartphones. Again, this doesn’t necessarily affect the performance and ability of the Magic V2, but it’s worth noting that it’s technically not as proficient as a truly up-to-date smartphone. 

The Magic V2 also boasts three high-res cameras, including a 50MP main camera, 50MP ultrawide and a 20MP 2.5x telephoto lens with digital zoom up to 10x. This lens trio offers a higher megapixel count than alternatives from Google and Samsung too, although the OnePlus Open does technically beat the Magic V2 on resolution.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Honor Magic V2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

The best performance
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Pros

  • Large 7.6-inch foldable display
  • Most powerful foldable phone around
  • Better app support than other book-style foldables

Cons

  • Very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • £100/$150 price increase
  • Identical camera setup

Samsung continues to dominate the foldable market in 2024 despite increased competition from the likes of OnePlus, Motorola, Google and others.

Samsung’s latest edition of its flagship foldable – the Z Fold 5 – is the finest one we’ve reviewed to date, though it’s certainly a year for refinement. It’s very similar to the top-end Z Fold 4 from 2022, boasting the same general design, cameras, battery life and charge speeds, but there are key improvements including a redesigned hinge that finally allows the Fold 5 to close completely with no awkward gap.

It also boasts the custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset that makes it, along with the Flip 5, the most powerful foldables around right now, making light work of high-end gaming, split-screen multitasking and just about anything else we could throw at it during testing.

As ever, there are two OLED displays here, a smaller 6.1-inch outer panel and a larger 7.6-inch internal one. While there’s minimal change in terms of hardware, Samsung has done an admirable job at convincing developers to add support for the boxy aspect ratio, with previously-missing entries like Instagram now available in all its full-screen glory. It’s a stark change to the hit-and-miss experience on offer from the Google Pixel Fold.

The 4400mAh battery remains just about enough to comfortably get through a day without scrambling for a charger, though with 25W charge speeds, it could be faster.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review

Google Pixel Fold

Best camera
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Pros

  • Thin when folded and unfolded
  • Some of the best foldable cameras around
  • Pixel software is unmatched

Cons

  • Very visible crease on inner display
  • Odd approach to app support
  • Very expensive

It’s finally here, Google’s first foldable phone. The Google Pixel Fold sees the big tech brand jump on the folding device bandwagon, and there is a lot to like.

Google has come close to nailing the design with its first folding phone, offering a combination of displays that makes it ideal for use in many scenarios. The 5.8-inch screen on the outside is more than large enough to accommodate regular phone use, while it opens up to reveal a 7.8-inch display that offers a more expansive canvas but without feeling awkward to navigate.

The handy choice of displays is matched by the remarkably slim dimensions of this phone, which makes it comfortably pocketable. At just 5.3mm when unfolded, and 12.2mm folded, it’s impressively portable, though not the best by 2024 standards. It’s a tad frustrating that it doesn’t naturally fold completely flat, but that won’t really affect your day-to-day.

Aside from the exciting folding design, you get a typically strong Google Pixel experience across the board. And, that includes the camera. The main 48MP camera offers versatility, when you need a great shot at a pinch, while the 10.8MP 5x telephoto lens is easily one of the most impressive lenses on a foldable. The telephoto deftly enables crisp close-ups and refreshing accurate bokeh effects.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Google Pixel Fold review

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

The best foldable for water resistance
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Pros

  • Premium look with no gap when folded
  • Powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset
  • Much more useful 3.4-inch cover display

Cons

  • Same 12MP cameras as Z Flip 4
  • Middling battery life, even for a foldable
  • Cover display software is surprisingly limited

If you’re in the market for a foldable with decent water resistance, your options are admittedly limited to the book-style Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and its clamshell sibling, the Galaxy Z Flip 5, with both boasting IPX8 water resistance that should protect them from being submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes.

Compared to last year’s Z Flip 4, the Z Flip 5 sports a much-improved cover display experience. It’s now larger at 3.4 inches, taking up much of the foldable’s exterior panel, and it brings with it new functionality. There’s a new range of widgets designed for the display, along with support for apps, though the app support is painfully limited (only six are supported at the time of writing) compared to the Razr 40 Ultra, limiting just how useful it can be.

Improvements to the waterdrop hinge allow the Z Flip 5 to close completely flat for the first time, allowing it to shave a couple of millimetres from its folded form factor, making it a little more pocketable than before. It’s also absurdly powerful with the same custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy as the Z Fold 5 that makes it comfortably more powerful than any other clamshell on the market right now.

But while these improvements are welcome, it’s not a complete redesign. The dual 12MP sensors on the lid remain essentially unchanged for the second year in a row, and while they’re perfectly capable snappers, they’re beginning to look a little dated compared to other foldable camera setups.

Battery life could also be better, matching the Z Flip 4’s 3,700mAh cell though with a much larger exterior panel to power this time around. It could still get us through a day, but only with about 5-15% left in the tank. That’s a little too close for comfort.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review

Oppo Find N3 Flip

Best selfie camera setup
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Pros

  • Great folding screen
  • Excellent cover screen software
  • Stylish design and premium feel
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • Gaming performance is average
  • Cover screen would benefit from a higher resolution

The Oppo Find N3 Flip is a clamshell-style foldable that massively improves on the already popular Oppo Find N2 Flip with a refreshed design, upgraded power and a new camera setup that gives the competing Galaxy Z Flip 5 a run for its money.

Like most premium foldables at this point, the Find N3 Flip can close completely flat with no gap. This protects the inner display from dust and other debris from your pocket while making it look more premium – although with only IPX4 resistance, it’s not quite as protected from the elements as Samsung’s option.

There’s a portrait-style 3.45-inch cover display that not only provides a full camera preview for selfies when using the high-quality rear lenses but also allows you to access widgets designed explicitly for Oppo’s cover display and a few key apps. This makes it far more useful, meaning you’ll have to unfold the phone less often, though it’s not quite as capable as the Razr 40 Ultra’s external panel, which can run any Android app.

While on the subject of the fold, it’s worth noting that the Find N2 Flip has a pretty decent hinge mechanism with a Flexion hinge that does a great job at further minimising the internal crease. The result is a crease barely visible when looking straight on, and there’s only a slight change in sensation as you run your finger over it.

There’s also a decent camera offering comprised of a primary 50MP snapper alongside an upgraded 48MP ultrawide (a massive upgrade on the previous 8MP ultrawide) and a new 32MP 2x telephoto lens that allows you to get closer to the action – a first for a clamshell-style foldable that allows the Find N3 Flip to stand out from the clamshell competition.

Throw in top-level performance from a Dimensity 9200 and a 4300mAh battery that provides true all-day battery life and you’ve got a very tempting clamshell phone. The only problem? It’s only available in Asia and the Middle East, with no wider availability in the UK or EU.

Reviewer: Palash Volvoikar

Full review: Oppo Find N3 Flip review

FAQ

Is Apple going to make a foldable phone?

Apple hasn’t released or announced any intention to make a foldable phone yet, however rumours swirl that we’ll see a big play for this category from the Cupertino company in the coming years. For now, all the best foldable phones run on Android.

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Spec comparisons

These are all powerful phones, with good specs. For pure spec power though, the Z Fold 5 comes out on top.

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Test data

You can see a detailed breakdown of all the test data we collected reviewing the phones in this list in the table below.

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Geekbench 6 multi core
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