Decades ago, when mobile phones started appearing in the hands of average consumers, a dominant form factor was the flip phone. It was handy to close your phone to end a call and also shut the display to protect the screen when you threw your phone in your pocket or bag. We’ve seen technology advance so far that devices we used to see in science fiction movies are now available for everyday use by all consumers.
Foldable displays are an engineering marvel and while Royole was first out of the gate with the FlexPai in late 2018, Samsung has been the dominant player in the foldable phone market, with no end in sight.
While the future looks flexible and use cases for foldable phones are still being developed, ZDNET’s panel of mobile experts has rounded up the best folding phones that are available now.