The Best Big Phones You Can Buy Right Now

The Best Big Phones You Can Buy Right Now

I don’t like big phones. They are cumbersome to carry, they don’t fit into most of my size of pockets or purses, and I’m constantly dropping them. I wasn’t made for larger phones. But I can’t deny that they have their advantages. The bigger the phone you go, the longer the battery you’ll have so you can watch TV and chortle on the train. Plus, most of the latest large phones have extra photography capabilities you won’t get with a small phone, like the ability to zoom in at a farther distance.

Bigger phones also cost more, which can drag if you’re on a budget. So be strategic: if you go for a device with more display, you should know what the rest of the phone can do for you. Not all mega-phones are created equal—some are better at taking photos, while others exist simply for multitasking. If you’re not penny-pinching, you might also consider the latest large foldables, some of which are now offered with a discount that makes them easier to afford than when they initially debuted. Here’s what the big phone market looks like, including the ones that fold into tablets.

Best Big Phone for Being Big

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Big and titanium.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

This year’s phones are some of the biggest they’ve ever been, though Samsung’s Galaxy S24 Ultra has the largest display as a traditional smartphone—it’s a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display compared to, say, the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. Part of that extra screen on the Ultra makes it possible to enjoy the stowed S Pen on the bottom, which also acts as a camera remote for when you’re taking selfies from afar—I use it all the time to snap pictures of myself on my walks. How else would I prove that I take them?

Alternative Pick – iPhone 15 Pro Max

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is another big phone favorite. There’s a bit more width to the Pro Max than the OnePlus 12, a narrow type of smartphone. You also get the added benefit of its three-tiered camera system and larger battery. One advantage to this big phone compared to an Android offering is the built-in Emergency SOS and Roadside Assistance via satellite offerings, which are nice to have when life gets unexpectedly perilous.

If the Pro Max’s $1,200 starting price range is a little steep and you want to stay on iOS, the iPhone 15 Plus is just as worthy. It also has a 6.7-inch display with a spectrum of pastel offerings.

Best Big Phone for Battery Life

OnePlus 12

A photo of the OnePlus 12

The front of the OnePlus 12 is a 6.8-inch QHD+ display with up to 4,500 nits brightness in direct sunlight.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

If you’re considering carrying around this much product, you might as well get something with the best battery life. For Android users, that’s the OnePlus 12. It was the longest-lasting Android device in Gizmodo’s battery benchmarks. The OnePlus 12 is a 6.8-inch device with 16GB of RAM and a whopping 5,400 mAh battery—that’s how it managed up to 27 hours and 43 minutes of battery in our rundown tests.

Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max has the next best battery offering with 25 hours, followed by the newest Galaxy S24 Ultra with 23 hours and 22 minutes. Apple and Samsung devices have both been pretty steady about battery life. Your mileage will undoubtedly vary depending on how you use the devices. Our tests determine how long the phones last on screen for extended periods at around 200 nits.

Best Big Phone for Zooming In

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

How far do you want to zoom in? If you don’t mind a ton of algorithmic help, the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s four-part camera system can manage up to 100x digital zoom. If you need to peep at something too far away or too high up, that’s where the telephoto can help. It’s also nice to have different framing options offered by the Ultra’s varying focal lengths. The Ultra is capable of up to 5x optical zoom on its secondary 50-MP camera and up to 3x optical zoom on its tertiary 10-MP telephoto camera.

A photo of the iPhone 15 Pro's Action Button

The iPhone 15 Pro Max has telephoto lenses that stick out and can manage up to 5x optical zoom.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Alternative Pick – Google Pixel 8 Pro

Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max and Pixel 8 Pro can also zoom in from far away. Both phones max out at 5x optical zoom, though the iPhone 15 Pro Max can handle up to 25x digital zoom and the Pixel 8 Pro up to 30x with “Super Res Zoom.”

It’s not a big phone; it’s a foldable

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold

I said that I don’t like big phones. But I adore the large folding ones because you can fold them up and put them into something else when you are not using the screen. I’ve shared my thoughts on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 in our full review, and my opinion has remained largely the same: they are still too expensive to justify outright. That said, whenever I pick up the Z Fold 5, I am reminded of its utility as a tablet on the go.

A photo of the Galaxy Z Fold 5

Foldables are a great way to get a big phone that can fold up and disappear.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

The Z Fold 5 has other things going for it besides its 7.6-inch inner display. If you intend to use it like a tablet, you can buy an S Pen to unlock a few extra features. (Though I would recommend toting the S Pen around some other way than the official Slim Case because it falls out periodically.) There’s also a triple-lens camera system, plus up to 3x optical zoom.

Alternative Pick – OnePlus Open

OnePlus became a contender in the foldable game when it launched the OnePlus Open, one of the best foldables we reviewed last year after the Z Fold 5. There’s plenty to like about it: a solid hinge, a screen with no discernable crease, and a UI that is quite good at handling the multi-app experience of the inside screen. It even has 16GB of RAM, a hefty amount for a device with many screens.

Also, if you like to type with both thumbs and that’s why you’re looking to adopt a larger device, the foldable is the way to go. I’ve found it much faster at typing two-handed than the iPhone 15 Pro Max or Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Best Big Phone for AI

Google Pixel 8 Pro / Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

A photo of a person using the Circle to Search function with an S Pen on the Galaxy S24 Ultra

Circle to Search can be used with the built-in S Pen on the Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

AI is a thing in this day and age, so we might as well lean in. Android is better suited for the so-called “AI future,” as it waves the freak flag for all to see. Apple’s approach is much more subdued, with its AI offerings sprinkled throughout iOS and the rest of the well-tended walled garden.

If you want to be on the equivalent of the cutting edge, then sign up for life with the Pixel 8 Pro. It’s the flagship from Google, which means it will be the device that showcases what Google’s AI smarts can do. One of our favorite features, Circle to Search, is limited to Google’s latest, anyway, and the Galaxy S24 Ultra. But it’s hard to tell how much feature parity Samsung’s Galaxy AI will have with Google’s Pixel hardware going forward.

Best OnePlus Open Deals: Save $200+ on the Foldable Phone | Digital Trends

Best OnePlus Open Deals: Save $200+ on the Foldable Phone | Digital Trends

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If you didn’t get the memo, folding phones are in. They’re all the rage, and for good reason. They’re no longer just a gimmick but add tons of functionality to create a whole new experience in the smartphone world. Imagine opening your candybar-style phone so it expands into a phablet, giving you a larger screen to watch movies, multi-task, or play games. That’s precisely what you can expect from a folding phone like the OnePlus Open, which is the brand’s titular — and first-ever — folding phone. It rivals the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series in design, features, and performance. But also, just like Samsung’s folding phones, the OnePlus Open can be quite expensive at full price. That’s why it makes sense to shop around and look for some juicy OnePlus Open deals. Don’t worry, we’ve already scooped up the best ones for you right here.

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Should you buy the OnePlus Open?

OnePlus Open black color held in hand and being used by a man wearing a blue hoodie.
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Do you ever have the desire to swap between a smaller, more manageable phone and something bigger, like a phablet or a slightly smaller device than a tablet? That extra screen real estate is a huge benefit if you’re watching HD movies and shows, trying to multi-task with several apps open, or want to play games on a larger display. That is exactly what a folding phone like the OnePlus Open can offer.

The Flexion hinge in the middle of the phone splits the two screens in half effectively. When it’s open, the hinge is practically seamless, giving you one extra-large 7.82-inch Flexi-fluid AMOLED. When it’s closed, the outer screen is a 6.31-inch portrait-style Super Fluid AMOLED. So, you could technically say you’re getting two devices in one. It’s smaller when the screens are closed but opens up to a larger device. You can start to see how it stacks up in a OnePlus Open vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 mashup. It’s a really close call in short.

OnePlus Open supports up to three app windows open at a time, with two in split-screen and a third floating. That allows you to, for example, continue chatting in text or in chat apps with friends while watching videos, playing a game, or browsing the web. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor ensures that you won’t experience slowdown even when multiple apps are open, right alongside the 16GB of RAM.

The cameras are nothing to scoff at, either. The main camera is a 48-megapixel Sony Sony LYTIA-T808 “Pixel Stacked” sensor, the ultrawide is 48 megapixels, and the 64-megapixel telephoto camera is capable of 3x optical, 6x in-sensor zoom, and up to 120x Ultra Res zoom. Basically, you’re going to get some great shots with this phone, even if you’re not a professional photographer.

All in all- there’s a lot to love about it and with the deals you see here, you can pick up the OnePlus Open for a phenomenal price and maybe even with a few extra perks.

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Google Pixel Fold 2 Early Render Suggests OnePlus Open Inspired Redesign

Google Pixel Fold 2 Early Render Suggests OnePlus Open Inspired Redesign

Google entered the foldable market with the Pixel Fold last year. The book-style foldable phone launched during in Google I/O 2023 event in May runs on the company’s in-house Tensor G2 chipset. Now, speculations about the Pixel Fold 2 are popping up on the Web. Most recently, an early hands-on render of the second-generation Pixel Fold has leaked online showing the design elements. The render indicates a narrower form factor and a redesigned camera module for the device. It appears to have a OnePlus Open-inspired design. The Pixel Fold 2 is expected to run on the Tensor G4 chipset.

A report by Android Authority carries a single hands-on shot of a purported Pixel Fold 2. The render shows a narrow cover display for the device. The display seems to be smaller than the 5.8-inch cover display of the Pixel Fold. The inner screen’s aspect ratio is said to be closer to a square and the overall form factor of the next-generation Pixel Fold could be similar to the OnePlus Open.

Google Pixel Fold 2 leaked render
Photo Credit: Android Authority

 

The render indicates a redesigned camera bump on the Pixel Fold 2. The camera island arranged on the top left side of the rear seems to house four camera sensors, an LED flash and a microphone. The camera unit is likely to include a main wide-angle lens, a secondary ultra wide-angle lens, a tertiary periscopic telephoto lens, and an unknown quaternary lens. This would be a notable upgrade over Pixel Fold’s visor-like triple rear camera setup.

Further, the Pixel Fold 2 will reportedly have aluminum frame and noticeable crease. It is said to feature a hole punch cutout on the top right corner of the inner screen for housing the selfi shooter. The first-generation Pixel Fold hide its inner screen camera in the top bezel.

Various hardware specifications of the Pixel Fold 2 were leaked recently. The upcoming smartphone could skip the Tensor G3 chipset and jump straight to the Tensor G4. It could carry 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage. It is expected to go official in October.

The Google Pixel Fold was launched in May last year at the Google I/O 2023 event with a price tag of $1,799 (roughly Rs. 1,47,500) for the base variant with 256GB storage.


Google I/O 2023 saw the search giant repeatedly tell us that it cares about AI, alongside the launch of its first foldable phone and Pixel-branded tablet. This year, the company is going to supercharge its apps, services, and Android operating system with AI technology. We discuss this and more on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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Best OnePlus Phone Deals Listed During Amazon Great Republic Day Sale 2024

Best OnePlus Phone Deals Listed During Amazon Great Republic Day Sale 2024

Amazon is currently having its Republic Day sale that includes plenty of great deals. The Amazon Great Republic Day Sale 2024 started on January 13 and will end on January 18. A wide range of products, like furniture, fashion items, home appliances and electronic gadgets are being offered at significantly lower prices than their usual prices. Some of the biggest offers during this sale season are on smartphones. Here we have compiled all the best deals on OnePlus handsets that you can grab during the Amazon sale.

During the sale, you can purchase the premium, flagship OnePlus 11 5G, as well as mid-range offerings like the OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G and the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G, with lucrative discounts. If you opt for an exchange offer on a certain product, the effective price will go down further, with the exchange value being adjusted over the already applicable discount. SBI card holders can also get an additional 10 percent instant discount at the time of purchase on Credit and EMI transactions. Amazon Pay ICICI credit card users can enjoy benefits like cashback of up to 5 percent and welcome points. It is important to note that these additional offers are subject to terms and conditions.

Following are some of the top deals on OnePlus smartphones you can get during the Amazon Great Republic Day 2024 sale:

Product MRP Effective Deal Price
Oneplus Open Rs. 1,39,999 Rs. 1,38,999
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G Rs. 66,999 Rs. 44,999
OnePlus 11 5G Rs. 56,999 Rs. 49,999
OnePlus 11R 5G Rs. 39,998 Rs. 38,999
OnePlus 10R 5G Rs. 38,999 Rs. 27,999
OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G Rs. 26,999 Rs. 21,999
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G Rs. 19,998 Rs. 17,999


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Best Smartphones of 2023

Best Smartphones of 2023

The ever-changing landscape of the smartphone industry in India is always surprising. This year, there have been plenty of changes and several newcomers in some segments to make for a very interesting mix of devices for eager buyers to choose from. While most regulars like Xiaomi and Realme have seen a handful of launches in the budget segment, brands like Motorola and Infinix have gone in all guns blazing. Xiaomi has been making headway into the higher end of the budget range and the mid-range instead.

The battle between Samsung and OnePlus has never been bigger than 2023, when OnePlus launched its first book-style foldable, the Open, late this year (after several delays). Brands like Oppo and Motorola took things a step up with foldables and premium smartphone offerings, while Samsung took it relatively easy with the same, but delivered a rather capable camera-focused flagship with its Galaxy S23 Ultra. Google ushered in the age of AI on smartphones, but definitely missed out on the ‘folding’ bit in India, which has seen its fair share of buyers this year.

And with so much choice and variety in certain segments, it gets equally hard to pick and choose the right smartphone. Unfortunately, not all the smartphones that we have reviewed over the past year have managed good scores as per our ratings. Fortunately, there are several that stood out, and basically managed to deliver what was expected from them. So, we have come up with a list of devices (in no particular order) which we consider to be the best at what they do. If you are looking to bring in the new year with a brand new smartphone, or have been a bit unsure about switching to a new device type or segment, this one’s for you!















Phones Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10) Price in India (as recommended)
OnePlus Open 9 Rs. 1,39,999
Motorola Razr 40 Ultra 9 Rs. 72,999
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 9 Rs. 1,24,999
Samsung Galaxy S23 9 Rs. 74,999
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max 9 Rs. 1,59,900
Apple iPhone 15 9 Rs. 79,900
Google Pixel 7a 8 Rs. 38,999
Nothing Phone 2 8 Rs. 39,999
iQoo Neo 7 Pro 8 Rs. 34,999
OnePlus Nord 3 5G 9 Rs. 29,999
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G 8 Rs. 26,999

OnePlus Open

The OnePlus Open (Review) can best be described as a breath of fresh air in the book-style or horizontal foldables space which has been dominated by Samsung with its Galaxy Z Fold lineup since the category showed up in India. For a phone that’s managed to surpass our expectations from every possible angle (not just as a foldable but even a regular smartphone), it sure seems like an achievement to get so many things right in the first attempt.

The Open managed to outdo Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 (the latest version of its best foldable yet) by a large margin by offering a slimmer and lighter design (with an IP rating), fast charging (sans wireless charging), better battery life and the very obvious imaging capability. Its Open Canvas software feature also seems like a different and novel take on the multitasking front. Its compact form factor and broad cover display make it function like a regular smartphone when folded, which is not the case with the Z Fold 5. While it lacks wireless charging (which Samsung offers, it makes up for it with 80W wired charging, and it all comes at a price that’s a lot lower than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 with plenty more storage and RAM.

 

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra

Another smartphone that managed to take us by surprise this year was Motorola’s latest Razr 40 Ultra (Review) foldable. It packs in quite the punch for a smartphone this compact and slim. It may lack the latest Snapdragon processor, but its main use case lies in its well-optimised cover display software experience, which is second to none in the clamshell foldables segment.

Its IP52-rated design makes Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Oppo Find N3 Flip appear chunky. There’s also that large cover display with a rather unique, embedded floating camera layout, which looks unreal and radical. Camera performance is good for a foldable, and the battery life will give you a day of use. But this phone also does well when it comes to gaming. It won’t bring back any memories of the iconic Razr (V3/V3i) flip phones of the early 2000s, but it sure sets a new standard by bringing in its own iconic style, which has been hard to mimic to date.

 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

When it comes to zooming in, there is really no competing with Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra (Review). With Huawei not around anymore, Samsung’s Galaxy Ultra lineup has made its cosy space between the regular Galaxy S23 phones (S23, S23 Plus) and its Galaxy Z Fold lineup and dominated this segment while competing with Apple’s Pro-range of ultra-premium devices. Priced at Rs. 1,24,999, it’s a space that no other brand (on the Android side of things) has dared to enter late when designing regular slate-type smartphones.

Samsung has also managed to justify this pricing by continuing to retain what made the now-defunct Galaxy Note series unique. This would include an S-Pen (which slides into a built-in silo), a massive display that supports the stylus. There’s also a desktop-like Dex functionality for the productive types. And then it takes forward the bits from the Galaxy S series lineup by adding an excellent 200-megapixel camera, the capability of which remains unmatched in India (no matter which camp you come from). The customised Snapdragon SoC and excellent battery life are simply bonuses that buyers can take advantage of. We just wished it came in a smaller, more compact package, as this phone is quite a handful.

 

Samsung Galaxy S23

Just like the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Samsung Galaxy S23 (Review) has made its peace with the world and still continues to be the only compact flagship in its segment. Despite commanding a high price tag of Rs. 74,999 and looking very similar to its predecessor, this compact powerhouse has plenty of under-the-hood improvements over the previous model. While the SoC upgrades were what we expected, Samsung also packaged a vapour cooling chamber into its compact footprint, keeping this phone cool when stressed. Battery life has also improved over the Galaxy S22, and it can easily handle a day of heavy usage on a single charge. Camera performance is top-notch (even though it has seen no upgrades) and delivers what one would expect from a Galaxy S series device. Despite no new or added features over its predecessor, the Galaxy S23 still remains the compact flagship to beat solely because of its form factor.

 

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

As Apple struggles to add new and upgrade-worthy features to its smartphones, it’s finally going back to basics (with some help from the EU). The iPhone 15 Pro Max (Review) manages to do pretty much what it claims to do and that is quite the leap from the iPhone 14 Pro, which banked heavily on Dynamic Island as its highlight feature. This year, Apple worked on tweaking and optimising its cameras, including the new telephoto camera, which exceeded expectations when it came to zoom performance.

It’s not all about the cameras, either. There’s a new customisable Action button and the big shift to USB-C, which many more users will appreciate. Along with the standard Pro model, it’s also the first globally produced smartphone that makes use of titanium for its frame, which also makes it lighter compared to its predecessor. It can also run AAA gaming titles with jaw-dropping graphics thanks to the impressive A17 Pro (3nm) processor. It’s the iPhone that is worth upgrading to even if you own the previous iPhone 14 Pro.

 

Apple iPhone 15

After several years of incremental upgrades to the standard iPhone lineup, we finally have a regular iPhone that actually packs in some notable upgrades. The iPhone 15 (Review) despite not having any segment-leading features (compared to other Android smartphones at this price point), still manages to be quite an exciting product for iPhone users. This is mainly because of the ‘Pro-grade’ features that have trickled down from the high-end models.

This would include a better Apple A16 Bionic chipset from last year’s iPhone 14 Pro, better higher-resolution cameras (one of which also offers lossless in-sensor zoom), USB-C and Dynamic Island. It still retains a 60Hz display (probably in place to deliver better battery life), but it will be the go-to iPhone model for years to come thanks to Dynamic Island and USB-C. And this automatically makes it the base iPhone model that newcomers will crave.

 

Google Pixel 7a

The Google Pixel 7a (Review) is the only Pixel phone to be launched this year, which seems to offer immense value for money. While it may look similar to last year’s Pixel 7, it does pack in a ton of upgrades. This would include the upgraded Tensor G2 SoC, which enables a number of AI-related photo editing features and camera tricks, new high-resolution cameras, a reliable fingerprint reader (compared to the Pixel 6a) embedded into a high-refresh-rate 90Hz display and wireless charging.

All of the above is available at an attractive price tag of Rs. 38,999, which is indeed really good value for money, given that you are getting a near-stock serving of Android, which will also be the first to receive software updates, along with the fun Feature Drops which Google releases every few months.

 

Nothing Phone 2

While the Nothing Phone 2 (Review) was launched at Rs. 44,999 in India which seemed borderline good given its core hardware, it new lowered price of Rs. 37,999 makes it bit more convincing for buyers who are looking for something different in an Android smartphone.

From its unique transparent looks to its custom software skinning and the Glyph light notification system, which has become more useful with the latest software updates, it is a special and unique experience for those tired of looking at the same icons and widgets on every other Android device. The Phone 2 also offers a better set of cameras than the previous model’s average camera performance. Indeed, the Phone 2 sure helps Nothing get past the image of being an artsy, fashion-forward phone to a practical one that works well even as a primary device.

 

iQoo Neo 7 Pro

iQoo has always delivered when it came to good value, matched by equally good performance with their Neo series. But it’s recent Neo 7 Pro (Review) goes above and beyond, making it a worthy recommendation in this shortlist.

For starters, there’s the faux-leather option in terms of design, and it’s all packaged into an IP52-rated body. Inside, iQoo offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which is rare in this segment and offers premium-level performance. There’s a 120Hz high-refresh-rate display with skinny bezels and a large 5,000mAh battery with 120W wired charging that is fast enough to go from 0-100 per cent in under 30 minutes. The primary camer’s performance is quite impressive as well. All in all, the iQoo Neo 7 Pro turns out to be a flagship killer of sorts.

 

OnePlus Nord 3 5G

The higher-end of the budget smartphone range has been growing in popularity because of the many features brands can pack into these phones, increasing their overall value. This is not the case with the mid-range, which struggles to add premium features at a palatable price tag while attempting to appear unique and stand out in terms of cosmetic design. Out of the many mid-range smartphones we have reviewed this year, the OnePlus Nord 3 5G (Review) sure stands out.

It offers distinctly mid-range specs by going with the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC. But it pairs it with a premium-looking IP54-rated design with razor-thin bezels on its 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel, which also supports HDR10+ content. There are quality cameras all around, and they’re all backed up by a large 5,000mAh battery with 80W fast wired charging support. Perhaps the most impressive detail about this mid-ranger is its price, which has now been dropped to Rs. 29,999, making it an easy recommendation.

 

Samsung Galaxy A34 5G

Another phone that has managed to be an all-rounder in the budget segment this year is Samsung’s Galaxy A34 5G (Review). We called it the ‘Jack of all trades’ in our review, and it was for good reason because this phone manages to pack in a lot of hardware and features at an impressive price point and somehow manages to deliver on those well.

The Galaxy A34 5G may not be as powerful as other smartphones in its class because of its MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC, but it gets along fine with multitasking and most 3D gaming requirements. There’s enough RAM, storage and even expandable storage so that this phone will check a lot of boxes for various buyers. Camera performance is good in all conditions, and the battery easily lasts a day on a single charge. Its design is also very similar to the premium Galaxy S series, but it’s not just about looks, as it also has a solid IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which is rare in this segment.

 


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OnePlus Open deal is $200 off in Best Buy’s Year-End sale | Digital Trends

OnePlus Open deal is $200 off in Best Buy’s Year-End sale | Digital Trends

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Folding phones are the new trend, with a bevy of manufacturers now offering them, including Samsung, Google, and OnePlus. But no folding phone is created equal. You’ll notice that right away by peeking at some of the best folding phones on the market. They differ in regard to features, price, and form. The OnePlus Open is a stand-out with its sleek, attractive design, powerful internals, and triple camera system. We’ll dig into more of the details below, but right now, you should know Best Buy is offering an incredible deal — you can save $200. Normally $1,700, the OnePlus Open 512 GB storage model, with 16 GB of RAM, is available for just $1,500 unlocked. That’s an incredible deal, but you can save even more if you have an eligible trade-in.

Why you should buy the OnePlus Open foldable phone

With a similar design to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series, the OnePlus Open can be closed and used like a traditional candy bar-style phone, or opened up to use as a phablet. In Digital Trends’ review of the OnePlus Open, Christine Romero-Chan, our resident mobile expert, praised many of its features. She loved the compact and lightweight size, the powerful cameras, the beautiful screens, the anti-glare support, and the fast charging. She also highly praised its multitasking capabilities, especially when open. Some minor concerns she had were the hinge and the large camera bump on the back. But even so, it’s clear the OnePlus Open is a best-in-class device in the foldable range.

When unfolded, and with OnePlus’ Open Canvas, you can run up to three apps at a time with ease. The premium 2K-quality displays make it stunning to look at. From the 6.3-inch front display to the 7.8-inch dual 2K displays unfolded, running at 120Hz, there’s a lot to love here.

This particular model comes unlocked for use with any carrier or service. It is compatible with GSM SIM kits through Cricket, Tracfone, Metro PCS, Google Fi, Net10, H20, AT&T, and Simple Mobile. It won’t work on CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint, Boost, Virgin, or others. No SIM card is included, so you’ll have to find a carrier when you’re ready.

Normally $1,700, the OnePlus Open 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage model, unlocked, is $1,500, saving you $200 right away. Again, you can save even more with an eligible trade-in at the time of purchase. If you do want to connect the phone to a carrier, with Best Buy’s help, that option is available, too, and it’s $300 off, saving you an extra $100. Either way, these deals aren’t going to last forever, so get in there while you can and ring in the new year the right way.

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2023 Was a Great Year for Foldables, If You Could Afford One

2023 Was a Great Year for Foldables, If You Could Afford One

Last year, I mused over whether foldable smartphones would ever be affordable. I wanted to see them take off after falling in love with the Galaxy Z Fold 4. This year, I got my answer. It’s a resounding “No,” especially with the foldable market as it is right now. Even with the recently launched Motorola Razr, a flip phone for under $800, the best foldables worth bringing home remain within that $1,800 pricepoint that Samsung set as the standard. It doesn’t seem like there’s any hope of a “budget” foldable—whatever that would look like—until more options are available.

At the very least, we’re on track for another era of new foldable, and this phone category is so much more exciting than it was a mere year ago. Every foldable launched in 2023 differed in its offerings—for example, the OnePlus Open and Google Pixel Fold offer varying aspect ratios. I still prefer the Galaxy Z Fold 5 because of Samsung’s cameras and software smarts, but as more Android apps become coded to work with the new form factor, the experience is improving across the platform. It’s a fun time not to be an iPhone user.

Flip phones and the hands that flip them

The Oppo Find N2 Flip.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

This year’s most prominent theme was that Samsung is no longer the only choice in foldables. Not only did we see book-like devices spawn among the top players in Android phones, but flip phones also propagated around the globe. It started early on with the Oppo Find N2 Flip in February, which we called in to preview what device manufacturers prioritize in other markets. Oppo doesn’t sell phones directly in the U.S., so we don’t usually cover them. But since it shares a parent company with OnePlus, Oppo devices are a fair indicator of trending features. The Find N2 Flip has a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, up to 44w charging, and, most importantly, a 3.26-inch cover screen. That part of the device received the most accolades across the smartphone sphere.

Motorola followed with the Razr+ flip phone in the spring—the “plus” for the added front screen. The Razr+ boasts a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, dual camera sensors, and a 3.6-inch pOLED exterior display. Motorola kept the phone within the $1,000 price range that Samsung had set as the benchmark with its Z Flip series. Reviewers liked the phone, and it received better scores than its predecessor.

A photo of the Z Flip 5

Foldables like the Z Flip 5 let you run two apps on either side of the screen.
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Those larger cover screens on Oppo and Motorola’s respective devices resonated loudly. By the end of the summer, Samsung upgraded the Galaxy Z Flip 5 to a 3.4-inch screen from 1.9 inches in the previous generation. Finally, you could access more oft-used apps outside the main screen without prying open the phone.

Rumors about the Galaxy Z Flip 6 are scarce for now, but there is talk about what’s next from Oppo and the kind of precedent we’ll see set by the Find N Flip 4. (Oppo already launched the Find N3 Flip overseas.) Overall, the hope is that as these companies iterate on flip phones, you won’t have to make as many compromises—as you do with the one affordable flip phone launched this year.

The only affordable flip phone has a bad camera

We didn’t review this year’s Motorola Razr, but the professional reviewer consensus is that it’s a solid phone with one giant compromise. The primary camera on the $500 Razr is dismal—The Verge and Mr. Mobile think so. It also lacks water resistance for total immersion, which is generally fine but brings to mind the concessions you must make to cut costs.

The Razr also uses a Snapdragon chipset that’s over a year old. I could see a flip phone like this resonate on low-cost carriers for those who want to hop on the trend, but I wouldn’t suggest you choose this $500 phone over another one at an even lower cost—like the Pixel 7a—that’s more capable, durable, and proven to have a long lifespan.

Three folding phones are better than one

A photo of the Galaxy Z Fold 5

The Galaxy Z Fold 5.
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The year 2023 also saw more options in the book-like folding phone category. Google and OnePlus launched their respective takes, the Pixel Fold and the OnePlus Open. Both are impressive first attempts from both manufacturers, and you can see that each carries the flag of what each brand is about. For instance, the Pixel Fold showcases Google’s signature camera algorithms, while the OnePlus Open bundles in a whopping 16GB of memory—it’s known for going high RAM with its flagships.

My favorite book-like foldable this year was the Galaxy Z Fold 5. However, I’m also fully embedded in the Samsung ecosystem enough that switching to another Android maker would throw me off my game. My colleague, Kyle Barr, prefers the OnePlus Open and dubbed it the phone that “changed [his] mind” about foldables.

Android is the Baskin Robbins of the mobile world; there are dozens of flavors to choose from, but they don’t all share the same ingredients. OnePlus and Samsung’s foldables work because the software is explicitly tweaked to resonate with longtime users. Meanwhile, the Pixel Fold, a foldable made in Google’s image, focuses more on delivering the same camera algorithms marketed in the regular Pixel phone.

It’s hard to tell just by pictures, but the OnePlus Open’s screen has virtually no crease when holding it in front of you.

It’s hard to tell just by pictures, but the OnePlus Open’s screen has virtually no crease when holding it in front of you.
Photo: Kyle Barr / Gizmodo

There is one bummer about the Z Fold 5 that I’m hoping gets addressed in the next generation. Samsung needs a better solution for the S Pen than a $100 case. The case is excellent for protecting the Fold from the elements, but the S Pen has a habit of falling out if it twists around too much in its holster. My kingdom for a Samsung Z Fold with the S Pen embedded inside the hinge!

Book-like foldables also struggle with balancing the scope of the front screen relative to the inside. While I still use the Galaxy Z Fold 5 daily for reading and scrolling TikTok, its narrow cover screen makes it hard to navigate with nails. I prefer the width of the Google Pixel Fold or even the OnePlus Open, though the issue with those is that the inside screen is too short and elongated for my liking. It’s a Goldilocks situation. You’ll have to find what’s “just right.”

2024’s Foldables

The upside of flip phones and foldables is that they’re all propagating on the Android platform. If you’re a foldable user, plenty of choices will come through as this trend continues, as long as you’re willing to fork over the cash and play the trade-up game every year when there’s an upgrade.

If you skipped out on them this year, start pinching your pennies for Samsung’s next-gen foldables in 2024. A wild rumor remains unverified—that a Galaxy Z Ultra will encompass all the Ultra can do with telescopic lenses. I’m simply holding out for the Z Fold to have a wider cover display.

There’s also a glimmer of hope that foldables will go beyond the middle hinge and roll instead. It’s more likely that 2024 will introduce the possibility, with actual devices still a few years out. Stick with us; we’ll cover the more believable rumors as they sprout in the new year.

The Best Gadgets of 2023

The Best Gadgets of 2023

Photo: Kyle Barr / Gizmodo

Foldables really came into the spotlight in 2023. It was the first year that companies like Motorola and Google decided to deliver their own products to the still-infant foldable market, though with mixed results. Despite the domineering presence of Samsung, which released its fifth generation Galaxy Flips and Folds this year, OnePlus, with its OnePlus Open, turned the tables on every other company with good, old-fashioned, solid design. It all comes down to the smooth folding, unfolding action, and minimal internal screen crease.

The company’s Hasselblad camera array is big but takes some impressive pics. Plus, it was slightly cheaper than the other foldables at $1,700 base at release compared to the $1,800 you needed to fork over to Samsung and Google. Foldables still have some ways to go before they hit their prime, but OnePlus still managed to show up all the other companies on its first try. —Kyle Barr

Foldable Smartphones Shipments Beat Expectations in Q3 2023: DSCC Report

Foldable Smartphones Shipments Beat Expectations in Q3 2023: DSCC Report

Foldable smartphones were more popular in the third quarter of 2023 than was anticipated earlier, according to a new report. The shipments of foldable smartphones and their panels surged in the quarter due to two major reasons, as per the numbers revealed in the study – firstly, the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 in July this year and secondly, the sheer rise in the number of foldable smartphones launched from different brands, especially in China.

According to the Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) report, the shipments of foldable smartphones in Q3 2023 rose 215 percent Quarter-on-Quarter and 16 percent Year-on-Year to 7 million units. This is 1 percent above the outlook and surpasses the earlier record of 6.1 million units in Q3 2022 by 16 percent. South Korean OEM Samsung led market share in the quarter with 76 percent, with leading demands in European markets, as per the report.

Huawei claimed the second spot in the market share at 9 percent. The company launched the Huawei Mate X3 in March this year with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and a 4,800Ah battery with 66W wired and 50W wireless charging support. The book-style foldable carries a 7.85-inch (2,224×2,496 pixels) OLED inner display and a 6.4-inch OLED (1,080×2,504 pixels) cover panel.

Honor grabbed onto the third spot with an 8 percent market share with its Magic V2 model. This is another book-style foldable smartphone launched in China. It is backed by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and a 5,000mAh battery with 66W Honor SuperCharge support. This phone features a 7.92-inch interior display with a resolution of 2,344 x 2,156 pixels, and a 6.43-inch outer screen with a resolution of 2,376 x 1,060 pixels.

The DSCC report added that in Q4 2023, foldable smartphone shipments are expected to fall 35 percent QoQ and rise 47 percent YoY to 3.6 million. Samsung’s brand share is also expected to take a tumble to land at 42 percent, according to the report.

DSCC CEO Ross Young noted that the entry of new players in the foldable smartphones market with Google Pixel Fold, OnePlus Open, Tecno Phantom V Flip and Tecno Phantom V Fold has helped this rise in shipments. 


Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 alongside the Galaxy Tab S9 series and Galaxy Watch 6 series at its first Galaxy Unpacked event in South Korea. We discuss the company’s new devices and more on the latest episode of Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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The most innovative smartphones of 2023 | Digital Trends

The most innovative smartphones of 2023 | Digital Trends

It’s been an interesting year for smartphones. Though it may seem that phones have plateaued, we still got some genuine surprises in 2023 from names that you may not have expected. These phones stood out from the rest in some form, proving that you can still do something fun and exciting with a smartphone.

So, sit back and relax, take a sip of that delicious cider or hot cocoa, and take a look at the most innovative smartphones of 2023.

Want to see the rest? Check out our full list of the most innovative tech products of 2023!

Winner: OnePlus Open

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Though Samsung has dominated the foldable market in the U.S. for a few years, 2023 saw a rise in foldables from competitors like Google and OnePlus. But the OnePlus Open has become the folding phone to beat, even though it’s the first foldable from OnePlus.

In terms of specs, the OnePlus Open is certainly impressive. You have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip along with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. With this kind of power, the OnePlus Open can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. It even packs in a 4,805mAh battery that will last a full day and then some, and it has support for 67W fast charging.

It features a 6.31-inch AMOLED cover display and opens up to reveal a 7.82-inch AMOLED inner display. Both screens have up to 120Hz refresh rates and can reach up to 2,800 nits peak brightness, making it one of the brightest displays available on any phone. The inner display also has an anti-reflective coating, making it much more usable outdoors in bright sunlight than the competition. Plus, OnePlus’ Flexion Hinge results in a barely visible crease, which isn’t a given with folding phones today

You have a powerful triple-lens Hasselblad camera array with a 48MP primary camera, a 48MP ultrawide camera, and a whopping 64MP telephoto camera that can do 3x optical, 6x in-sensor, and up to 120x Ultra Res zoom. The selfie cameras are also 32MP on the cover display, while the inner selfie camera is 20MP, though you can also use the rear camera for selfies.

But the OnePlus Open’s real magic is its power for multitasking with the Open Canvas feature in OxygenOS 13.2. This new way to multitask was specifically designed to increase productivity with multi-window efficiency.

What does this mean? Essentially, the OnePlus Open can support up to three apps in split screen and floating windows, and there’s a persistent desktop-like taskbar at the bottom. But it’s not restricted to just utilizing the physical screen space. You can stretch and resize all windows as you see fit, as Open Canvas is like having virtual screen space. To bring in the second or third window, just slide it in or out of view.

So not only is the OnePlus Open impressive in terms of specs (and it has a nice design to boot), but its fresh approach to multitasking allows you to be more productive than ever before. All of this makes the OnePlus Open one of the most innovative phones this year, especially for a foldable.

Runner up: Fairphone 5

The back of the Fairphone 5.
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When it comes to smartphones, you don’t think of them as being highly repairable or even very sustainable to the planet. But that’s exactly what you get with the Fairphone 5. This is a phone that’s about commitment to the planet and sustainability, as it’s designed to last for years.

The Fairphone 5 specs aren’t super impressive compared to the competition. It has a Qualcomm QCM6460 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage, though you can increase the storage with a microSD card. You have a dual-lens camera system on the rear with 50MP primary and ultrawide cameras, plus a front-facing 50MP selfie camera — though taking photos with it has some shortcomings. But you’re not buying the Fairphone 5 for the hardware specs — you’re buying it if you want a phone to last you for years.

With the Fairphone 5, the main selling points are sustainability and repairability. This is a phone that you can repair yourself if certain parts break (including the screen, USB port, camera, and battery), and those parts are reasonably priced. Repairing parts is also relatively simple and not complicated, as all you need is a 00 Phillips screwdriver and a good work area.

Fairphone is also dedicated to updating the Fairphone 5 with five major Android plus other general software support through 2031. The Fairphone 5 tackles longer-term ownership in a way no other phone does, and that deserves recognition.

Honorable mention: Motorola Razr (2023)

Apps on the Motorola Razr Plus.
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Finally, we’re giving an honorable mention to the Motorola Razr (2023). It’s not innovative in terms of specs for folding flip phones; instead, it’s innovative for the price. This is the first folding phone that you can buy for just $700.

When you bring up folding phones, the first thing that you’re probably going to think of is the price. Most foldable phones start at $1,000, and the flagship ones can reach up to almost $2,000 — and even higher, depending on your storage options.

That’s what makes the Motorola Razr so appealing. It’s the only folding phone that you can find for less than $1,000. And you get a lot of great features for that price! The design is simple yet elegant with the vegan leather, which also comes in fun colors. There’s no gap when it’s closed, the cover display makes it easy to see the time and notifications at a glance, the screens are bright and crisp, and the performance is good for the cost. And the cameras are even pretty solid, all things considered.

The Motorola Razr (2023) is the first folding phone that feels attainable for a wide group of people, and even with fairly mid-range specs, that’s darn impressive.

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