The best foldable phone Presidents’ Day deals available now | Digital Trends

The best foldable phone Presidents’ Day deals available now | Digital Trends

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For those who have been thinking about getting a foldable phone but the ones you’ve had an eye on are too expensive, you should check if you can afford them now through the available foldable phone Presidents’ Day deals. If you want a recommendation, we’ve highlighted our favorite offer below, but there are many more bargains to choose from if you want to take a look around. You shouldn’t waste time though, as there’s a chance that you miss out on the savings if you delay your purchase to the last minute of the holiday.

Best foldable phone Presidents’ Day deal

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 display.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 features a 6.2-inch display on its cover and a massive 7.6-inch display when you open it, with both screens featuring Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED 2X tech and 120Hz refresh rates. Unlike its predecessors, the hinge design of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 allows it to close completely flat, and it also features a thinner and lighter design that makes it much easier to use. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and it packs a camera system that’s headline by a 50MP main camera.

If you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, don’t miss this chance to get its 256GB model from Amazon for $1,450, for savings of $350 on the device’s sticker price of $1,800. It’s still not cheap, but it’s the best folding phone that you can buy, according to our roundup of the best folding phones. If you miss out on this offer, we’re not sure when you’ll get another chance at such savings when buying the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5.

More foldable phone Presidents’ Day deals we love

A person opening the Motorola Razr 40.
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In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, the brand is also offering the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 as its latest foldable phones. Other foldable phone Presidents’ Day deals that we feature below include devices made by Motorola, OnePlus, and Google. If you want to pocket the savings from any of these bargains, you’re going to have to be quick as there’s a lot of interest in foldable phones lately, which will increase with the lowered prices due to the holiday.

  • Motorola Razr 2023 (128GB) —

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  • Google Pixel Fold (256GB) —

  • OnePlus Open (512GB) —

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iPhone Flip: what we know about Apple’s first foldable phone | Digital Trends

iPhone Flip: what we know about Apple’s first foldable phone | Digital Trends

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In the past few years, Samsung has become one of the leading manufacturers of foldable devices, including the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5. Though it’s not the only brand making foldable devices, it offers the most mainstream and available options, especially in the U.S. That leads to the question of whether Apple will follow suit with a foldable iPhone — or even an iPad.

There have been long-standing rumors that Apple could be working on such a device, including a foldable iPhone, which we’ll call “iPhone Flip” for now. Apple’s a secretive company, so there may very well be at least some research and development taking place on such a device. But, of course, this continues to just be all speculation for now. From the latest news, rumors, and reports, here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s folding iPhone.

iPhone Flip: design and display

Concept render of foldable iPhone.
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Very little is known about the design Apple may ultimately use for its first foldable iPhone. Samsung has covered the two most obvious styles with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 — but that doesn’t mean Apple has to follow suit. Apple has filed dozens of patents hinting at designs for a foldable iPhone, but these contain so many possibilities that it’s anybody’s guess right now as to what direction the company will go in. They can’t all be right. 

According to a February 2024 report from The Information, Apple has been researching and building prototype folding iPhones for at least five years or more. This corroborates previous reports that Apple has been developing and testing foldable OLED screens and hinges since at least 2017.

This latest report cites some individuals who have “direct knowledge” of the project, and it seems that two iPhone prototypes are currently in development and will allegedly fold widthwise in a clamshell form factor. Again, these are in very early stages of development, so don’t expect to see them in 2024 or even 2025 — the earliest possible launch time frame would be at least 2026.

The latest report also indicates that Apple has approached at least one supplier in Asia for the components required for these two foldable iPhone models, which would come in different sizes. But if the components do not meet Apple’s high standards, the foldable iPhone in development could also be canceled.

A mockup with a foldable clamshell iPhone.
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A foldable iPhone has always been a wild card for Apple, as its interest in such a product has fluctuated several times over the years. CEO Tim Cook supposedly asked designers and engineers about creating a foldable iPhone as early as 2018. Though he responded positively to a foldable iPhone demo with a 7-inch display, there are still concerns about the technical difficulties and durability issues.

Originally, the vision that Apple had for a foldable iPhone involved a display residing on the outside when the foldable is shut, but Apple engineers have expressed durability concerns with that particular design. Apple’s industrial design team also wanted to keep the thickness about the same as the current iPhones, even when closed, which would be impossible given what is currently offered for battery and display technology.

At some point around 2020, Apple paused work on a foldable iPhone and pivoted to a foldable iPad instead, which would be about the size of an iPad mini with an 8-inch display. The reasoning for this was that it could be thicker than a foldable iPhone, and users wouldn’t have to carry this in their pocket, so it didn’t need to be as durable.

Apple’s engineers are also trying to eliminate the possibility of a crease that forms in the middle of the display, which is a big problem for pretty much every foldable on the market right now. Apple also wants to make it so that the hinge can allow for a display that opens up completely flat, which wouldn’t interfere with the Apple Pencil working.

Using a foldable iPhone.
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In 2016, LG began mass-producing foldable displays, indicating it planned to supply them to several companies, including Apple. That notion gained more steam in late 2017 when sources claimed Apple and LG had actively partnered to develop specific foldable display technology for a future iPhone — a partnership that’s still ongoing.

By 2020, Apple and Samsung Display had reportedly signed a deal in which the display maker would supply a “large number” of foldable display samples over a year to be used for testing foldable iPhone prototypes. At the same time, Apple had also reportedly begun testing hinges, looking for both a display and a hinge that could withstand up to 100,000 folds. 

To put this in perspective, most laptop hinges are rated for somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 folds. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 can survive at least 200,000 folds. We haven’t heard whether Apple has since raised its standard to match that of Samsung.

Folding iPhone concept from iOS Beta News
iOS Beta News

Apple also appears to be testing a few significantly different designs. Early in 2020, leaker Jon Prosser claimed to have seen a prototype device that used a two-screen design similar to Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Surface Duo rather than a single foldable display. 

However, by the following year, Prosser said his sources had informed him that after completing the first round of hinge testing, Apple would be putting all its efforts into a clamshell foldable iPhone with a design similar to the Galaxy Z Flip. Prosser also claimed this iPhone would come in more “joyful” colors to target “more mainstream customers.” 

Meanwhile, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple’s first foldable would be considerably larger and might not even be an iPhone, per se. Instead, Kuo predicted an entirely new class of devices with a 7.5 to 8-inch display that would blur the line between the iPhone and the iPad. Unlike Prosser, Kuo doesn’t claim to have seen any examples of this device. 

Foldable iPhone prototype.
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It’s worth noting that although Prosser has often been correct about Apple’s product release dates, he has a much less reliable track record when it comes to Apple products since he relies primarily on sources who claim to have inside information on what’s going on inside Apple. Kuo’s predictions usually come from the other direction, as he looks at trends within Apple’s supply chain and the type of components in demand.

Of course, like Samsung, Apple may have two devices in the pipeline: A clamshell foldable “iPhone Flip” that’s designed for fun, along with a more serious business-class “iPhone Fold” or “iPad Fold.”

A new patent has been granted for Apple, which would allow for touch-sensitive control areas, including solid-state buttons, on the surface of the current iPhone design, as well as a folding one in the future. With this patent, Apple could add touch sensitivity to every side and edge of the iPhone, foldable or not. The name of this new patent is “Electronic Devices With Display And Touch Sensor Structures,” which shows that it would be convenient to tap, swipe, or just touch an iPhone to control it.

A picture of a folding iPhone patent

“It can be challenging to gather touch input from a user and to display images for a user efficiently,” says Apple. “For example, when a user supplies touch input to a touch screen display, the user’s hand may block images that are being displayed on the display. Buttons and other input devices may be used to gather input from a user, but this type of input device may not be as convenient and versatile as a touch sensor. Displays are sometimes not visible from certain directions and may be smaller than desired.”

The patent also makes a distinction between the edges that can be found on the current iPhone design and the curved edges on a potential folding device, which are referred to as “sidewalls.”

A picture of a folding iPhone patent

“The front wall and portions of sidewalls may be formed from a glass layer or other transparent member,” continues the patent. “A touch sensor layer and display layer may extend under the front and sidewall portions of the glass layer… [a] touch sensor layer may also extend under the opposing rear wall.”

It’s important to note that even though Apple has been granted these new patents that show a foldable device, it doesn’t guarantee that anything will come of it. Still, this looks like a promising development for a potential foldable iPhone.

iPhone Flip: cameras and other specs

Foldable iPhone panel tech.
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An early 2021 report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman may throw a dash of cold water on leakers who claim they’ve already seen folding iPhone prototypes. According to Gurman, Apple’s development of a foldable iPhone hasn’t moved beyond the display, and the company “doesn’t yet have full handset prototypes in its labs.” 

In about two years since that report, we’ve heard little more than the occasional confirmation that Apple is still in the early stages of experimenting with multiple designs.

There’s been no information available on what we’ll see regarding cameras, processors, and other features. That’s not surprising at this stage, as it’s likely Apple hasn’t even made these decisions yet. Of course, there’s tons of speculation, but that should all be taken with skepticism.

iPhone Flip: software

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 multitasking Recents menu grid view with Good Lock.
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While most of the leaks and reports have focused on the hardware and design of a folding iPhone, Apple is also likely hard at work on the software side of things. Neither iOS nor iPadOS, as they exist today, will easily translate to a foldable design.

Given Apple’s meticulous attention to user experiences, the company is likely already tossing around ideas for a foldable version of its mobile operating system. Depending on what direction the iPhone Flip goes, we might see an entirely new derivative of iOS appearing on it. 

iPhone Flip: release date

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, stands on stage at the September 2021 Fall Apple Event.
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Although Apple is actively testing designs for one or more foldable iPhones, multiple sources have indicated that the company isn’t entirely sold on the idea yet. At best, a foldable iPhone is years away; at worst, we may never see one at all.

In his early 2021 report, Gurman made it clear that Apple hadn’t “solidified plans to actually launch a foldable iPhone.” In early 2022, MacRumors shared a message from leaker “Dylandkt” that SAID Apple still had concerns over the viability of foldable display technology and whether there was even a sufficient market for foldable smartphones. 

In a Tweet thread that has since been deleted along with Dylandkt’s Twitter account, the leaker said that even though Apple is still working on different ideas, some within the company feel that the display technology hasn’t reached maturity. 

The Apple logo on the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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Not surprisingly, sources claim that Apple is “playing the long game,” waiting to see how the technology progresses. It also wants to make sure there’s a long-term market for foldable smartphones and that this isn’t merely a passing fad that will diminish in a few years. 

Still, in 2022, Kuo predicted that Apple would release its first foldable iPhone by 2023, targeted at mainstream consumers and forecasting that shipments could reach up to 20 million units in the first year. Kuo also expects Apple to use the most advanced display technology possible to give it “a long-term competitive advantage” and make it “the biggest winner in the new foldable device trend.” 

However, in 2023, display analyst Ross Young, who has a pretty solid track record when it comes to anything concerning screen technology, shared that he’d been told by sources in the supply chain that a foldable iPhone won’t be appearing before 2025, and that’s a very preliminary estimate. “The company does not appear to be in a hurry to enter the foldable smartphone market, and it may even take longer than that,” Young noted in his February 2022 foldable/rollable display shipment and technology report. Kuo corroborated this timeline a few months later. 

I expected Apple to launch a foldable iPhone as soon as 2024 in my reports last year, but now it's clear this prediction needs to be revised. I predict Apple may launch its first foldable product in 2025 at the earliest, which may be a foldable iPad or a hybrid of iPad & iPhone.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) April 1, 2022

It’s important to remember that 2025 is just one estimate in a long history of rumors and predictions. A few years ago, analysts and leakers predicted a foldable iPhone would arrive by 2021, which eventually became 2022, and then 2023. Now it’s 2025 or even 2026, but there’s no indication that this prediction will be any more reliable than the others. 

So far, people haven’t begun abandoning the iPhone in droves to move to foldable devices. Apple still sells hundreds of millions of new iPhones annually — often without even trying. Until that slows down or competing devices like the Galaxy Z Flip 5 or OnePlus Open become overwhelmingly popular, Apple doesn’t have much reason to make an iPhone Flip a priority. If you’re an iPhone user who really wants a foldable smartphone in the near future, sadly, it looks like you’ll have to switch teams.

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I just ordered my first folding phone, and I’m worried | Digital Trends

I just ordered my first folding phone, and I’m worried | Digital Trends

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a technological marvel. Not content with creating some of the world’s most powerful smartphones, Samsung decided they had to bend in the middle as well, and the original Z Fold sprang from that seemingly insane decision. Several years later, the culmination of that process is the Galaxy Z Fold 5 — a folding phone with an enormous inner display, flagship hardware, and the most advanced hinge technology we’ve ever seen.

I’ve just bought one, and I should be over the moon. But I’m not; I’m worried.

It’s not immediately obvious where my anxiety comes from. After all, exploring a whole new device is an exciting prospect. Add the thrill of trying an entirely new format, and I should be twice as excited. But overshadowing any sense of excitement is some serious anxiety, and I think it comes from the novelty that makes the device worth buying.

Twice as premium, half as useful?

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 Flex mode camera preview.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is an incredible device and is plainly at the cutting edge of physical technology. That means it commands a price to match, and while I’ve become accustomed to phones that sit close to four figures in cost, the Z Fold 5’s $1,800 ticket is … something else entirely. That’s a lot of money to drop on any gadget, which adds a lot of pressure to the purchase. But it’s not just the pressure of spending that amount of money on a smartphone, it’s something else entirely. It’s the pressure to make sure that money is going on a worthwhile purchase — and I’m worried it won’t be.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a phone of two halves. The outer display is going to be familiar to everyone. The frame is a funny shape, thanks to the hinge on one side, but ultimately, using the outer display is going to be business as usual. I know this world; it’s great. I’ve lived in it for a decade now. But the inner display? That worries me.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 multitasking Recents menu grid view with Good Lock.
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The inner display is the new one. It’s the part that adds “Fold” to the name. It’s the big time; it’s the headline act. It’s the part of the smartphone that everyone will want to see. It is the entire reason this smartphone exists.

What if I don’t use it?

Obviously, I’m bound to open it from time to time. But my worry is that I won’t use it enough to justify the purchase. If it doesn’t fit into my life, what was the point of buying it in the first place? If I only use it on the sofa at the end of the day or propped up in the kitchen while I cook, would I have been better off just using one of my tablets? At that point, I’ll feel like I’ve definitely wasted money.

I’ll also be carting around a massive phone when I don’t have to. By design, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is as thick as two phones — and that presents its own challenges. Will it fit in a pocket? Will my millennial skinny jeans allow for such a thick smartphone? Just like the question about cost, the extra weight and size are just a hindrance if I don’t get the use I’m hoping for.

I’ve been here before

Galaxy Note 20 Back
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The reason why I’m worried about this is because I’ve been here before. I’ve written about my time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, but one of the elements I didn’t touch on in that article was how big a disappointment the S Pen was. Not because it lacked features, was unreliable, or anything like that. No, it was simply because I didn’t end up using the S Pen all that often.

This isn’t a universal issue, as plenty of people love their S Pens — even to the point of buying one for their Z Fold phones, despite no native place to hold one. I thought I would be one of those people, but it turned out I wasn’t.

So, imagine my thought process of using another Galaxy smartphone that’s outside the norm. Sure, an S Pen isn’t close to being the same as a whole other display, but it was a headline feature, and it’s one that I just didn’t use. The extra money I paid to have an S Pen (and there were a lot of sacrifices made with that particular phone) was simply not worthwhile.

Multiple apps running on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5's open screen.
Three apps and one floating window running at the same time Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

The barrier for entry to the Z Fold 5 is even higher, and while it’s likely the large display won’t suffer from the same lack of attention the S Pen did, I can’t help but worry. Hopefully, my worst fears won’t come to pass, and I will love the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s inner display. But until I’ve made that plunge, it’s going to be a big question that weighs on my mind.

Thankfully, it’s also not an anxiety that we’ll all have to go through. Folding smartphones are undoubtedly the future of the phone market, but prices are starting to fall, at least where flip phones are concerned. The bigger fold phones will likely stay expensive for a while longer yet, but the excellent Motorola Moto Razr (2023) starts from just $700, offering a reasonably priced starting point for anyone who wants to know if a folding phone fits into their life or not.

As for my Galaxy Z Fold 5? Only time will tell if my purchase was wise — and I’ll keep you updated every step of the way.

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I’ve never used a folding phone like this one before | Digital Trends

I’ve never used a folding phone like this one before | Digital Trends

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Honor took its sweet time to bring the Magic V2 out of China – six months, to be precise. Given the amazing hardware, it’s been a long wait.

I’ve had a test unit since July 2023, which didn’t have the software and cameras ready until earlier this month. After using it as my primary device for a few weeks, I can confidently say that the Honor Magic V2 is the most comfortable foldable phone I’ve used to date.

Perfectly bridging the gap between a regular and foldable phone

Galaxy S24 Ultra, Magic V2 and OnePlus Open top view.
Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), Honor Magic V2, and OnePlus Open Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

For a long time, my major issue with using foldable phones has been how they feel in the hand. It started with the Galaxy Z Fold (and still remains the same with the Galaxy Z Fold 5), which feels like holding two regular candy phones together. We got closer to a slab phone-like form factor on a foldable with the OnePlus Open, but it’s still thick. The Honor Magic V2 solves this problem with a thinner, lighter, and better form factor than ever.

Starting with thickness, at 10.1mm, the Magic V2 brings the foldable phone form factor closer to a slab phone experience than ever. The Ultimate variant with a vegan leather back is even thinner at 9.9mm.

For reference, mainstream foldable like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Google Pixel Fold, and the OnePlus Open measure 13.46mm, 12.1mm, and 11.7mm in thickness, respectively. While slab phones like the new Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro are 8.7mm and 8.8mm in thickness, respectively. The Magic V2 lies in the middle of these.

Secondly, the Magic V2 weighs 237 grams, which is eight grams lighter than the current best foldable phone, the OnePlus Open. The Samsung and Google foldables weigh way more at 253 grams (Galaxy Z Fold 5) and 283 grams (Pixel Fold), while the Galaxy S24 Ultra weighs 233 grams. The thin and light design makes it comparable to slab phones, which is a big feat for the foldable segment.

Honor made this possible by working on the material, hinge, and battery. First, it uses proprietary steel that is said to be 25% thinner and 20% stronger than the Honor Magic Vs. Second, the hinge is made out of titanium, which is 42% lighter than before. Third, the company made a slimmer silicon-carbon battery and doesn’t use a lithium-ion cell like other folding phones.

Honor Magic V2 cover display.
Honor Magic V2 cover display Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

Another aspect that gives it a slab phone-like form factor is a 21:9 aspect ratio cover display. On flagship phones like the Galaxy S24 Ultra or iPhone 15 Pro Max, you get an aspect ratio that is closer to 20:9. But on foldables, this is all over the place — from the tall Galaxy Z Fold 5 to the wide Pixel Fold. The OnePlus Open is the only other foldable with a 21:9 aspect ratio on the cover screen. This is important because it prevents apps from misbehaving, and they load like they would on a regular smartphone.

All of these factors combine to offer an amazing day-to-day experience. Using the new Honor foldable in daily life doesn’t feel like I’m using two phones slapped into one. As a result, holding it to browse, doomscroll on social media, and read is a better experience than other foldables. Moreover, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable when carried in my pocket because it fits in my pants like a regular phone. The shaving off of millimeters and grams from the build does wonders.

Unlike other foldables, the Honor Magic V2 isn’t a big screen that folds to give you a slab phone-like experience. Instead, it feels like a regular phone that unfolds to give you a big screen. And that is an amazing feat to achieve.

What else should you know about the Honor Magic V2?

Honor Magic V2 in hand with OnePlus Open in the background.
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The Honor Magic V2 features a 6.43-inch cover display and a 7.92-inch foldable screen inside. Both of these are OLED panels that offer a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and support for the Honor Magic Pen stylus. Both the screens are sharp and bright, with clear visibility in direct sunlight.

I enjoyed watching movies and videos on this phone, especially when I could fold it halfway in cramped flights. However, there’s no Dolby Vision support. I liked taking notes with the Honor stylus but didn’t carry it around because there’s no place in the phone or on its case to keep it. If you want to use the Magic Pen, you’ll have to carry it separately.

The hinge is solid and remains in the position you want it to. The crease situation is much better than the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but the OnePlus Open’s near non-existent crease is still the best implementation on a foldable screen. However, I enjoyed using the Honor Magic V2 because MagicOS 7.2 (based on Android 13) offers good multitasking capabilities.

You can run two apps side by side, and I’ve been using it to research stories on one side and take notes on the other. It works like a breeze – without any lag or stutter. There are plenty of gestures to make things easy and intuitive with swipes. I got used to them within a couple of days. That being said, OnePlus’s Open Canvas remains the multitasking benchmark in foldable software. Honor’s multitasking capabilities are on par with Galaxy Z Fold 5’s multitasking.

The Honor Magic V2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which might seem old on paper but is still capable. It is paired with 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage.

Talking about the processor, it was the flagship chip when the phone was released in China last year, but by the time the Magic V2 made its way to Europe, there had been plenty of phone launches with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. However, its main competitors, the OnePlus Open and Galaxy Z Fold 5, both carry the same chipset. You won’t feel like the Magic V2 is slow or last-gen by any means – it remains a top-notch device.

As for the cameras, the Honor Magic V2 sports three rear cameras that include a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 50MP ultrawide-angle lens, and a 20MP telephoto camera with 2.5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. On the front, you get 16MP cameras – one on the cover display and the other on the big inner screen.

The Honor Magic V2 captures a lot of detail on all three cameras. I like the color tuning and portrait photos. Photos taken at 10x are social media sharing-worthy, too. You can go up to 40x, but those aren’t good quality. The nighttime photos come out pretty well, too.

When compared to the OnePlus Open, the Magic V2 loses in telephoto camera performance. The Open clicks better zoom photos, but the Magic V2 has a better ultrawide camera output. As for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 comparison, I’d pick the Magic V2 over the Samsung foldable for the overall camera performance.

The Honor Magic V2 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging. In my time using it as my primary phone, it lasted me throughout the working days. For reference, my regular usage includes jumping around X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, WhatsApp, Slack, and Teams throughout the day with hours of browsing, clicking some photos, and about 20 minutes of navigation.

Innovation comes at a steep price

Honor Magic V2 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 in hand.
Honor Magic V2 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 (right) Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

The Honor Magic V2 is now available in Purple and Black color options for 1,700 British pounds/1,999 euros in Europe (without offers). It’s an expensive price tag when considering the Galaxy Z Fold 5 selling for 1,899 Euros and the OnePlus Open costing 1,799 Euros. However, I’d still recommend the Honor Magic V2 because it changes how you interact with foldable phones.

If you need the most value-for-money foldable phone, the OnePlus Open should be your go-to option. It offers the best camera setup on a foldable and near-crease-less inner display. But if you want a folding phone that doesn’t feel like you’re holding two phones when interacting with the cover display, the Honor Magic V2 should be your pick. It features an excellent design, great displays, smooth performance, an all-day battery life, and good cameras. It’s a remarkable package — and one that cements Honor as one of the top players in the foldable world.

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Samsung’s next folding phone could have a shocking price | Digital Trends

Samsung’s next folding phone could have a shocking price | Digital Trends

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Though foldable phones have been around for several years now, they’re still very expensive and out of reach for most people. For example, the latest Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is $1,800, and most of the competition is priced similarly. But Samsung may be working to fix that with a more affordable “entry-level” foldable.

According to a report from The Elec, it looks like Samsung will introduce an “entry-level” Galaxy Z Fold 6 device this year. The goal of this move would be to “increase the penetration rate of the foldable phone market,” which would make sense as we see more foldables originating from China.

The report also reveals that despite being one of the pioneers of the foldable market, Samsung is in third place in the Chinese market for that specific form factor. That’s due to the fact that Xiaomi, Honor, and Huawei have foldables with much more affordable price points in that region compared to Samsung and have thus outsold Samsung’s Z Fold series.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 display.
Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

If this sounds familiar, that’s because it isn’t the first time we’ve heard this. Samsung has been rumored to be working on a more affordable foldable, but it just hasn’t come to fruition quite yet. In November 2023, there were suggestions that the company would be working on a “midrange” foldable, but Samsung also apparently shot this idea down.

There are still no big leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 or Z Flip 6, for that matter. The only things that may be possible at this point are a different aspect ratio and a thinner profile.

OnePlus Open and Google Pixel Fold standing to show designs.
OnePlus Open (left) and Google Pixel Fold Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

As someone who has only started to dive into foldables with the Google Pixel Fold ($1,800) and the OnePlus Open ($1,700), I actually do enjoy the form factor. It’s great to have the compactness when the device is closed, while being able to open it up when you need more screen space. But the price has always been a problem, especially for the average person.

If Samsung is indeed going to launch a more affordable, entry-level foldable, I’m all for it. It will definitely entice those who have always wanted to try the form factor, but have balked at the price tags. For some people, having a foldable would make things simpler, as it might eliminate the need to carry around both a phone and a tablet. A cheaper Galaxy Z Fold 6 from Samsung could be the folding phone that makes getting such a device a reality for more people — and that’s exciting.

Editors’ Recommendations

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

Tushar Mehta / Digital Trends

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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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5 prices slashed for the holidays | Digital Trends

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5 prices slashed for the holidays | Digital Trends

If you’ve had an eye on either of Samsung’s current flagship foldable smartphones — the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 — this holiday season is the perfect time to buy them because of the discounts from the phone deals that Best Buy is offering. The 256GB Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is down to $850 from $1,000 for savings of $150, while the 256GB Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is down to $1,500 from $1,800 for savings of $300. They’re still pretty expensive mobile devices, but if you were planning to purchase them anyway, why not get them for cheaper than usual? You’ll have to hurry though, as we’re not sure how long stocks will last.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 (256GB) — $850, was $1,000

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 (256GB) — $1,500, was $1,800

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 (256GB) — $850, was $1,000

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is an extremely well-built folding smartphone with a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED cover screen with a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X inner screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The cover screen is the star here, because it’s much more useful compared to its predecessors as you can use it to open Quick Settings, access Samsung Pay, view all your notifications, and cycle through your widgets. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5’s 12MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera, and 10MP selfie camera will meet the needs of photography enthusiasts, and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor and 8GB of RAM promise smooth performance when watching streaming shows and playing video games.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 (256GB) — $1,500, was $1,800

Using the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5's new drag-and-drop feature.
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If you’re going to invest in Samsung phone deals, you might as well do so on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, which is our top choice among all of the best folding phones. The 6.2-inch cover screen and 7.6-inch inner screen are bright and colorful as they feature Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology and 120Hz refresh rates, and the smartphone features a hinge design that folds completely flat– finally! It’s also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor, but with 12GB of RAM for even better multitasking. In terms of cameras, the device is equipped with a 50MP main camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 10MP selfie camera on the cover screen.

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There’s already something wrong with the OnePlus 12 | Digital Trends

There’s already something wrong with the OnePlus 12 | Digital Trends


Early next year, OnePlus will release its new flagship phone — the OnePlus 12 — in the global market. But merely a few days after hitting the shelves in China, multiple users have shared images highlighting what looks like manufacturing defects on their OnePlus 12 units.

The issue, which could very well be a quality control flub for a specific batch, manifests as a gap between the camera module and the rest of the frame. In a few cases, buyers are also reporting a visible wedge between the curved rear glass shell and the metal frame. The incidents were first reported by Android Authority.

A gap in the frame usually appears when the battery inside has swollen, but since it’s a new phone, that scenario appears unlikely. Another report on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo mentions excessive glue oozing out of the gap. We previously reported about a similar issue plaguing the owners of Samsung’s foldable phones, especially the Galaxy Z Fold series.

Now, going from the history of similar defects in new devices, smartphone brands have usually offered a quick replacement. It won’t be surprising to see OnePlus doing the same, especially considering the flagship status of the device and the risks of avoiding a pre-launch bad press.

One of the reports also claims that one OnePlus 12 owner found a dead bug in the phone’s rear glass. No, that is not a joke.

Someone's OnePlus 12 has a dead insect inside the rear glass.
What kind of Quality measures OnePlus is taking while manufacturing OnePlus 12?

— Kartikey Singh (@That_Kartikey) December 11, 2023

Interestingly, this won’t be the first time that OnePlus users have reported about gaps on their OnePlus phones. Multiple reports on Reddit, the official OnePlus Community forum, dating as far back as 2018, mention the issue of a wedge appearing on the side or periphery of the camera module.

The most recent example is the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite, but user reports mention that OnePlus honored a replacement request without a fuss. It’s rather surprising, however, that reports of build-related defects affecting the OnePlus 12 have surfaced online so quickly.

It’s also somewhat startling because OnePlus puts a special emphasis on the design of its phones and recently talked extensively about that meticulous attention to detail on the OnePlus Open.

My own experience hasn’t been too different, especially with the gorgeous OnePlus 11 Marble Odyssey Edition and the leather-clad OnePlus Open, which has fared far better at avoiding scuff marks and dents than any Samsung foldable I’ve ever used.

As far as the OnePlus 12 goes, it’s packed to the gills. For a converted asking price of around $600, it offers a bright 120Hz OLED screen, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 silicon, a triple-camera setup with a periscope zoom lens, and support for 100W charging. The stateside launch of the phone is happening in the first quarter of 2024, as per official teasers.

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Something amazing happened to folding phones in 2023 | Digital Trends

Something amazing happened to folding phones in 2023 | Digital Trends

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Samsung has been in charge of leading the foldable segment for too long. For years, Samsung dominated the foldable landscape with little to no competition. But that changed in 2023.

While the company put in the work to improve the Galaxy Z Flip 5 with a bigger cover display, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 seemed to remain an afterthought. Fortunately, other smartphone manufacturers started rolling out more foldable phones globally this year, and now, Samsung’s aren’t the go-to choice anymore. There’s finally healthy competition and choice for folding phones, and I’m so here for it.

Finally, some real competition

OnePlus Open and Google Pixel Fold camera modules.
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Samsung started facing the heat from Google in June with the rollout of the Google Pixel Fold. It introduced a new form factor with a wide cover display and a horizontal aspect ratio on the inside. In my opinion, it isn’t an ideal form factor, especially with the weight and not having a vertical display on the inside. But it brought actual competition for the foldable phone market in the U.S. — a critically important task.

Honor showcased the slimmest and lightest foldable with the Honor Magic V2 in September, and it was a turning point for me. It lies in the middle of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold in terms of form factor. It solved the major design issues that were a norm for book-style foldables.

The Honor Magic V2 is closer to a slab phone in more than one way. It is thin enough to feel like a regular slab phone and weighs less than my then-primary phone, the iPhone 14 Pro Max. In fact, Honor made a whole new slim 5,000mAh battery for its foldable. Plus, It has a crease less than the other two Folds and packs a 20:9 cover screen, which is close to what you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra or the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

While the Honor Magic V2’s global availability hasn’t been announced, it is slated to launch sometime in Q1 2024. It showcased what a book-style foldable can be and became a benchmark for design – at least for me. And it remains one even after the launch of the OnePlus Open (more on that below).

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 next to the Motorola Razr Plus, both showing their cover screens.
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Additionally, we saw the return of Motorola Razr with the Motorola Razr (2023) and Motorola Razr Plus. The latter was arguably better than the Galaxy Z Flip 5, with a bigger cover screen and better battery life. Globally, Oppo had already rolled out the Find N2 Flip, which introduced a new vertical cover screen on the outside.

Samsung made a good comeback with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 in Q3, which brought a solid hinge and new cover screen but with the same dual camera setup and gutter-like crease in the middle. The Oppo Find N3 Flip solved both concerns with a triple rear camera setup that included a dedicated telephoto lens on a flip phone for the first time. Plus, the crease situation was much better than Samsung’s phones.

One phone beat Samsung at its own game

OnePlus Open from the back, in hand and less than half folded.
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If the Honor Magic V2 had been released outside of China, it’d be my go-to recommendation for a book-style foldable. But OnePlus did what Honor couldn’t with its first big foldable, the OnePlus Open. It not only challenged Samsung but beat it in almost every way — despite undercutting it on the price.

Similar to the Honor Magic V2, the OnePlus Open features a 20:9 aspect ratio, which I consider ideal for this type of foldable. As a result of the slab-like cover screen, apps don’t misbehave, which is an issue on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold – whether with black borders or the app not being comfortable and displaying zoomed-in text on an irregular aspect ratio. But the OnePlus Open did two other things that no other folding phone has done yet.

First, It offered a camera setup that’s better and more versatile than any big foldable phone. At launch, it had some issues with tuning for the new Sony sensor, but it has only gotten better with updates. Plus, the 6x zoom feels straight out of a more traditional flagship phone.

Two games running simultaneously on OnePlus Open held in hands.
Botworld (top) and Whiteout Survival running on OnePlus Open simultaneously. Tushar Mehta / Digital Trends

Second, the crease is almost negligible. You can still feel it, but it’s notably less than the Samsung, Google, Honor, or Tecno foldables. You can’t see it 99% of the time, and for that 1% you can, you have to view it at a specific angle. It’s a non-issue.

The OnePlus Open also took multitasking to the next level with its Open Canvas feature. For the first time, you can now have three apps simultaneously on your screen, with each interaction just a tap away. When you use it, you realize how much you can accomplish on the big inner display. I can plan for my next story or my next trip with Chrome, YouTube, and Google Keep all open simultaneously.

The OnePlus Open is easily my favorite phone of the year that’s available globally.

2023 did something else for foldables

Tecno Phantom V Fold and Tecno Phantom V Flip.
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It’s no secret that folding phones come at an expensive price tag, and oftentimes, it’s the price that keeps consumers from jumping on the foldable bandwagon. But Tecno democratized the market by launching a book-style foldable and a flip phone at unbelievable prices.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold was launched at 79,999 Indian Rupees (INR), which translates to $960, less than most regular flagship phones. YouTuber Michael Fisher famously called it the “a fold at the price of a flip” – something Tecno used at its launch event.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold's open screen.
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The Phantom V Fold isn’t a bad foldable by any means. It offers a more useable cover screen and a lesser crease on the inner screen than the Galaxy Z Fold 5. There were obviously instances where Tecno had to cut corners. For example, the hinge is either at 90 degrees or 180 degrees flat, and the cameras aren’t something to boast about, but they’re workable.

As if that wasn’t enough, Tecno also launched a flip phone at 49,999 INR ($600), which brings it to a mid-range phone category, similar to the Motorola Razr launch price in the US. It is selling for 54,999 INR ($660) and still remains the cheapest flip phone on the market, slightly cheaper than the $700 Motorola Razr.

You might not get the fastest performance or the best cameras on these two flip phones, but they are democratizing foldables, which have long remained a novel pursuit. In 2023, folding phones aren’t something you have to splurge on, and that’s a big win for the form factor.

Folding phones are here to stay

Honor Magic V2 and OnePlus Open in hand.
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In short, 2023 was an outstanding year for folding phones.

Samsung faced more competition than ever, which exposed its lazy approach with the Fold 5. Google entered the segment. Honor showed you can make foldables as slim and light as a slab phone. OnePlus led the form factor with great cameras, a near-creaseless display, and next-level multitasking. Oppo introduced a dedicated telephoto camera on a flip phone for the first time. Motorola and Tecno brought foldables to the masses.

That’s more activity in the global foldable market than we’ve seen in the last four years combined — since the launch of the first Galaxy Fold in 2019. I’m still amazed by having a 7.6-inch tablet-like display right inside my pocket that enables me to do so much more than a regular, non-folding phone.

I hope 2024 continues to be amazing for foldables and that Samsung pushes itself to make the Galaxy Z Fold 6 more than an iterative upgrade. This is the best year we’ve had yet for folding phones, and I can’t wait to see where the niche is another year from now.

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Don’t wait for the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Just buy this phone instead | Digital Trends

Don’t wait for the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Just buy this phone instead | Digital Trends

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is nine months old, and over the next few weeks, talk of its successor — the inevitable Galaxy S24 Ultra — will start to gather pace.

I went back to the S23 Ultra to see if it was still as exciting as it was in February this year. I also wanted to see if waiting for the sequel instead of buying it today would be a wise decision to make. Here’s what I learned.

What makes the Galaxy S23 Ultra unique

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's screen.
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Just using the Galaxy S23 Ultra wouldn’t be enough. I wanted to remind myself what made it special. What if I said I had written the opening paragraphs on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, all using the S Pen stylus? Well, I did, and although it took a while and wasn’t very intuitive for a start, it did remind me just how good the technology behind Samsung’s stylus really is.

I’ve always struggled to get much use from the S Pen as I’m not an artist or a prolific note-taker, but it is one of the S23 Ultra’s unique features. It’s also genuinely well-engineered and very precise, so I wanted to find a way it would fit into my life when revisiting the Galaxy S23 Ultra nine months into its life.

Not only that, but I’ll find any excuse to use the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera again, especially as it also has a unique feature: the 10x optical zoom. If I used both these features and didn’t feel much for them, or each disappointed in some way, then holding out for the Galaxy S24 Ultra would probably feel like the right course of action.

Writing with the S Pen

A person using the S Pen stylus on the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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Yes, I really am scribbling these words on the S23 Ultra’s screen with the S Pen. Sadly my options for writing anything using it are limited, especially as I wanted to use the S Pen’s handwriting-to-text feature. It doesn’t work in Google Docs, so I had to use Samsung Notes. It turned out to actually be really accurate once I got used to it, but it is quite slow going.

Writing a thousand words solely using the S Pen and Notes would take much longer than it would using a keyboard, and editing it would be even more time-consuming. To not confuse the conversion to text, it’s best to write just a few words at a time, and punctuation has to be added using the keyboard, while moving between paragraphs and words can mean messing everything up.

Using the S Pen to write a note on the Galaxy S23 Ultra's lock screen.
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Writing short notes is superb — it was astonishingly accurate at converting even my worst scribbles into the correct text — but not so much for longer missives. It’s at this point I’m going to switch to my trusty computer to write the rest. Sorry about that, but I do have other things to do today.

There’s no other phone on sale today of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s caliber with a stylus that’s integrated into the body, and the S Pen sets the benchmark for performance at an extremely high level. I don’t really have cause to use it very often, but when I do, I’m consistently impressed by what Samsung has managed to achieve. It’s genuinely pen-like when writing on the screen, right down to the scratchy accompanying sound effect, and even though it’s quite thin, I didn’t find it uncomfortable to grip. It makes the S23 Ultra special, and in the right hands, it is a really big benefit.

Zoom in and edit

The Galaxy S23 Ultra's camera lenses.
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The S Pen isn’t the only feature that singles the Galaxy S23 Ultra out as being unique in the market. It’s still the only top smartphone to use a telephoto camera capable of a 10x optical zoom. This is far more up my street than the S Pen, and I always get plenty of use out of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s versatile telephoto camera.

Over the time I’ve been using the S23 Ultra again, I’ve been putting the camera up against the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max. Even though the Pro Max has a 2x and 5x optical zoom feature, it’s nowhere near as accomplished as the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s zoom and lacks the same level of detail and sharpness. In the same way, the S Pen separates the S23 Ultra from other phones, so does the telephoto camera. It won’t be for everyone all the time, but when you do come to use it, it’s always very impressive.

It’s not just taking photos that’s fun with the Galaxy S23 Ultra — it’s editing them, too. While Google’s pushing the use of AI with Magic Editor to change the look of your photos, I think the Lightroom for Samsung app is the better choice. It’s well worth the subscription, as you can generate more realistic, better-looking photos that suit your taste and not just leave everything down to luck and the AI. The two photos above are a before-and-after view of what’s possible in Lightroom, even for an amateur like me with only a general understanding of the app’s ability.

Worth buying at the end of 2023?

The back of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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It won’t be that long until we start to hear more about the Galaxy S24 Ultra, which will inevitably arrive in early 2024. But what if you want a new phone now and are eyeing up the Galaxy S23 Ultra but are aware it’ll be replaced early next year? Knowing when to wait for a new piece of hardware is always difficult, and although it’s always somewhat advisable to hold back and get the latest product, I’m not convinced you need to with the S23 Ultra.

It hasn’t “aged” at all over the past nine months. It’s still every bit as fantastic as it was when I first reviewed it. Every time I’ve returned to the phone this year, I’ve enjoyed it a great deal, and this time is no different. Apart from the sheer power and ability — the processor and screen are still the best you can get — unique features like the S Pen and telephoto camera make it truly special and unmatched by other expensive devices.

I chose the Galaxy Z Flip 5 over the Galaxy Z Fold 5 this year and would recommend the Galaxy S23 Ultra over the Galaxy Z Fold 5 too. The big-screen foldable may have that initial wow factor, but the S23 Ultra represents the pinnacle of non-folding big-screen flagship phones in 2023, while the Z Fold 5 has now got a pair of genuine rivals in the Google Pixel Fold and the OnePlus Open. Using the Galaxy S23 Ultra again has reminded me why it’s still unrivaled and still an absolute recommendation, even with the S24 Ultra potentially only a few months away.

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