Foldable smartphones have come a long way in terms of both style and functionality, and the increased adoption rate among smartphone users shows that there is significant demand for foldable Android handsets. With that being said, there’s a wide range of different foldable devices to choose from, and to be honest it can sometimes get overwhelming trying to pick what’s best for you.
For this one, we’re going to do a quick comparison between three different foldable devices – the Oppo Find N2 Flip, the Honor Magic Vs, and the Tecno Phantom V Fold. While they all run Android and come with a folding design, there are some advantages to consider with each one. We’re going to take a look at what each device excels at, and hopefully help you figure out which one you should go for – let’s get started!
Oppo Find N2 Flip
First up we have the Oppo Find N2 Flip, Oppo’s main competitor against devices like Samsung’s own Galaxy Flip series. Compared to the other two devices on this showdown, the N2 Flip does stand out as being the most pocket-friendly, thanks to a smaller 6.8-inch AMOLED display, although this difference in portability might be seen by some as a weak point, especially users who are after a larger display – which is arguably the main point of owning a foldable.
It does shine in other aspects however – for example, ColorOS 13 is a more refined experience compared to older iterations of the platform, and the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ inside does a good job of making sure that the phone can keep up with fairly demanding apps and tasks. There’s also 16GB of RAM onboard, so you’re getting a pretty capable setup in case you want to run resource-intensive software.
I’m also a fan of the phone’s build quality, particularly the matte black finish on the unit that we have here. Oppo’s high-end phones have a reputation for being well-made, and the N2 Flip is no exception. One downside though is that the device only comes with IPX4 certification, which is a bit understandable given all the moving parts involved.
The phone comes with a 4300 mAh battery, and while it does come with fast-charging, it tops out at 44W, which technically ranks as the slowest out of all three devices in this video. Additionally, you also need a compatible Super VOOC charger to make the most out of its fast-charging capabilities.
Honor Magic Vs
Up next is the Honor Magic Vs – right away, its larger 7.9-inch display size gives it an advantage over the N2 Flip, offering users more possibilities in terms of productivity, multitasking, and entertainment options. The same can be said of the outer display which measures 6.45 inches, and basically gives you a more “standard” sized display with more functionality over the N2 Flip’s smaller cover screen. It’s also slimmer when folded, measuring just 6.1mm vs 7.5mm and 6.9mm on the N2 Flip and Phantom V Fold.
While the N2 Flip and Phantom V both come with MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipsets, the Magic Vs stands out thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip on board. While both chipsets are neck and neck in terms of overall performance, the Qualcomm chip does have a slight edge in terms of battery endurance, which might be a deciding factor for some users.
In terms of software, the Magic Vs comes with a level of polish that has a cleaner feel overall, especially when compared to the Phantom V Fold. It’s not exactly clean in the same way that you would describe AOSP or a Pixel phone, but in comparison to the Phantom V Fold there’s a smaller amount of bloatware, save for some pre-installed Honor apps.
Another advantage of the Magic Vs is the camera performance. The triple camera setup on the device adds a level of versatility compared to the limited dual-array sensor on the Flip N2, and it does allow users to record videos of up to 4K resolution at 60 fps, a setting that’s not available on the N2 Flip and Phantom V Fold.
Battery is likewise another department where the device excels. There’s a 5,000 mAh battery which is the same capacity as on the Phantom V Fold, although the Magic Vs does support 66W charging speeds. This is a lot more ideal as it outpaces the 44 and 45W charging speeds on the N2 Flip and the Phantom V Fold, respectively.
TECNO Phantom V Fold
Last but not the least here is the Tecno Phantom V Fold, which is obviously the closest in terms of form factor to the Honor Magic Vs. While both devices come with a very similar look and form factor, there are some key differences between the two.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the V Fold is the price – it’s technically the most affordable of all three devices, coming in at around 1100 dollars when converted. This is of course something to consider if you’re after a foldable that won’t break the bank, but it should also be said that Tecno devices are rare in the West, and interested buyers in North America will need to import the Phantom V Fold from third-party retailers.
The Phantom V Fold also has an edge in terms of display hardware – it comes with a 2000 x 2296 pixel resolution on the inner display, which slightly outperforms the 1984 x 2272 pixel resolution display of the Magic Vs. Additionally, its 120Hz refresh rate is admittedly nicer to navigate compared to the 90hz display on the Magic Vs. If display quality is your top priority, then the V Fold is a no-brainer.
Pricing and Conclusion
With all things considered, it should be said that choice will ultimately boil down to individual user needs, and some of you guys might be after a more compact device, in which case the Oppo Find N2 Flip might be the best one for you out of these three. On the other hand, if you’re looking to save some cash, then the Tecno Phantom V Fold will be the obvious choice.
Overall though, the Honor Magic Vs is tough to beat especially for users on the hunt for a nice mix of performance and features. Its larger display size means that there’s more you can do versus the Oppo N2 Flip, and MagicOS is simply more refined and well-tuned versus the software that’s preloaded on the Phantom V Fold.
Of course, we also mentioned the more capable video recording, the faster charging speeds, and the Qualcomm chipset on board. It’s a well-rounded device, and users looking for a capable alternative to Samsung’s line of foldable devices will find a lot to love about the Honor Magic Vs.
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