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The flagship flip phone space is basically the foldable phone space right now, and just like every other category of flip phones you don't have much choice to speak of. Huawei does offer the Mate Xs in Australia, but its lack of Google integration makes it a tough phone to recommend. We've seen sniffs of foldables from the likes of Oppo, and Google is reportedly still working on a foldable Pixel while TCL continues to show off prototypes.
That leaves the foldable space in Samsung's court, and at least with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 it's delivered a premium phone experience if you want the flexibility of a regular phone that expands into a tablet form factor. Expanding out into a tablet that's also S-Pen compatible is a genius move, although it is disappointing that it'll only work with newer S-Pen models. That's especially true given you don't get an S-Pen in the box of what is a pricey phone.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review.
The other side of the flip phone equation is the classic flip feature phone, but again in the current Australian market you only have a very limited set of choices to make if that classic flip style is what excites you in a feature phone. There's a lot of brands out there that you never will have heard of offering up cheap phones, or if you're prepared to spend a little more, there's Nokia with the Nokia 2720 Flip.
OK, it's not actually Nokia, because all the Nokia phones these days are made by a company called HMD Global who hold the licence for Nokia branded phones, but the Nokia 2720 Flip is a total throwback device to the time when Nokia was top dog in phones. On the plus side it's a nicely simple phone with large dialling buttons, good battery life and even a smattering of apps on its KaiOS platform. On the minus side, it's a little pricey for a feature phone, and it has a really ordinary camera, something we didn't really need a throwback to.
Read our full Nokia 2720 Flip phone review.
Aspera sells itself as an "Australian" mobile phone brand, and its specialty is low-cost mobiles with a strong focus on simple Android devices. It still has a sideline in feature phones, and particularly flip phones at affordable price points. The Aspera F42 isn't expensive, and it isn't fancy, but if you're primarily after a simple phone for actual calls and SMS messaging, it'll do the trick.
That low cost does bring with it compromises, including a surprisingly mediocre battery in our tests; classic flip phones could last weeks but the battery life of the Aspera F42 is just a couple of days. It at least won't take you too long to charge up its small included battery. It's also one of only a handful of phones you can buy these days with a truly removable battery.
Read our full Aspera F42 review.
If you want a true smartphone that also folds up in the style of your classic feature phone, you're again left with only a small range of choices. Two, to be precise, with Motorola's RAZR taking on Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3. The Z Flip 3 easily wins that battle thanks to a wider camera array, better durability and a huge range of colour choices, especially now that Samsung allows you to custom order a staggering 49 "bespoke" versions of the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
The compact size and style of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is absolutely the point of this particular handset, and while it's less expensive than prior Z Flip generations, it's still absolutely a premium priced handset with some limitations in play. Battery life is low for a flagship, and its dual camera array is a touch limited compared to what you could get for the same money in a regular Android handset.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review.
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