With the launch of the OnePlus 12, the OnePlus open has seen some insane deals, especially for trade-ins. The price itself was down to $1499, and up to $1000 is offered for the trade-in on specific devices. The OnePlus 11 that I currently own, can be traded in for $800 at the right time. As of the time of this writing, however, there are no deals. But there’s only more to come, and who knows, there could be even bigger deals. As expensive as the OnePlus Open is, it is hands down the best folding phone on the market while being cheaper in cost for the same amount of memory versus others. It also has the best multitasking features, allowing for up to 3 apps to be displayed split screen.

OnePlus calls their multitasking features as “Canvas”. The 3rd app can easily be brought into view. Or it can be a floating window.

The OnePlus’s aspect ratio is considered better as a result. The Open obviously wins in the display department. It also has the largest battery capacity, at 4800 mAH (4400 mAH for the Samsung) and faster charging at 67 watts, with the Samsung only reaching 25 watts (slower than the OnePlus 7 five years ago!). A folding phone can be expected to guzzle power with its huge displays, and if you expect to use it like a tablet, battery life and charging speed should be paramount. The OnePlus Open comes in a 16 GB RAM/512 GB storage configuration, which is no doubt plentiful and future proofed for years to come.

Left to Right: Pixel Fold, OnePlus Open, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, all outer displays.

The only “downsides” versus competitors is that the Open lacks wireless charging, and a not so great IP rating. Wireless charging, which to be honest, is pitifully slow and probably useless on huge folding phones (oddly enough OnePlus’s 8/9 Pro, and 12 sport the fastest wireless charging ever at 50 watts). The reduced IP rating? You’re not expecting to take your folding phone swimming, are you? You’ll find that the Pixel Fold barely comes into the conversation. Its display is inferior in all respects: lower resolution, less brightness, and highly reflective. It has relatively huge bezels, and its inner display has a noticeable crease, and to make matter worse, the phone barely appears flat when open. Its charging isn’t much to brag about either, coming at a max at 30 watts, barely beating Samsung.

Yikes. The OnePlus Open technically isn’t flat either, but at 179 degrees, it’s impossible to tell.