Samsung has added polish to its screen-folding innovation, and that’s seen in two design features. The first is the ‘Hideaway Hinge’. This smooth backbone to the Fold 2 lets you prop open the inner display at any angle from 75 to 115 degrees. So you can stop mid-unfold and use the phone like you would a laptop – a very tiny laptop. Or, since half of the phone is standing upright, you can easily snap a selfie using the rear camera. No tripod necessary.
There’s more to the Fold 2 screen than intricate folding mechanisms. Its size and refresh rate have been boosted so much.
The 6.2-inch Cover Display is now more usable, despite the fact that the phone’s dimensions haven’t changed dramatically, and it’s still easy to hold in one hand when folded. It’s a meaningful jump from the measly 4.6-inch front screen that made the original Fold’s feel as if it contained more black bezel than actual screen. It still feels cramped to type on when the keyboard pops up, but we can at least get off a message with enough swype-typing precision.
Both screens, front and inside, look tack-sharp, and the inside display benefits from an adaptive 120Hz screen refresh rate. Movies and games move more fluidly than on a 60Hz screen, and it’s really noticeable on such a large display. Samsung’s tech is smart enough to dial down the refresh rate when you’re doing something less graphics-dependent, like checking email, to conservative battery.
The biggest changes to smartphone software in the last decade are happening right now, and that’s because foldable phones are pushing the idea of using multiple apps simultaneously. The functionality has existed on phones before, but the concept is fully realized on the Fold 2.