Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: the thinnest folding smartphone at the moment

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After a first folding smartphone that was never marketed here, Xiaomi is back with the Mix Fold 2, a model that competes with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. Will it be sold in Europe? Nothing is less secure.

As expected, Xiaomi held a conference on August 11 to announce new products. One in particular interests us as it is a folding smartphone that will compete with another smartphone that has also just been announced, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung. And the least we can say is that the repetition of the Chinese giant makes you really want.

One of the thinnest smartphones on the market

Before we tackle the screens and photo part, let’s take a look at the design. This Mix Fold 2 looks like any other full-size folding smartphone, especially when closed. But despite all that, Xiaomi has put a lot of effort into the design. Especially because of its product’s finesse – we can actually blame their competitors for their thickness. The Mix Fold 2 measures just 11.2mm when folded and 5.4mm when unfolded. The hinge means that the smartphone can be folded completely on itself, unlike a Fold 4, which leaves a gap between the two parts of its screen. Xiaomi’s model therefore remains perfectly flat, open or closed. To achieve such an engineering feat, Xiaomi says it has reduced the number of components needed to create the hinge as much as possible. The latter consists of 87 parts, which makes it possible to lighten the smartphone in addition to taking up less space in it.

The smartphone is 5.4 mm thick when unfolded.

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Two screens make up the Mix Fold 2. The one located outside, Oled, measures 6.5 inches with a definition of 2580 x 1080 pixels (ratio 21:9). A refresh rate of 120 Hz is offered and Xiaomi states a brightness of 1000 nits. Inside, the terminal has a plate of 8.02 inches. Xiaomi has teamed up with Samsung to integrate an Eco² Oled panel, which uses Pol-free technology to reduce the reflectance of the screen thanks to the use of a film that uses a black matrix. The company announces a passage of light from the top screen of 33%, as well as a reduced energy consumption of 25%. Like the external panel, this one has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a peak brightness of 1000 nits. The screen definition is 2160 x 1914 pixels for a 4:3 ratio.

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Leica as backup for the image

For the image, Xiaomi changes the 108 megapixels from the previous model to integrate a 50 megapixel module, the well-known IMX 766. The latter is coupled with a 13 megapixel ultra wide-angle lens as well as an 8 megapixel telephoto lens (optical zoom x2). As on the 12S Ultra from the same manufacturer, Leica brings its expertise to the software part by offering two color modes: “Leica authentic look” and “Leica vibrant look”. In video, Xiaomi announces support for Dolby Vision HDR.

On the performance side, of course, it is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which was chosen by the manufacturer, combined with 12 GB of RAM. For storage, the choice is 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB. Autonomy is not left out, as the Mix Fold 2 houses a 4500 mAh battery, which can be recharged at 67 W. To reduce the release of heat, Xiaomi has equipped its folding smartphone with a vapor cooling chamber, as it can do on its other high-end devices or even its models focused on video games.

A dedicated interface

Mix Fold 2 is based on the MIUI Fold 13 interface, a derivative version of MIUI 13 specially designed for Xiaomi’s folding smartphone. Android 12L also joins the party, as on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Both come to offer a more comfortable experience and adapted to the special format of the foldable smartphone. Internal apps take full advantage of the available screen space, and third-party titles should fit much more easily thanks to Android 12L’s contributions. Quick interactions have been added to the interface, allowing actions to be triggered using touch shortcuts.

As dreamy as the smartphone leaves, however, it will be necessary to be satisfied with the various visuals or grips on YouTube. Indeed, this Mix Fold 2 is unlikely to come to us, just like the first model we had only seen at trade shows. This still leaves Samsung, with its Fold 4, almost alone in this market, except in the “clamshell” segment. Still, in terms of price, the Mix Fold 2 appears from €1400, and its most expensive version costs around €1800, after a crude conversion.

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