As expected, Xiaomi held a conference on August 11 to announce new products. One in particular interests us since it is a folding smartphone coming to compete with another smartphone also freshly announced, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung. And the least we can say is that the iteration of the Chinese giant makes you really want.
One of the thinnest smartphones on the market
Before tackling the screens and the 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, for all that, Xiaomi has made real efforts on the design. In particular on the finesse of its product – we can indeed blame its competitors for their thickness. The Mix Fold 2 measures just 11.2mm when folded and 5.4mm when unfolded. The hinge allows the smartphone to fold completely on itself, quite the opposite of a Fold 4, which leaves a space between the two parts of its screen. Xiaomi’s model therefore remains perfectly flat, open or closed. To achieve such a feat of engineering, Xiaomi says it has reduced the number of components needed to create the hinge as much as possible. The latter is made up of 87 pieces, which makes it possible to lighten the smartphone in addition to occupying less space within it.
Two screens make up the Mix Fold 2. The one placed 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 indicates a bright peak of 1000 nits. Inside, the terminal has a slab of 8.02 inches. Xiaomi has teamed up with Samsung to integrate an Eco² Oled panel which uses Pol-less technology to reduce the reflectance of the screen thanks to the use of a film using a black matrix. The firm announces a passage of the light of the upper 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 light of 1000 nits. The screen definition is 2160 x 1914 pixels for a 4:3 ratio.
Leica as backup for the photo
For the photo, Xiaomi swaps the 108 megapixels of 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, it is obviously the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 which was chosen by the manufacturer, coupled with 12 GB of RAM. For storage, the choice is 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB. Autonomy is not left out since the Mix Fold 2 accommodates a 4500 mAh battery which can be recharged at 67 W. To reduce the clearance 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
The 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 pleasant experience and adapted to the particular format of the folding smartphone. In-house apps take full advantage of the available screen space, and third-party titles should fit much more easily thanks to Android 12L’s contribution. Quick interactions have been added to the interface, allowing actions to be triggered using touch shortcuts.
As dreamy as the smartphone leaves, it will however be necessary to be satisfied with the various visuals or grips on YouTube. Indeed, it is unlikely that this Mix Fold 2 will come to us, like the first model that we had only seen at trade shows. This still leaves Samsung, with its Fold 4, almost alone in this market, except in the segment of “clamshell” models. Still, in terms of price, the Mix Fold 2 is displayed from €1400 and its most expensive version costs around €1800, after a raw conversion.