Like Lenovo-Motorola, Xiaomi also presents an ambitious direct competitor for the Korean giant as a nimble counter-reaction
The past week certainly deserves to go down in the collective memory as the hot period of the folding smartphones – when, along with Samsung’s big double announcement, we received direct competitors from both Motorola and Xiaomi, with each focusing on a different half of the Korean Fold-Flip pair. We have already told you about the new Razr for 2022, and now you should also turn your attention to the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, which looks like a much more practical model than its predecessor that was introduced a year and a half ago.
The Mix Fold 2 will try to steal some of the interest and attention from the high-end Galaxy Z Fold4, boasting impressive thinness, larger screens than those found in Samsung and several times faster charging (on paper) for the internal battery – while many of the other features are similar very much between the two models and may encourage healthy competition, if and when Xiaomi decides to take its version on an international tour.
In the new advanced device you will find a long external AMOLED screen of 6.56 inches with a resolution of 2,520×1,080 pixels, with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, support for Dolby Vision and a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits – but the highlight is of course a flexible OLED screen with LTPO2 technology with a size 8.02 inch diagonal, 2,160×1,912 pixel resolution, up to 120 Hz refresh rate, 10-bit color display support, Dolby Vision support and a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits that hides inside, ready to deploy that makes the Mix Fold 2 something which is more like a tablet than a conventional smart device.
The device is based on a Gorilla Glass Victus protective coating on the back and front parts that are not flexible, alongside UTG glass (Ultra Thing Glass) from a German company called Schott as the protective layer on the surface of the flexible internal display – and this happens alongside an improved bending axis with an extremely narrow radius, Which allows Xiaomi to boast a thickness of only 11.2 millimeters for the device when it is closed and only 5.4 millimeters when it is open (less than the data of the Fold4 and much less than the first Mi Mix).
Inside the device you will find the latest Android 12 system, of course, with the MIUI Fold 13 interface that has certain adjustments for the unique configuration, Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, fast internal UFS 3.1 storage that starts at 256GB and reaches 1TB, LPDDR5 memory of 12GB by default just like At Samsung, stereo speakers from Harman/Kardon (a brand owned by Samsung, somewhat ironically), dual-channel Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, a built-in NFC chip, a built-in infrared transmitter, a built-in optical fingerprint scanner under the display and a 4,500mAh battery with support When charging 67 watts, a cord that will return full capacity in 40 minutes or less.
The photography setup in the Mix Fold 2, branded by the famous partner Leica, consists of a main Sony IMX766 unit based on a 50-megapixel sensor in size 1/1.56 inch with optical stabilization, a secondary 13-megapixel unit for wide-angle photography and a telephoto camera that provides Up to 2x zoom compared to the main unit, plus a 20 megapixel selfie sensor inside a ‘hole’ recess for the secondary front screen – where the flexible screen remains intact without holes or recesses but also without its own selfie camera, unlike the Fold4.
The relative disadvantages of the Mix Fold 2 compared to the competitor from Samsung is the lack of official protection against water, the lack of support for wireless charging and a photographic setup that, at least on paper, is apparently a little less versatile – but the relative advantages of Xiaomi are larger display areas, exciting thinness in design, wired charging Faster and apparently slightly more sane pricing as well.
The Fold 2 will be offered in China in black or gold with a starting price tag of 9,000 yuan, which translates to about 1,300 euros and is about 500 euros lower than the official European pricing of the Galaxy Z Fold4. In fact, for a price similar to the base price of the Fold4 with 256GB of internal storage, you can get the top version of the Fold 2 in China, with a full terabyte of UFS storage – but it is nevertheless worth noting that the prices in China (before tax) are not necessarily The prices we’ll see in Europe when the availability expansion comes, so at the end of the day Samsung’s biggest and most obvious advantage will be that its model can be ordered now and received within a few weeks, while with its Chinese competitor the situation is much more dim at this point.