This week can safely be declared “the week of foldable smartphones”. Following Moto razr 2022, Samsung Galaxy Fold4 and Galaxy Flip4, Xiaomi continued the theme of niche gadgets by showing Xiaomi MIX Fold 2. This is a competitor to the Galaxy Fold4. At the same time, it has a camera that the company worked on with Leica, a thinner body, and even larger displays than the Galaxy Fold4.
Xiaomi did not go the way of Oppo, who tried to make a compact Find N of such type. Therefore, it is difficult to call MIX Fold 2 compact, despite even the record thickness for its class. In the open state, the dimensions of the device are 161.1×144.7×5.4 mm, and in the closed state – 161.1×73.9×11.2 mm. A huge smartphone, but significantly smaller than the first MIX Fold. The weight is 262 grams, which is also significantly less than the previous model, and only one gram less than the Galaxy Fold4.
Of course, for such body dimensions, the company had to work on the hinge. And, as Fold Universe Twitter draws attention, it has its own specifications. While all similar smartphones have fixed positions for different angles of opening the internal display, MIX Fold 2 does not have such an option. However, Xiaomi can be praised for the hinge, because even in the video you can see that the bending line has visually improved significantly.
The smartphone also lacks another important feature — protection against water and dust. Foldable devices from Samsung, for example, are not afraid of water.
The dimensions of the case, as always, are dictated by the size of the displays. The external AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 6.56 inches received a resolution of 2520×1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 21:9, a refresh rate of 120 Hz, supports HDR10+, has a peak illumination level of 1300 cd/m² and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
The internal display covers 88.4% of the surface at a diagonal of 8.4 inches. Its resolution is 2160×1914 points. This is an LTPO2 OLED screen with the same refresh rate, brightness, and other specifications. The development of matrix protection was entrusted to Schott, which also works with flexible glass for smartphones.
It is interesting that the internal display does not have a polarizing layer. The company sees this as an advantage in the form of energy savings and a better image. But on the other hand, it can be more difficult to work with such a display outdoors in daylight.
As for other specifications, here we have a fairly standard flagship smartphone, which is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 12 GB of RAM, and storage options will be offered from 256 GB to 1 TB. It supports 5G, Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, works with several navigation systems, has NFC and even an infrared port.
The main camera unit houses three sensors, including a 50-megapixel wide-angle Sony IMX766 with an aperture value of ƒ/1.8 and a lens from Leica, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with ƒ/2.4, and a telephoto with ƒ/2.6 and two times zoom.
And unlike Samsung, Xiaomi installed in a smartphone only one selfie camera (20 MP), the cut-out of which is located in the upper part of the external display. In this way, the internal display is completely dedicated to the content, which will not be disturbed by any cutouts.
In the second version of its folding smartphone, the company reduced the battery capacity to 4500 mAh. But MIX Fold 2 also supports 67-watt fast charging, which should allow you to fully charge the device in 40 minutes.
Currently, pre-orders are open in China, and buyers will start receiving new products in a few days – on August 16. The price range is $1340-1780 depending on the drive. A choice of black or gold body color will also be offered.