A day after Samsung lifted the lid on its new foldable flagship, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Xiaomi announced its next foldable, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, at a launch event in China. This device looks like a huge upgrade over last year’s Mi Mix Fold. It also looks like Xiaomi is playing unique game with Samsung in a few notable areas.
For one thing, the Mix Fold 2 is several millimeters longer and wider than the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It’s almost a millimeter thinner when unfolded and just 11.2mm thick when unfolded. it is bent. This makes it the world’s thinnest dual-screen foldable phone. It’s also a whole gram lighter than the Fold 4.
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Unsurprisingly, the Mix Fold 2 will use Samsung’s new Eco2 OLED foldable display for its internal display. There is a slight difference. It offers a slightly higher resolution of 1914 x 2160 compared to Samsung’s 1812 x 2176 in the Fold 4. Xiaomi’s external display is also slightly “better” than the Fold 4, measuring 6.56 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2520 compared to the Fold 4’s 6.2-inch 904 x 2316 external display. Both displays on the Mix Fold 2 are capable of 120Hz, 1000nit brightness and are Dolby Vision certified.
Both devices share some similarities. The Mix Fold 2 also uses a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. Probably because it’s the most capable Android chipset currently available. With that comes the same RAM and storage options. 12GB of RAM is standard with 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options available.
Xiaomi has opted for a 50MP f/1.8 sensor for its main shooter. This is complemented by an 8MP f/2.6 45mm telephoto sensor and a 13MP f/2.4 15mm ultrawide. It’s also Xiaomi’s next device to get the Leica camera treatment, following the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
It’s all powered by a 4,500mAh battery with Xiaomi’s 67W fast charging technology. Unfortunately, there are no wireless charging capabilities on this one. There probably wasn’t enough space in that slim chassis.
The price of the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 starts at CNY 9,000 (R21,590) for the 12/256 GB model and goes up to CNY 12,000 (R28,780). These converted prices will likely be higher if Xiaomi decides to offer South Africa its latest foldable. If launched, it will likely be even cheaper than Samsung’s R38,000 offering.