Xiaomi is joining the foldable phone club, unveiling the new Mi Mix Fold that opens to reveal what the company says is the largest foldable screen on a smartphone so far. Similar in design to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Xiaomi’s foldable surpasses that of Samsung with its 8.01-inch internal WQHD + screen, although that’s not the only special detail here.
The internal screen is a 4: 3 aspect panel with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 120 Hz, compatible with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision. The maximum brightness is 900 nits.
On the outside, however, there’s a 6.52-inch screen for using the Mi Mix Fold when it’s still closed. This has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 180 Hz and supports HDR10 +. Instead of the fingerprint sensor on the display of Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra launched yesterday, there is a sensor built into the on / off button on the side.
Of course, as with any folding – and with the memory of the challenges facing the original Galaxy Fold still relatively recent – the big question is longevity. Xiaomi says it has placed its U-shaped hinge at 200,000 curves in reliability tests and up to 1 million curves in “extreme reliability tests” to ensure it stays firm.
The standard Mi Mix Fold uses fifth generation Corning Gorilla Glass on the back, with a ceramic texture. The Mi Mix Fold Ceramic Edition, in turn, uses a black ceramic back with laser engraving and a gold bezel with corresponding volume buttons. Anyway, on the software side, there is support for split screen, along with support for dragging and dropping between multiple screens, a Desktop mode and parallel windows, says Xiaomi.
As for the cameras, the back of the Mi Mix Fold receives a 108-megapixel main camera alongside a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The latter pairs a 123-degree lens with AI-powered distortion correction for landscapes and faces in larger photos. A 3x optical zoom handles close-ups – up to 30x magnification – and macro photos up to 3cm. It is based on Liquid Lens technology, the first for a smartphone, with a transparent fluid inside the lens that allows you to adjust its optical properties.
In front, there is a 20 megapixel selfie camera. For sound, there are quad speakers set by Harman Kardon.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 is inside, with 12 GB or 16 GB of 3200 MHz LPDDR5 memory. Storage is 256 GB or 512 GB, and there is Dual 5G standby, WiFi 6 and – a little strangely, given that the Mi 11 Ultra ran a newer version – Android 10 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 interface.
For energy, there are 5,020 mAh in total, with Xiaomi dividing it between two batteries – one 2,460mAh and the other 2,560mAh – one in each half of the phone. It supports 67W wired turbo charging, taking 37 minutes to reach 100 percent, although, unfortunately, the Mi Mix Fold does not have the similarly fast wireless turbo charging of its cousin Mi 11 Ultra.
Sales of the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold begin for pre-orders on March 30, with deliveries in China starting on April 16. It will cost RMB 9,999 ($ 1,464) for the 12GB + 256GB configuration, RMB 10,999 ($ 1,610) for the 12GB + 512 GB and RMB 12,999 ($ 1,900) for 16 GB + 512 GB. No word on a release elsewhere in the world at this stage.