I was able to hold the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 for five short minutes. Not enough to give you any real grip, but enough to raise some interesting points about this foldable smartphone.
Five minutes. That was the time when I was able to use the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, the folding smartphone presented this summer. Precisely, apart from the presentation of the Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro in Europe, the brand briefly showed us this device that is one of its technological showcases.
In such a short time, it would be very difficult to give you a detailed review of the foldable smartphone. However, there are a few things that I would like to highlight. Here are five things that I take away from the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 after watching it for five minutes.
1. An overall nice grip
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 casually weighs 262 grams, almost as much as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. We are not going to lie, it is noticeable during the grip. That didn’t particularly bother me though, not least because the phone manages to stay relatively slim for foldability.
With a thickness of 11.2 millimeters in the folded format, we are well below the Z Fold 4 (15.8 mm at the hinge). Thus, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 manages to more easily masquerade as a classic smartphone when not unfolded. And I really enjoyed it. A positive impression reinforced by the matte treatment on the back, which is always pleasant to the touch.
The protruding rear photoblock is hard to miss though, but it’s not the most incongruous design on the smartphone market, far from it.
2. When it’s closed, it’s closed!
Did I mention the good grip. This is sublimated by the fact that, when the phone is closed, it leaves only a very small space in its recess. This is thanks to the teardrop-shaped fold, a technique that we have already seen on the Vivo X Fold or the Oppo Find N (to name a few).
It is visually more pleasing than in a Samsung Fold. Also, it allows the phone to maintain the same thickness from the hinge to the edges when folded. It is more homogeneous and more beautiful. Remember that Samsung claims for its part that this design can cause more damage to the screen since the little dust that will stay there will not be able to escape.
3. Unfolding loosens the flange
The feeling you get when you unfold a foldable smartphone is a fundamental element in the user experience. Here, with the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, it’s quite… weird. Without giving the impression of fragility, the hinge does not offer as much resistance as in a Fold 4 for example.
Thus, when unfolding the Mix Fold 2, we notice that at the end of the movement, the phone suddenly lets go of the reins. The opening seems more flexible, but it is quite disturbing. Being used to Samsung folds, I expected to have to apply the same force throughout the unfolding process.
nothing prohibitive a prioriyou just have to get used to it. Still, it was a bit weird on first use.
4. The crease is felt under the finger.
Once you open the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, you will be able to admire the 8.02-inch internal screen, its QHD+ definition and its 120 Hz refresh rate. As you can imagine, with five minutes of grip on the go, it couldn’t. give you a constructive opinion on the quality of the display.
On the other hand, I can already tell you that the crease feels good under the finger. It’s a shame, because one of the advantages of the teardrop system mentioned above is to better stretch the screen when it is unfolded. Despite this, the Mix Fold 2 doesn’t get rid of the little gap in the middle.
5. Front screen is yes
I get to the end of the five minutes. I fold the phone one last time to stop at the 6.56-inch external display in a 21:9 ratio. And that’s a big yes. Having tested the Galaxy Z Fold 4 this summer, I appreciated the fact that the phone was more pleasant to use in the folded format as it was less narrow.
However, we are still far from what the competition and, in this case, the Mix Fold 2 manages to do here. The panel is large enough for comfortable typing on the keyboard and will be suitable for any videos you might watch on it. In short, we’re dealing with a real smartphone screen and not some frustrating compromise.
Also note that Xiaomi has made a lot of progress compared to the first Mi Mix Fold, which was very ugly when folded.
Not available in France
After this brief handling, I return the phone to Xiaomi, which does not offer any information about its availability in Europe and France. For now, the Mix Fold 2 remains available only in China starting at 8,999 yuan.
It would be interesting if the brand’s foldable smartphones landed here in the near future to compete with Samsung.
NB. Our journalist Omar participates in a press trip organized by Xiaomi in Munich.