Thu. Oct 6th, 2022
xiaomi-mix fold

Xiaomi launches, the day after the launch of Samsung’s Fold 4, the Mix Fold 2, its new folding smartphone.

It’s official, Xiaomi has just presented its Mix Fold 2, the new folding smartphone from the Chinese brand. The rumors had been right as a whole in recent weeks, announcing a very high-end phone, equipped with the best components on the market. The day after the launch of Samsung’s Fold 4, the competition will not have been long in coming, and Xiaomi is throwing in the towel under the Korean firm.

The Mix Fold 2: the perfect competitor to the Fold 4

Xiaomi, therefore, will not have been disappointed and is doing everything possible for its Mix Fold 2 with the latest Snapdragon chip. With the 8 Gen 1 Plus, the firm announces a speed similar to that of the latest Xiaomi 12 S, which serves here as a reference model. But the Mix Fold 2 shines above all with its screen. With this 8.2-inch panel when unfolded (the equivalent of an iPad mini), Xiaomi is strong, offering a 6.56-inch screen when the phone is closed.

Xiaomi also announces a 4500 mAh battery, the brand ensures that it is enough to last more than a whole day with this new Mix Fold 2. According to company figures, this battery offers 25% more autonomy than the Fold 3 when the phone is on. folded and 35% larger than the Samsung product when the phone is unfolded.


The Mix Fold 2: Xiaomi’s new jewel

But the great novelty of this Mix Fold 2 is undoubtedly its thickness. The phone is advertised as the slimmest device out there (as far as foldable phones go). At 5.4 millimeters thick when unfolded, the smartphone performs better than Samsung’s Fold 4 released yesterday, but also better than the latest iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is 7.5 millimeters thick.

Folded, the new Mix Fold 2 is 11 millimeters thick. Xiaomi announces that this size is quite similar to that of an iPhone 13 Pro Max with a protective case, measured by the brand at 10 millimeters. Xiaomi has worked hard on the hinge to make it as thin and strong as possible.

But having a folding screen was not enough for Xiaomi, which offers a very high quality panel. With this 2K+ OLED screen with an adaptive refresh rate that goes from 1 Hz to 120 Hz, the brand is doing as well here as Samsung with its Fold 4 and Flip 4. Because Xiaomi’s goal, without a doubt, is to compete with the Korean giant in this emerging market for foldable smartphones. And it must be said that with such a complete product, the Mix Fold 2 acts as an ideal rival for the Busan firm.

Foldable Smartphones: Too Expensive to Please?

But despite the efforts of Samsung and Xiaomi, foldable smartphones are still pretty exotic. The “wow” effect is always present at every opening, but it hardly justifies the price of these devices. For the Samsung Fold 4 presented yesterday, it costs a little less than €1,800!
If Xiaomi offers a much cheaper product, the price remains well above the iPhone 13 and surely above the next iPhone 14.

Therefore, the biggest hurdle for foldable smartphones seems to be their price. There is no doubt that with a few hundred euros less the Mix Fold 2 could qualify for the title of the most popular smartphone of the year. At the moment the brand has only presented the phone for sale in China, with a starting price below 1,300 euros.

But she was quite stingy with the information about the arrival of the device on the old continent. As usual, the brand should make an announcement in the coming weeks with the price and availability dates of the device in France. All that remains is to wait a bit.

A phone, but not only for Xiaomi

In addition to the phone, the brand took advantage of the event to announce other products such as the brand’s new wireless headphones, the Buds Pro 4. These are accompanied by a new brand connected watch. Both products will be available first in China and then in France in a few months.

This article was translated from this source written by Tristan

By Tristan

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