The foldable smartphone that puts a slap on the Galaxy Z Fold 4

Xiaomi has just introduced its new foldable smartphone, the Mix Fold 2, which is a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 that will have to spend the second time so that the Chinese ogre does not eat it.

Like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Mix Fold 2 is a foldable smartphone. the difference ? The Xiaomi phone seems to go a little further in several areas such as the design, the display, or even fast charging. What shakes Samsung’s dominance?

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 hits hard

Let’s start with the introductions. Xiaomi has done a lot more work on the design of its phone compared to the first model that was released over a year ago. The phone is only 5.4mm thick when opened and 11.2mm when folded. For comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 measures 6.3mm and 15.8mm, respectively. The Mix Fold 2 weighs 262 grams on the scale, compared to Samsung’s 263 grams. Coincidence ? Mostly not. Xiaomi has also placed a fingerprint reader on the power button located on the right side.

The largest screen on the Mix Fold 2 is an 8-inch LTPO2120 Hz AMOLED display with a definition of 2,150 x 1914 pixels (compared to 7.6 inches on Samsung). The “small” screen of the Xiaomi foldable phone is 6.56 inches (6.2 for its competitor), still with 120 Hz AMOLED technology, and a resolution of 1914 x 2160 pixels. You guessed it, to incorporate the larger screens, Xiaomi chose a slightly longer format for the Mix Fold 2.

xiaomi mix fold 2 screen
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Xiaomi also specifies that its screen uses technology Eco² OLED Which removes the polarizing layer to improve display transparency and the advertised power consumption is 25% lower than traditional OLED.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Eco Old Screen
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Inside, we find a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen1 processor from Qualcomm, accompanied by 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The battery is 4500 mAh and Xiaomi says it can charge its new foldable phone in just 40 minutes thanks to the 67W fast charging. Once again, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is left with a 4,400mAh battery and 25W fast charging.

A new partnership with Leica at lower prices

After the first photo partnership with Leica on the fantastic Xiaomi 12S Ultra, the two brands are collaborating once again on the Mix Fold 2. Thus, we have found a 50MP Sony IMX766 main sensor with optical stabilization. The second sensor is a 13MP wide-angle lens and the third is an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom. At this point, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 benefits thanks to the 10MP zoom sensor that offers 3x optical zoom.

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Partnership with Leica is found primarily at the software level. Xiaomi has worked with the German camera maker to improve image processing and offer filters that give the “Leica touch” that photo enthusiasts will recognize.

xiaomi mix fold 2 pictures
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In terms of price, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is cheaper than its predecessor. This year, prices start at 8,999 yuan (1297 euros HT) for the version with 256 GB of storage, 9,999 yuan (1441 euros HT) for the 512 GB version and 11,999 yuan (1729 euros HT) for the 1 TB version. Prices are more aggressive than those of its direct competitor.

Unfortunately for us Europeans, no announcement has been made by Xiaomi about its intention to market the Mix Fold 2 outside of China. If Xiaomi goes international, it will challenge Samsung to its own ground and prices will drop.

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