26 August 2021
Xiaomi's Mi MIX lineup of concept full-glass smartphones is quite fold but after a hiatus, it has finally been revived. It has unveiled the Mi MIX Fold as its first-ever foldable smartphone in China. It is a phone packed with premium features and high-end specifications. It comes at a price that makes it a luxury for most buyers but that is also the case with other foldable devices.
The Mi MIX Fold features a folding mechanism design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. It means the device folds on the inside and has a smaller external display. The phone has an 8.01-inch WQHD+ flexible OLED primary display with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. It has DCI-P3 color gamut support, an overall brightness of 600 nits, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4:3 aspect ratio, and MEMC support.
The phone has a 6.5-inch external AMOLED display with 2520 x 480 pixels resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, an overall brightness of 650 nits, and HDR10+. The team has implemented a U-shaped hinge design that makes it 27% lighter than other foldable smartphones. Xiaomi says that the phone has undergone 200,000 bends in reliability testing and up to 1 million bends in extreme reliability testing.
Under the hood, it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor paired with 12GB and 16GB of RAM. These two variants are available with 256GB and 512GB onboard storage options. The camera department includes a 108-megapixel Samsung HM2 primary sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It features Xiaomi's own Surge C1 image processing chip and the world's first liquid lens technology. It is said to be helpful in delivering 3cm of close focusing distance along with up to 3X optical zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. The front camera on the phone is a 20-megapixel sensor.
The whole package is powered by a 5,020mAh battery with support for 67W wired fast charging. It is claimed to completely charge the phone (0 to 100%) within 37 minutes. The foldable will run MIUI 12 based on Android 10 out of the box. It features quad-speakers fine-tuned by Harman Kardon and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi has priced the Mi MIX Fold at CNY 9,999 (about $1,520) for the 12GB/256GB model and at CNY 12,999 (about $1,978) for the 16GB/512GB model with Ceramic Special Edition. It is already available for pre-order in China with sales beginning April 16th.