Xiaomi’s Mi MIX series finally makes a comeback but with a slight twist. The Mi MIX series has always been Xiaomi’s most innovative products since its inception. Be it their first Mi MIX with the bezel-less design while the last one went even further with the all display i.e the Mi MIX Alpha. Earlier, Xiaomi has introduced its very first foldable device under its Mi MIX Series i.e the Mi MIX Fold. The company has teased foldable devices in the past, but they never saw the light of the day. Mi MIX Fold is their first foldable device to be made available to the public.
The Mi MIX FOLD adopts an internal folding design. After unfolding, it is an 8.01″ true full screen. After folding, it is a 6.52-inch flexible AMOLED screen. The hinge part is claimed to have passed the 200,000 bending reliability test. Whereas, the maximum number of folds can reach up to 1 million times. For protection, the device is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. It also has a special edition with a textured ceramic back with a gold middle frame and volume buttons and a special laser engraving on the back. It also supports Quick Charge 4+ and Power Delivery 3.0 but misses out on wireless charging.
At its core, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It is paired with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. The device draws its power from a 5020mAh (dual battery design – 2460mAh + 2560mAh) battery which supports 67W fast charging. The battery is currently the best in the foldable segment. The company claims that the device will fully charge in 37 minutes. It also comes with an innovative butterfly cooling and pioneering micro Airbag cooling technology.
According to Lei Jun, the Mi MIX has been extensively used for months before making its public. That said, the device has an no front cameras on the display like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Xiaomi has settled for a 4:3 aspect ratio for the inner display whereas the outer display has a 27:9 aspect ratio. The cover display also has a punch hole at the top left corner for the front camera.
Coming back to the display quality, the Xiaomi MIX FOLD internal screen uses 8.01″ 2K retina AMOLED foldable flexible screen with resolution 2480×1860. The device also supports 337 PPI, 1.07 billion colors, HDR+, DCI-P3 wide color gamut, maximum brightness 600nit, 4:3 screen ratio. It is also the first device to support Dolby Vision.
After folding, the external screen is a 6.52″ flexible AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2520×840 and a refresh rate of 90Hz.
In addition, the biggest advantage of Mi MIX Fold lies in productivity. It has a built-in handheld PC mode that can be accessed with three fingers horizontally. In the PC mode, there are familiar computer operation interfaces, including the start menu, control center, and multiple windows that can be accesssed at the same time.
Xiaomi has finally introduced its inhouse Surge C1 Image Sensing Processor. It provides an improved 3A algorithm and low-light focus capabilities resulting in more accurate autofocus, autoexposure, and auto white balance. Xiaomi claims that the chip provides exceptionally high performance while using less storage space and light on the CPU.
For otics, the rear camera setup is heavily inspired by the Mi 10 Ultra. The Mi MIX Fold is equipped with triple camera setup which includes a 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor as its primary camera (a 1/1.52 inch outsole, 9-in-1 pixels fused with 2.1 micron large pixels), a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens (123-degree) and an 8MP telemacro camera which uses a liquid lens supporting 30x digital zoom and 3x optical zoom (which is equivalent to 80mm telephoto focal length). Whereas at the front, its gets a 20MP camera for selfies.
The device houses a side mounted fingerprint sensor which also works as a power button. In addition, the device also features Quad Speakers by Harman Kardon, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 with support for AAC, LDAC, and LHDC.
Pricing and Availability
The Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold starts at ¥9999 (~$1521) for its 12GB RAM+256GB variant and ¥10999 (~$1673) for its 12GB RAM + 512GB variant. Whereas the Ceramic Special Edition costs ¥12,999 (~$1976) for its 16GB RAM + 512GB variant.
The device will go on sale from April 16 onwards in China and is currently up for pre order. However, the company hasn’t shared any plans if the device will be launched globally.