We’ve seen a lot of new foldable phones lately, and we expect them to appear before too long, this is the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2. As the name suggests, this is the planned sequel of the original Mi Mix Fold from 2021.
There’s been a recent foldable phone gold rush, with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, followed by the Huawei P50 Pocket, Honor Magic V, Oppo Find N, and likely more soon.
That means the Mix Fold 2 would enter a much more competitive market than its predecessor, so Xiaomi has to design a foldable top to impress us.
With that, the best thing the phone could do would be to “go on sale worldwide”, like Honor and Oppo’s foldables. The original Mi Mix Fold only hit stores in China, but since Xiaomi is such a big global player, we’d love to see its next foldable phone get wider availability.
We’ve heard a few leaks and rumors about the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, and you can find them below along with our wishlist for the phone. However, we are still in the early stages of the phone and hope to get more information in 2022.
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- What is that? Xiaomi’s second-generation book-style foldable phone
- When did he come out? Hopefully the first half of 2022
- How much will it cost? It’s impossible to say at the moment
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 release date and price
We haven’t heard any price or release date leaks or rumors for the Mix Fold 2, and since this isn’t a regularly released device from Xiaomi, we can’t trust the precedents too much. So stay tuned.
The original Mi Mix Fold cost 9,999 yuan (about $1,520 / £1,100 / AU$2,000) – it only launched in China, so we don’t have international prices – but we We’ve often seen second-generation foldable phones cost less than their predecessors, so the Mix Fold 2 might be cheaper.
This phone was launched at the end of March 2021, so if Xiaomi decides to go with an annual release model, the next could arrive in March 2022. That said, we’ve heard that a Mix Flip is also on the way, which could affect the release schedule in some way.
News and Rumors
How do we know a Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is coming at all? Well, that seems very likely thanks to a Xiaomi phone leak that detailed many of the brand’s upcoming phones – two listed codenames “thunder” and “light” are said to refer to upcoming foldable phones.
Since there are currently only two foldable phone models, either book-style (like the original Mi Mix Fold) or clamshell (like the 2019 Motorola Razr), it seems likely that one is the rumored Mix. Flip and the other is the successor to the mixed fold.
We also heard a bit more about the phone. Recently, a leak suggested that the phone would use Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) for its screen, which is a glass-like form of plastic that some of the best foldables use.
Long before that, another leak also pointed to UTG and also indicated a potential size for the phone. Apparently it will have a 6.52-inch exterior screen and an 8.01-inch interior, although the resolution and refresh rate elude us at this time.
what we want to see
Here’s our wishlist for the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, based on the predecessor as well as other foldable phone market trends.
1. Worldwide Availability
This one is a bit obvious, but we want to be able to test a Xiaomi foldable phone.
While the original only launched in China, we’re hoping that the growing foldable market in other regions might prompt Xiaomi to launch its second-gen device in a few more places.
2. An improved outer screen
The Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold had a rather old-school exterior screen, as it had an absolutely massive bezel – the black border around the screen – which reduced the screen-to-body ratio considerably.
We would like to see a newer version reduce the bezel. Screen real estate is important for mobiles, especially foldables which are designed to give you the most screen real estate for your money, so this move matters.
The display was also slim, with a 27:9 aspect ratio (making it much narrower than a typical smartphone), which also reduced the usability of the exterior display.
3. A low resolution main camera
Xiaomi used to champion 108MP main cameras in many smartphones, including the original Mi Mix Fold, but recently it has started opting for more 50MP main snappers, especially in its latest flagship. , the Xiaomi 12.
That’s not a bad thing because a camera’s resolution doesn’t always indicate its quality. In fact, the 50MP cameras in the Xiaomi 12 line have larger sensor sizes than the 108MP snappers Xiaomi used before, which arguably results in better images anyway.
We’d like to see the Mix Fold 2 use a 50MP primary camera for this reason. Additionally, we’d like it to also use a 50MP telephoto lens and ultra-wide snappers, like the Xiaomi 12 Pro or Mi 11 Ultra, as this combo has worked well for the brand before.