Yesterday, Xiaomi pleased the flagships Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra, this afternoon announced the production of its own electric vehicles, and a little later presented its first smartphone with a folding screen. The novelty is called MI Mix Fold and is the most affordable model among its kind. But, before moving on to prices, let’s consider the characteristics of the model.
The big advantage of the new product is that it is built on a single-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform – neither the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 nor the Huawei Mate X2 can boast of such high performance. But as for the principle of folding (or unfolding), it is the same for all three models. Xiaomi claims that the main display can withstand a million fold-unfold cycles.
At the heart of the internal screen is an 8.01-inch AMOLED panel – and this gives the right Xiaomi to call the Mi Mix Fold the smartphone with the largest internal screen. After all, the Huawei Mate X2 has a diagonal of exactly 8 inches, and the Samsung model has even less. The screen has a resolution of 2480 x 1860 pixels, supports HDR10 + and Dolby Vision, and provides 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. The declared brightness is 600 cd / m2, the contrast is 4,300,000: 1.
During the announcement, the head of Xiaomi Lei Jun emphasized many times that it is convenient to watch movies and play games on such a large screen. The top manager even noted that he, who does not like games, enjoys playing them on Mi Mix Fold.
But for those present in the hall, a special interface mode called Desktop Mode was much more unexpected – in it Android on the Mi Mix Fold screen acquires … the look of Windows! With a peculiar Start menu in the left corner and a characteristic arrangement of other elements.
Of course, Xiaomi has thoroughly worked on the multi-window mode – so that the user can make the most of the entire area of the internal screen to suit his needs. The display can be divided in half between the two applications, or you can place several open programs in arbitrary places.
If the aspect ratio of the inner screen is 4: 3, then the outer screen is stretched out narrow and long: its aspect ratio is 27: 9 (resolution is 2520 x 840 pixels). It also uses an AMOLED panel, but its diagonal is already much smaller – 6.52 inches. The outdoor display also supports HDR10 +, with a maximum brightness of 700 cd / m2 and a frame rate of 90 Hz.
Mi Mix Fold is equipped with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash memory. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side and is built into the power key; there are NFC, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 adapters.
Mi Mix Fold became the world’s first smartphone with four loudspeakers, and here, as in the Mi 10S, as well as the new MI 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra, Harman Kardon speakers are used.
From one innovation to another: Mi Mix Fold received a “lens-lens”, which we have already written in detail about. The camera of this model is much simpler than in the same Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra, but it has a place for three sensors with a resolution of 108, 13 and 8 megapixels, as well as a 30x zoom. The module, which uses a lens-lens, is responsible for both optical zoom and macro photography.
And here are examples of shots taken with the main camera Mi Mix Fold:
Mi Mix Fold received two rechargeable batteries with a total capacity of 5020 mAh, charging with a capacity of 67 watts is supported.
Prices are announced. The base Mi Mix Fold with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory costs $ 1,520, which is at least one and a half times cheaper than competitors Samsung and Huawei. The version with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of flash is priced at $ 1,675.
The third option is the exclusive Ceramic Special Edition with a carbon-look ceramic back. It has 16GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage and a price tag of $ 1,975. Pre-orders for Mi Mix Fold are already being accepted in China, with real sales starting on April 16. This model will not be sold on the global market yet.