Mi Mix Fold: Xiaomi’s first foldable is revolutionary

It's the latest in Xiaomi's Mi Mix series, the one in which the Chinese giant introduces the most extreme novelties, and it doesn't disappoint expectations: it's revolutionary in many ways.

Xiaomi's first foldable is now official. With a dedicated presentation during the Spring 2021 event, Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold has made its debut highlighting all its features that make it one of the most revolutionary smartphones not only among the proposals of the Chinese company but also of the entire market.

This is the last "experiment" of the Mi Mix series, the one in which Xiaomi introduces the most interesting novelties to test them before bringing them to the traditional range. In fact  Mi Mix Fold was included among the new products of the spring presentation and managed to capture the attention of viewers despite the fact that the other products presented by Xiaomi were the two new models of the Mi 11 series, namely Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. This foldable smartphone, the first signed by Xiaomi, has in fact managed to combine technological innovation on several aspects, focusing on a large screen, currently the largest on the market of "foldable" at par or higher than many tablets, a photographic compartment of professional quality and an extremely efficient cooling system, which combines different methods of heat dissipation, such as graphite sheets and thermal gel, to maintain high performance even at times of greatest effort.

Xiaomi Mix Fold, tech specs

At the heart of this Xiaomi fold with 5G connectivity is the Snapdragon 888 processor, accompanied by three RAM/storage sizes in the sizes of 12GB/256GB, 12GB/512GB and 16GB/512GB. As is to be expected from a top of the range 2021 we always talk about UFS 3.1 memory. To power the smartphone, a 5020mAh battery, with support for 67W fast charging (100% in 37 minutes).

The highlight of the foldable is, then, the flexible Oled display of 8.01 inches with WQHD+ resolution. With one billion colors and a brightness of up to 900 nits, it respects the DCI-P3 color gamut and also supports the HDR10+ standard. In addition, there is a 6.52-inch external screen with HD+ resolution and 27:9 aspect ratio, also Amoled, with 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch response, maximum brightness of 900 nits HDR10+ support.

The photographic sector, however, sees two new features: the Surge C1 processor and the so-called liquid lens. In the first case, it is a chip developed by Xiaomi that allows high performance while occupying a minimum of CPU and memory. The second, however, is a lens that, simulating the operation of the human eye, is able to change its spherical surface through a motor technology that allows it to turn into optical zoom 3x, telephoto 30x and macro with a minimum distance of 3cm. This liquid lens is coupled with a 13MP sensor.

Also in the rear photo module, there is a 108MP primary sensor and high-definition 7P lens, and an additional 13MP sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens and 123° field angle. In the second case, the smartphone uses an artificial intelligence system to correct lens distortion, not only in panoramic photos but also on human faces and group panoramas taken in the ultra wide-angle format.

The audio compartment is also particularly powerful, with four speakers signed Harman Kardon. Mi Mix Fold also differs from its competitors here, becoming the first to adopt panoramic 3D audio.

Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold, price and launch date

Made either with a Gorilla Glass coated back shell with ceramic texture, called Standard Edition, or in the special edition (Ceramic Special Edition) with gold volume buttons and central frame, black ceramic back and laser engraving, the smartphone will be launched on April 16 in China through Xiaomi's official channels, while pre-orders are already open.

Sale prices of Mi Mix Fold range from 9999 yuan (1299 euros) for the 12GB/256GB version to go up, namely 10999 yuan for 12GB/512GB (about 1429 euros) and 12999 yuan (about 1689 euros) for the more powerful 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. As usual, these are retail prices in China, which are always lower than those for the international market and in particular Europe (where in addition to shipping costs weigh also higher taxes). Xiaomi has not yet disclosed in which countries it will sell this innovative device.