Xiaomi’s second foldable phone is just 5.4mm thick in tablet mode


Barely a day after the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4, Xiaomi was quick to follow with a surprising punch. The Shuffle Fold 2 is the Chinese brand’s second foldable phone, coming in at a surprisingly thin 5.4mm when opened – barely enough to house a USB-C port – and 11.2mm thick when folded down. folded. Whereas Huawei Mate Xs 2 is also 5.4mm thick when open, keep in mind that it folds outwards so it doesn’t have a secondary screen, let alone its “column ” 11.1 mm thick camera.

One of the features that enables the thickness of the Mix Fold 2 is Xiaomi’s third-generation “micro-teardrop hinge”, which allows a tighter fold on the flexible display panel in the hinge structure of 8.8mm high. To put things into perspective, Xiaomi pointed out that the current “teardrop hinge” structure on a competitor’s foldable – with an obvious image reference to Huawei’s Mate X2 – is 11.25mm tall. , as shown in the second gallery image below. The company added that with this new hinge and panel, the crease is even less noticeable – a tighter gap overall, with an average depth of less than 0.15mm.

Gallery: Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 | 6 Pictures


Gallery: Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 | 6 Pictures

Interestingly, Xiaomi was willing to sacrifice some battery juice to achieve this thickness, dropping from the original Mix Fold’s 5,020mAh to 4,500mAh. It’s as if Xiaomi is betting big on the efficiency of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor here. 67W fast charging is still supported, which goes from zero to 100% in just 40 minutes. Together with the smaller hinge and thinner body parts, these contribute to a lighter overall weight – 262 grams (about 9.24 ounces) instead of the previous 317 grams (about 11.2 ounces). Other benefits include larger heat sink components, dual Harman Kardon speakers, NFC and IR remote control.

Some adjustments have been made on both screens. For one thing, both have adopted a slightly wider aspect ratio. The Samsung exterior panel now comes in a 6.56-inch size with 2520 x 1080 resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. The inner foldable display is a supposedly more efficient 8.02-inch Samsung Eco² OLED panel with a resolution of 2016 x 1914, and it’s covered in a flexible ultra-thin (30um) piece of glass. Both displays support up to 120Hz refresh rate and 1,000 nits brightness, as well as Dolby Vision and HDR10+. There are also three ambient sensors around the phone for more precise automatic brightness for both screens.

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On the photography side, there is no more “liquid lens” gimmick this time. The Mix Fold 2 shares a 50-megapixel main camera (with optical stabilization) and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera almost identical to those of the Xiaomi 12, but this time with a Leica Summicron certification – much like the Xiaomi 12S Ultra who launched- started this partnership. You also get an 8-megapixel (45mm equivalent) 2x portrait camera, along with a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the other side. But of course, you can also unfold the phone and switch to the rear cameras for selfies instead, in which case you’ll be using the secondary screen as a viewfinder.

Given the thickness of the phone, a camera bump was unavoidable, so Xiaomi could only attempt to minimize the height of the camera module, and it did so by switching to the SMA actuator (shape memory alloy) less common to power the main camera’s optical stabilization. However, it is unclear if there is a performance downside with this solution.

Xiaomi's Mix Fold 2, Buds 4 Pro and Watch S1 Pro.
Xiaomi’s Mix Fold 2 alongside Buds 4 Pro and Watch S1 Pro.

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With the Leica partnership, the Mix Fold 2’s camera app got a “Leica Authentic” mode for those who prefer natural shots, as well as an explicit “Leica Vibrant” mode for everyone else. No matter the photography mode, this foldable phone produces the classic Leica M3 shutter sound when shooting, and you’ll find various Leica-inspired filters, lens effects and interface elements in the camera app. If you often take pictures of fast-moving children or pets, you’ll apparently appreciate Xiaomi’s AI-assisted “CyberFocus” AI technology here, which was carried over from the company’s CyberDog and already present on the Xiaomi 12 series.

Just like the 12S Ultra and the original Mix Fold, the Mix Fold 2 is currently only in China, so good luck finding an importer in your area. That said, Xiaomi added that it was working with Google on optimizing Android 12L (but rebranded as “MIUI Fold”) for the Mix Fold 2, so there may still be hope for a possible international rollout.

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 starts at 8,999 yuan (about $1,340) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage version, then it jumps to 9,999 yuan (about $1,480) for double the storage, then to 11,999 yuan (about $1,780) for a whopping 1TB. All three flavors come with a vegan leather case with a built-in kickstand, and people in China can already pre-order today.

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