Xiaomi has revived its Mi Mix series with the Mi Mix Fold, the company’s first commercial foldable phone. Unlike previous bizarre Mix devices and concepts from the company, the Mi Mix Fold is a fairly conventional foldable phone that uses a large screen on the inside / small screen on the outside, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold . series and Huawei’s new Mate X2.
The inner display is an 8.01-inch 4: 3 OLED panel with a resolution of 2480 x 1860, a native brightness of 600 nits (900 peak) and support for Dolby Vision HDR. Xiaomi says the screen can withstand 200,000 folds. The outer screen is 6.52 inches with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Xiaomi is making big claims about the audio capabilities of the Mi Mix Fold, with four Harman Kardon tuned speakers and what the company describes as 3D panoramic sound.
The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 paired with 12 GB or 16 GB RAM and 256 GB or 512 GB storage. The battery capacity is 5,020 mAh and Xiaomi says the 67W fast charging system should fully charge you in 37 minutes.
As teased earlier last week, the new Mix is also the first phone to use liquid lens technology in its camera. Xiaomi says it allows for a telephoto lens with a short focusing distance of 3cm and optical zoom of 3x or 30x hybrid zoom. The rest of the camera system consists of a Samsung HMX 108-megapixel main sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide, which sounds like the same solid setup as on the Mi 11.
Xiaomi first showed a prototype folding phone more than two years ago, before Samsung shipped its first Galaxy Fold. That device had a dual folding design that allowed a tablet-sized screen to bend back at the left and right edges for a more phone-like experience.
Later that year, Xiaomi announced the Mi Mix Alpha, which had a wraparound screen that covered almost the entire phone but never hit the market. More recently, Xiaomi unveiled its latest concept phone, featuring a “quad-curved waterfall display” curved on all four sides.
The Mi Mix Fold, on the other hand, is very much on sale – people in China can pre-order it starting today and it will ship on April 16. Prices start at 9,999 yuan (about $ 1,521) for a model with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, and go up to 12,999 yuan (about $ 1,978) for a 16 GB / 512 GB ceramic special edition. There is no report yet of a release outside China.