It has been a busy week for Xiaomi with the Chinese brand, unveiling a whole host of technology for the past two days, ranging from premium laptops to high-end phones.
But here at Trusted Reviews of us, it was the firm’s latest fold that stole the show. Featuring the second display topping in Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, it is Xiaomi’s first forest in the foldable phone space that caught my eye.
Foldable phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, are often discarded immediately. Even people from the trusted review office have at times called him ‘completely pointless’. But I have grown to like them and can definitely see them making a big impact, when the quirky (and crease) has been ironed and the high prices have started to come down.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold takes Samsung the general design used for the original fold (and builds a lot for the Z Fold 2) with a smaller screen on the outside and a larger one on the inside. But it seems a bit more of a complete device than Samsung’s effort. Of course, this is completely diverting from the features mentioned by Xiaomi and I am sure that whenever Samsung launches Z Fold 3 this year, it will be something very enticing for it.
My biggest gripe with Samsung’s foldable after much use over the last few months is that while it is the most expensive phone in Samsung’s line up, it doesn’t really compete with the best camera phones when it comes to photography skills. Comes to I was a bit disappointed that the Z ZF 2 did not mirror the camera components of the Note 20 Ultra, rather than at least taking in the elements of the Note 20. This gave the Z Fold 2 an average phone camera.
With the Mi Mix fold, it certainly looks like Xiaomi is trying to go out with the camera. It is the first phone to use liquid lens technology in its camera, which Xiaomi says can allow both telephoto (3x or 30x hybrid) and macro photography from a single camera.
It also has a 108MP main camera and Xiaomi is using its custom Surge C1 processor for image processing. Xiaomi stated that this chip “enables an improved 3A algorithm and low-light focus capabilities for more accurate autofocus, auto exposure, and auto white balance, thereby significantly improving image quality.” If Xiaomi has managed to make an image signal processor better than that found in the Snapdragon 888, it could actually push the brand’s camera forward.
It will not be a Xiaomi phone without a serious quick charge. The Mi Fold has a 5020mAh battery (larger than 4500mAh in the Z Fold 2) and 67w fast charging allows you to full charge for up to 37 minutes in the Xiaomi States.
The rest of the specs are also high-end. Highlights include a Snapdragon 888, UFS 3.1 storage, LPDDR5 RAM, Dolby Vision support in two displays, and a ceramic body on some versions.
When it appears, Xiaomi has grown out of Samsung, at least in some areas. The 8-inch inner display with its 900 nits brightness, P3 gamut coverage and WQHD + resolution seems like a joy on paper. However, this 120Hz refresh rate is completely missing. This is a shocking omission, especially as this feature is prevalent among the best mid-range phones and even affordable Xiaomi phones like the Redmi Note 10 Pro. Although Xiaomi has added a 90Hz refresh rate to the external screen, I would have really liked it differently.
Foldable phones are still ridiculously niche and with a changed price of over £ 1000 / $ 1000, the Mi Mix fold is still seriously expensive – even if it underpins Samsung and Huawei. Although I can’t help but enjoy using them. If the big screen is always accessible then it is great and it would be even more useful if it had flagship cameras.