Xiaomi is not done with all the revelations. After the Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11 Lite 5G, another phone has been introduced: the MI MIX FOLD. The first foldable smartphone is ready and to be honest we really didn’t think this one would be announced anytime soon. We were only expecting a regular Mi Mix with Liquid Lens technology, but not on a foldable phone factor. Our last mention of a foldable smartphone from the Chinese OEM was in January, but it was just a series of patent designs.
Several images of a Xiaomi folding phone have been leaked in the past. Most of them were rendered as that foldable phone with a pop-up camera system, one with a rotating camera and one with a clamshell form factor.
A couple of years ago, a Xiaomi folding phone was demonstrated in a video. We also saw that design with an outward folding screen. Today, we are learning about Xiaomi’s first foldable phone offering.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX FOLD It features a flexible 8.01-inch internal screen with WQHD + resolution plus a 6.52-inch external screen. It is the largest folding screen on a phone today. This device works with the Xiaomi Surge C1 image signal processor, another novelty from the company. The new chip is an image processor with Liquid Lens, optimized for professional photography as described.
This is a possible Samsung Galaxy Fold killer with its premium specs. It comes equipped with a 5020 mAh battery with 67 W turbo charging, four speaker setup, and Harmon Kardon and Dolby Vision sound. When it comes to cameras, there’s a 108MP main camera plus a 13MP ultra-wide-angle shooter with a 123 ° field of view. The latter is enhanced with the AI ultra-wide angle distortion correction function. The selfie camera is 20 megapixels.
The Mi MIX FOLD has a U-shaped hinge design. This allows for reliability while remaining lightweight. And it can last up to a million bends in extreme reliability tests. It has also been through 200,000 curves.
The Xiaomi folding phone also works with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and offers WiFi 6 and 5G connectivity. Use MIUI 12 based on Android 10.
Now let’s talk about the price. The MIX Standard Edition will cost RMB 9,999 ($ 1,523) for the 12GB + 256GB model. The 12GB + 512GB version costs RMB 10,999 ($ 1,675) while the 16GB + 512GB version costs 12,999 ($ 1,980). Pre-order is now open for Mi MIX Standard Edition and Ceramic Special Edition. The market launch will be on April 16 in China.