Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review : The Chinese smartphone maker recently launched Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 in China. The smartphone is the thinnest foldable phone on the market in 2022. Unfortunately, only a few people will be able to buy the Mix Fold 2 as it is available exclusively in China. It is worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra also did not make it to the international markets, which shows that Xiaomi is not interested in selling its cutting-edge smartphones outside China. It’s very thin and light, the Fold 2 is just 11mm thick (versus 17mm), and weighs 262 grams (versus 317 grams). It gets an improved hinge, Gorilla Glass Victus front, aluminum chassis and frosted rear glass. The front (cover) is a 6.56-inch OLED with standard 1080p resolution and the traditional 21:9 aspect ratio. It also impresses with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support.
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 uses the most current Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, and is paired with 12GB of RAM. This is in line with the current crop of flagships and is a nice upgrade over the Snapdragon 888 chipset within the first mix fold. Talking about the camera setup, it has a Leica-powered triple setup at the rear with 50MP OIS primary, 8MP OIS 2x tele and 13MP ultrawide camera with AF. In fact, this makes the Mix Fold 2 another Xiaomi-Leica partnership that few people will have access to, but it is what it is. Lastly, the Mix Fold 2 packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W fast wired charging.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 comes within a large black box, which requires a 67W charger and a 6A-rated cable required for fast charging to work. Plus inside the box, you’ll also find a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter, so you can continue using your favorite wired headphones, and you get a special leather cover with an adjustable kickstand.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Design Review
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has the most impressive design in the foldable market right now, this incredibly slim profile, whether it’s folded or not, feels lightweight and premium. This is exactly what a true flagship should feel like in one’s hands. Standing the Mix Fold 2 next to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 shows just how big the Mix Fold 2 is due to its 8.02-inch screen. The device from Xiaomi has a full cover screen which can easily compete with the OLEDs of most of the phones in the market right now. The thinner and more compact hinge also costs Xiaomi’s waterproofing qualities, another big feature Samsung has up to the competition. It sports a 6.56-inch AMOLED screen with an equally thin bezel on most of the sides. The panel has a 21:9 aspect ratio and offers extended 1080p resolution.
Xiaomi still gives it all the features you can think of – 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and a tiny cutout for a 20MP selfie camera. The back of the phone is also covered with frosted glass this time. This matte finish is fingerprint resistant, but it’s more slippery than the glossy panel. The top houses a speaker, SIM tray, IR blaster and a microphone. At the bottom of the Mix Fold 2 is the second speaker, USB-C port and primary microphone. On the left is the hinge cover, which is really thin, made out of metal. The right side of the phone is where you’ll see the volume and power/lock keys. The lock’s surface also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. It’s always on and impressively fast. In the unfolded position the Mix Fold 2 is incredibly thin at just 5.4mm and feels amazing in your hands.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Display Review
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has two OLED displays with a 6.56-inch cover screen and a larger 8.02-inch foldable primary. Both panels support 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and up to 1,300 nits at peak brightness. The cover screen now has a more traditional 21:9 aspect ratio with expanded 1080p resolution – 2,520 x 1,080 pixels. The screen for the selfie camera has a small aperture, and it is covered with a Gorilla Glass Victus sheet. The internal screen has seen an even bigger upgrade – it’s now an 8.02-inch LTPO2 OLED with square-ish aspects and a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate that can go as low as 1Hz. The foldable screen is protected by a Schott UTG glass and has an antireflective coating. Xiaomi is promising 1,000 nits of high maximum brightness and 1,300 nits of maximum brightness and brightness is the first thing we tested on the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2.
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Cover screen offers 501 nits of maximum brightness when using the manual model, while the interior is slightly brighter at 522 nits. When there’s bright light on the screen, High Brightness Mode (HBM) is triggered and the cover display gets as bright as 940nits, while the foldable panel boosts even bigger at 1,054 nits. The Mix Fold 2 handles the refresh rate similar to the 12S Ultra. In this you get two refresh rate modes – Default, where the phone automatically chooses the refresh rate, and Custom, where you get to choose the refresh rate ceiling where it is 60Hz, or 120Hz. The Mix Fold 2 is the perfect device for streaming, at least on paper. It has HDR10+ and Dolby Vision certifications, comes with the highest Widevine L1 DRM support.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Battery Review
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 packs a 4,500mAh battery. This is down from the 5,020mAh battery inside the previous Mix Fold. The Mix Fold 2 received an 82h endurance rating for its primary (foldable) display and a 108h rating for its cover screen. On-screen time is pretty respectable on the Cover, with 15h web browsing and 18h looped video playback. The primary screen offers up to 10 hours of web browsing and 10:30 hours of video playback. Call times and even standby performance turned out to be great, and thus higher-than-expected endurance ratings for both displays. The Mix Fold 2 supports Xiaomi’s 67W fast wired charging, and that charger comes with the phone. The manufacturer advertises a full charge in 40 minutes. Our testing showed that the Mix Fold 2’s battery drains from 0% to 77% in 30 minutes using the 67W charger. A full charge took 45 minutes, which is not far from what Xiaomi advertises.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Performance Review
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 uses the most current Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 5G chipset paired with 12GB of RAM. While it offers a slight performance boost in both CPU and GPU speeds, the Mix Fold 2 has the most powerful Android processor on the market as far as raw benchmark scores are concerned. The Mix Fold 2 is an incredibly thin smartphone, which means it’s impossible to cool down its flagship chipset in a meaningful way. While Xiaomi advertised its heat-pipe cooling solution and graphite layers. After 7-8 minutes of peak GPU performance the phone overheats and kills every process but most essential for the OS to run. The CPU stress test, which we usually leave running for 60 minutes, also warmed up the phone to some significant levels, but it never hit the foreground like the test itself, like it did with the GPU stress test happened. The CPU Throttle app finished on both screens, and it scored 71% stability on the cover display and 75% stability for the internal screen—excellent scores all things considered. You unlock the screen via the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s always on, fast and surprisingly reliable, no complaints there. It can be set to trigger on press or touch. The latter can read incorrectly due to its position, and that is why Xiaomi has set its default operation on the press. Apart from the fingerprint reader, you can unlock the phone using 2D Face Unlock, but it is much less secure than the fingerprint option.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Review
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has a Leica-powered tipple camera on the back and a camera cover on the screen. The rear triple-camera setup consists of a 50MP wide-angle primary camera, a 13MP ultrawide-angle camera, and an 8MP 2x zoom camera. Uses a 20MP sensor for selfies. The main camera relies on a 50MP 1/1.56″ Sony IMX766 sensor with quad-bayer filter. The sensor has 1.0µm pixels, and after 4-in-1 binning, you’ll get 12.5MP photos with 2.0µm equivalent Performance. This sensor sits behind a stabilized 23mm f/1.8 lens; It supports PDAF; A high-res 50MP mode, Pro Mode, as well as (Auto) Night Mode, are available for this camera. Ultrawide Camera 1.12 Uses the 13MP Omnivision OV13B10 1/3.06″ sensor with µm pixels. It has a 15mm f/2.4 lens, has autofocus available, and (auto)night mode. The zoom camera packs an 8MP sensor with a stabilized 45mm f/2.6 lens, and it offers 2x optical magnification over the main camera. According to hardware scanning apps, the sensor is Sony IMX 663, which is of 12MP – it’s either an error in the reading or Xiaomi crops 8MP from this sensor. Auto Night Mode and PDAF are supported here too. The front (selfie) camera relies on the Quad Bayer design’s 20MP Sony IMX596 1/2.8″ sensor. It’s paired with a 23mm f/2.4 lens, and focus is stable. The Mix Fold 2’s main camera [email protected] And [email protected] Supports video capturing. ultrawide camera [email protected] And [email protected] Supports up to zoom camera [email protected] And [email protected] Supports up to Finally, the selfie camera [email protected] supports to.