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Xiaomi officially announced the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 on 11 August 2022 (official statement here), alongside its online livestream keynote that was presented on the same evening.

Of course, the brand could’ve launched at any other time, like it did for its first-ever foldable phone earlier in the calendar year, or how Oppo handled its first foldable or how Huawei updated its foldable option. But, it’s pretty clear to us (and others 1, 2, 3) that the Chinese electronics brand did not want to be outdone by Samsung, who launched the Galaxy Z Fold4 to much fanfare earlier this week (10 August 2022).

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The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is the natural successor to its preceding Mix Fold, a book-styled foldable handset with a similar front-and-inside panel combo that opens up into a squarish tablet-like handheld.

Xiaomi also wants its fans to know that the Mix Fold 2 is thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 when unfolded, measuring at just 5.4mm (editorial note: it’s not hyperbole, it’s literally the first USP mentioned on the official release).

The Mix Fold 2 also runs on Android 12L, a large-screen version of the popular Android 12 operating system. For Xiaomi, it was reskinned with MIUI Fold 13, which is also MIUI 13 that’s better optimised for bigger displays.

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The outside panel (called Outer Display) is a 6.56-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution (2,520 x 1,080 pixels resolution) and support for 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, and more. Inside (also known as the Inner Display) is a folding 8.2-inch Eco OLED LTPO 2.0 panel with 120Hz refresh rate.

As a flagship-grade product, Mix Fold 2 packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the half-step follow-up processor to the 2022 flagship processor by Qualcomm. It’s also the same processor used in Samsung’s recently announced foldable handsets.

Cameras include a main lens that’s OIS-assisted with 50MP, Sony IMX766 shooter with 1/1.56-inch sensor size, 2.0μm pixel size, 4-in-1 Super Pixel (pixel binning technique) and f/1.8 aperture. It’s accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide, 8MP telephoto, and 20MP front camera.

Also, since Leica’s new best friend is Xiaomi now, the cameras use Leica-certified, Summicron lenses and offer Leica’s iconic filters.

A bigger phone begets bigger batteries, so the foldable has 5,000mAh and 120W fast-charging to boot.

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 doesn’t yet have global availability details. It’s currently priced at CNY8,999 (~S$1,830.39) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB model, with options up to 1TB.

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