Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 Review: the Right Trade-offs for a New Look and Re-emergence

Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 Review

Introduction

When the appearance of the phone was unified to a straight screen, everyone’s expectations for the appearance of the new machine decreased a lot, until the foldable display form of the product appeared, only to let people see again similar to the Nokia era of the blossoming form.

But a few years ago, this form of product because the screen is still too expensive, and the crease and system adaptation problems are not well solved, so it is difficult to fly into ordinary people.

But the development of the cell phone industry is advancing rapidly, especially for domestic cell phone manufacturers, when a new form may become the next burst of wind, they will devote all their efforts to this form to perfection.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review (Images source AnTuTu Benchmark, same as below)

Xiaomi’s last generation of foldable display flagship was released in May last year, after a year and three months, we finally ushered in the second generation of the machine MIX Fold 2. And this time, Xiaomi also said that this is the last kilometer from the folding screen into the era of practical.

AnTuTu Benchmark has received the model for the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 of 12GB + 1TB version, so all the following content is based on the version of the case, the machine’s specific configuration parameters are as follows, and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review follows.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Specifications

Model Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
External Display 6.56-inch slightly curved screen,
Samsung E5 material AMOLED,
2520×1080p resolution,
P3 color gamut,
Support Dolby Vision,
HDR10+,
8 million: 1 contrast ratio,
10bit color depth,
Support front and rear ambient light sensors,
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Internal Display 8.02-inch Eco²OLED large screen,
Second-generation LTPO,
Pol-less technology,
2160 × 1914p resolution,
P3 color gamut,
8 million: 1 contrast ratio,
Support front and rear ambient light sensors,
UTG glass,
Dolby Vision,
HDR10+
SoC Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 mobile platform,
The highest frequency is 3.2GHz
RAM
ROM
12GB, LPDDR5, 6400Mbps
256GB/512GB/1TB, UFS3.1
Camera 50MP IMX766 main camera, 1/1.56 large base, 2.0um four-in-one fusion large pixel, F1.8, support SMA OIS optical stabilization, 7P lens
13MP ultra wide-angle camera, F2.4, FOV 123°, 5P lens, 15mm focal length equivalent
8MP 2X portrait telephoto lens, F2.6, 45mm focal length equivalent
20MP Front Camera
Unlock Side fingerprint recognition,
Face Recognition
Battery and Charging 4500mAh dual batteries in parallel,
67W fast charging
OS MIUI Fold 13 based on Android 12
Colors Black, Gold
Heat Dissipation 2520mm² large area VC temperature plate + 3715mm² boron nitride heat dissipation film + 9249mm² high-density graphite sheet.
Other Multi-function NFC, infrared remote control, linear motor, Harman Kardon professional tuning, support Dolby Atoms, Hi-Res certification, Hi-Res Wireless certification.
Price 12GB + 256GB 8999 yuan,
12GB + 512GB 9999 yuan,
12GB + 1TB 11999 yuan.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Specifications

Performance

Xiaomi 12S Series has been the world premiere of a new generation of Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 processor, then naturally, the subsequent flagship will also be equipped with this processor. The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 in performance and power consumption is indeed significant progress, many cell phone company executives have said Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 the name is too euphemistic, should be understood as a big replacement more appropriate.

The author thinks we should understand it this way, the last generation of Snapdragon 8 Gen1 is not the complete form, and this Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 is the complete body, which is much more appropriate, otherwise say Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 is a big replacement, you let 3 months after the Snapdragon 8 Gen2 should do it?

The 12GB + 1TB version of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 AnTuTu Benchmark has a score of 1089291 points with a CPU score of 253389, GPU score of 464270; storage test, random read speed of 2024.4MB/s, random write speed of 1456.3MB/s, the total score of 72424; AI score of 3153788 points.

Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 Review: the Right Trade-offs for a New Look and Re-emergence 1
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 AnTuTu Benchmark

For such a large-capacity Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 processor phone, the score did not reach 1.1 million points, which is a little unsatisfactory, after all, the same processor products are handy 1.1 million points, but this does not mean that the difference between 20k points, there is a difference in experience. On the contrary, because the screen can be switched at will, MIX Fold 2 can handle a lot of other phones can not handle.

Appearance

The outer box, because it is still a test media machine, so it is still in the form of a large gift bag, the whole gift box is divided into two layers, the upper layer is the phone, and the lower layer is a matching phone case and a Xiaomi this year is very popular with the drink cup.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing

The upper phone box is a double-layer packaging, after drawing open the outer carton, the inner packaging is opened in the same state as a flower bloom, and the sense of ceremony to give very adequately.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing

The interior of the phone box also supports the data line, charging head, etc., and each accessory is a separate box neatly placed in the lower part of the phone, the entire package is very complete, and can be said to be the gospel of OCD, the same as the demolition can also have a very adequate sense of happiness.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing

Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 has a total of two screens, the outer screen this time using the standard 21:9 ratio, screen parameters outer screen: 6.56-inch micro-curved screen, Samsung E5 material AMOLED, 2520 × 1080 resolution, P3 color gamut, support Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, 8 million: 1 contrast ratio, 10bit color depth, support front, and rear ambient light sensor, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Inner screen: 8.02-inch Eco² OLED large screen, second generation LTPO, Pol-less technology, 2016 x 1914 resolution, P3 color gamut, 8 million: 1 contrast ratio, support for front and rear ambient light sensors, UTG glass, Dolby Vision, HDR10+.

Both screen quality is very good, but the machine in the unlocking method does not use under-screen fingerprints, but side fingerprints, see this may be some people think that this configuration is not flagship ah, in fact, otherwise, after using, side fingerprints for folding screen, but is more suitable for the use of habits.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing

Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 camera specifications include three lenses, respectively:

  • 50MP IMX766 main camera, 1/1.56 large base, 2.0um four-in-one fusion large pixel, F1.8, support SMA OIS optical stabilization, 7P lens
  • 13MP ultra wide-angle camera, F2.4, FOV 123°, 5P lens, 15mm focal length equivalent
  • 8MP 2X portrait telephoto lens, F2.6, 45mm focal length equivalent
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing

Seeing the camera configuration, the author guess the users who just spit out no under-screen fingerprint will come back to spit out the IMX766, which is not the main camera that flagships should have author felt the same way when he saw the camera configuration, but look at the Leica logo on top of the lens, he thinks it should still be guaranteed. This point will be answered when we talk about the camera in detail below.

For the folding screen, how to play the unfolded large screen is the focus, in addition to watching TV brush video, software adaptation is also very important, at this stage most of the unadapted APP is generally in the state of violent stretching in the display of the inner screen, resulting in the browsable content is not as good as ordinary straight screen phones.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Unboxing

Xiaomi’s approach is to reduce the weight and size of each phone, the MIX Fold 2 is only 5.4mm thick after opening, which is the thinness of any phone at the moment, the phone is thinner and naturally younger, the MIX Fold 2 weighs 262g, the iPhone 13 Pro Max weighs 238g, there is still a gap, but it is almost catch up.

User Interface

The folding screen in addition to the appearance and the common straight screen phone is different, the other biggest difference is the system because the change in form led to the folding screen system is bound to be different from the traditional straight screen phone, that MIX Fold 2 this time the large screen operating system how?

In addition to the hinge and internal structure, to give full play to the advantages of the large screen, folding screen software optimization is also very important, first of all, in the settings interface we can see a folding screen area, in the area straightforward MIUI for folding screen adaptation collection together, allowing first-time users of folding screen phones to quickly understand the features of the phone, and flexible adjustment according to their needs Settings.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 User Interface

The free window is operated by pure gestures, and a detailed tutorial for each use scenario is provided in the zone, which greatly reduces the time cost of learning.

For the folding screen, how to use the expanded large screen is the key point. In addition to watching TV and swiping videos, software adaptation is also very important. At this stage, most of the unadapted APPs are generally in violent stretching when displayed on the internal screen. The status of the browser is not as good as that of ordinary direct-screen mobile phones.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 User Interface

MIUI Fold to solve this problem, directly in the folding screen area to the user to adjust the layout of the application, so that users can flexibly adjust the application display ratio, game adaptation is also the same, to further enhance the flexibility of the use of large screens.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 User Interface
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 User Interface

Folding screen if only the shape of the change and the system does not follow the change, it will be like when Yang followed Hong Qi Gong to learn to fight the dog stick only learned the moves did not learn the mind, it became an empty form of “look goods”, only the system also followed into the exclusive folding screen, that can make the whole phone to achieve a stronger state than two.

Gaming

Folding screen, large size, and familiar Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, Xiaomi also relies on the phone size to it plugged into a large area of 2520mm² VC uniform temperature plate + 3715mm² boron nitride cooling film + 9249mm² high-density graphite sheet super cooling system With, the result is that the machine has a very good performance in any game, the more critical is that it is a large screen, visual effects are not comparable to ordinary mobile phones.

The actual game experience, “Peace Elite” 30 minutes of game time, the game quality selection temporarily does not support the opening of 90fps mode, so choose for 4K Ultra HD+ limit, Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 power consumption of 9%, temperature measurement this time really even, because it is not the most power hungry 90fps mode, and still 8.02 inches of large size, so cope with the Peace Elite, the such games temperature increase is completely negligible, power consumption 9% for a large size device is also very good control.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Gaming Performance

In another cell phone performance “professional test” game “Genshin Impact”, the same 30 minutes of game time, the game quality all open to the highest and 60 fps, Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 power consumption of 13%, the phone front screen maximum temperature of 42.7°, the highest temperature of 41.6 ° rear case.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Gaming Performance
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Gaming Performance

The performance of the MIX Fold 2 is totally expected. First of all, the large screen and large size are more conducive to heat dissipation, plus Xiaomi has also plugged in such a crazy cooling system, which makes the experience of the MIX Fold 2 a good one.

In addition, on a large 8-inch screen to play the joy of this open world game, really is to experience once can not return, so the screen this thing, there is no such thing as the best/most adapted to the size, always the larger the better.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Gaming Performance
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Gaming Performance

Battery life and fast charging

The power consumption of the gaming has been already given in this article, next we will test the power consumption of the video. After 1 hour of movie playback, Xiaomi MIX Fold 2’s battery consumption dropped from 60% to 51%, consuming 9% of power, with video brightness adjusted to the highest, Dolby Audio on, and tested in external playback mode.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Battery Life

In this part of the local movie test, MIX Fold 2 finally has its big screen phone should have power consumption, 9% power consumption is about twice as high as a conventional straight screen phone, but watching a movie with an 8-inch product can be many times more enjoyable than watching a movie with a 6. X-inch.

With 30 minutes of TikTok playback, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2’s battery consumption is 5%, and the brightness is likewise adjusted to the highest, so the power consumption here is completely normal.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Battery Life

Charging, Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 uses 67W fast charging, and the battery capacity of the machine is 4500mAh, for a product positioned with the folding screen flagship is actually not excellent, moderate, but rare is the MIX Fold 2 in our test battery consumption environment gave a very good performance and a regular straight screen flagship equivalent. So in terms of battery capacity and fast charging, the mentality is moderated appropriately.

After the actual test, charging at 1% of the remaining power, you can charge up to 26% in 10 minutes, 71% in 30 minutes, and 47 minutes for a full charge. This speed is naturally not fast, or even a little slow, after all, it is slower than the official 40 minutes, Xiaomi’s 120W fast charging, and in the Redmi Note series models, for a folding screen flagship, 67W and 47 minutes is naturally not enough, but then consider its overall weight of 262g and the thickness of 5.4mm on one side, everything seems to be reasonable.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Charging time

Camera

In terms of appearance, we shallowly talk about the camera, MIX Fold 2 camera configuration in terms of parameters is really not enough to see, and even feel that it is not worthy of MIX Fold 2 flagship positioning, but it does not matter, the flagship machine has not only hardware but also depends on the software, MIX Fold 2 in the camera module but also has the Leica logo.

It was a cloudy day on the day author took the sample photos. For other phones, cloudy days are a disaster for framing, but for Leica’s camera orientation, cloudy days are a natural color bonus.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples

In the scenes of flowers, plants, and trees, the proofs presented by the MIX Fold 2 are completely worthy of the Leica logo. The overall picture is dark, but the texture of the dark areas is also preserved, just like the natural lighting given by the dark close-ups, there is a unique texture, this is the German flavor we often hear.

But Leica is by no means only dark and cloudy, red fruit of that sample, the red performance is also very thick sense, and then look closely at the fruit behind that just right tree bokeh, you really have to feel the amazing progress of cell phone photography over the years. The Leica Nature and Leica Classic filters are also retained on the MIX Fold 2, and the samples are also excellent.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples

Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 has an 8-megapixel 2X portrait telephoto lens that supports up to 10x zoom, and the sample images of different focal lengths are as follows:

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
0.6x zoom
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
1X zoom.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
2X zoom.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
5X zoom.
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
10X zoom.

1x, 2x and 5x effect performance is the best, 10x then belongs to the hardware bottleneck limit, can see it, but do not expect higher.

Night View

The night scene with MIX Fold 2 is still a surprise, before saying that you can look at the sample photos, if you do not mention that this is the IMX766 main camera, you will think that this lens is widely used by the market in all price brackets can shoot such a night scene effect?

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Camera Samples

First of all, the most important noise and brightness of the night scene, we do not mention, the purity of the picture we know at a glance, clean as if washed; then is the processing of complex light near and far is also very in place, there is no light spot and light shadow, the bright place bright, the dark place dark, and even in this case, for some fonts can be clearly seen, the fonts around no false off. These are very praiseworthy points.

And these sample photos are not open in night mode to take pictures, or in automatic mode, the camera has recognized the night scene, but the waiting time when taking pictures is much shorter than the shooting time after selecting the night scene, handheld can also be stable film.

I don’t know if there is any Leica support, anyway, it really doesn’t look like IMX766 can achieve the night effect, the shot is really very good.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review: Conclusion

In fact, the last generation of MIX Fold did not do very well, as Xiaomi’s first folding screen, and is playing the MIX mark, Xiaomi handed out the first answer is not good, which also let Xiaomi learn from the pain, after more than a year of silence before updating the second generation of MIX Fold.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 foldable phone in one word is distinctive, it is a very reasonable trade-off, no screen fingerprint, no top camera, no big battery of about 5000mAh and 120W fast charging, but correspondingly, MIX Fold 2 gives you a top slimness of 5.4mm, Leica image that outperforms its own flagship performance and the power consumption of “Genshin Impact” is only 13% for 30 minutes.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 Review

Whenever you feel that a certain configuration may not be enough flagship, Xiaomi will use the actual better than flagship experience to make you feel OK, OK, OK.

So author actually don’t know what the price of MIX Fold 2 will be when he wrote this long article, but he did not think it will be very high, because its configuration is obviously adjusted to allow the folding screen to sink more quickly so that more people can use it, so that the folding screen, a precious canary four years ago, can fly into thousands of homes in this one or two years.

Note: This review is originally published on AnTuTu Benchmark by Wangli.

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