Will this new generation mark Xiaomi’s debut in the international folding smartphone market? The Chinese brand, which has until now reserved its Mix Fold model for its home market, is preparing to formalize a new variant of the device: it will be the Mix Fold 3. To formalize it, go to an event next August 14. Held in China.
Ahead of the formalization, the brand, or rather Lei Jun (Xiaomi’s founder and CEO), has revealed a number of details that give hope for a later release of the Mi Mix Fold 3 in Europe. Among the notable elements is its large internal screen, whose diagonal reaches 8.03 inches (a little more than the Mix Fold 2, 8.02 inches). Lei Jun promises that the crease has been further reduced, and the peak brightness will reach 2600 cd/m², like the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which exceeded 2000 cd/m² in HDR during our tests . This screen will also display 2K definition and benefit from a 120Hz refresh rate, just like the Mix Fold 2. Xiaomi CEO has indicated that it has been tested by the brand’s laboratories for 200,000 openings and closings.
Other elements allow you to get an idea of \u200b\u200bthe smartphone. If it’s announced as thinner and lighter than the Mix Fold 2, which was already notably discreet (11.2mm off and 262g on the scale), Lei Jun didn’t mention its exact measurements, saying Satisfying myself that the hinge of its Next Fold is 12% thinner than the Fold 2. On the other hand, it shows off the integrated photo block on the back of its device. We see the Leica stamp, which has been its partner since last year, but also the presence of four modules. Thus four focal lengths are available, from 15 to 115 mm, as indicated by the inscription on the side of the module. So we are dealing with a periscopic lens that offers a much higher magnification than the Mix Fold 2, which did not exceed the equivalent of 45mm with an 8 Mpx sensor. Although we do not know the exact definition of the module integrated in the new terminal, we note that with its four focal lengths, it promises to be particularly versatile.
While Samsung has just formalized its Galaxy Z Fold 5, which will be officially available starting August 11, competition is still scarce in the European market. With the exception of Honor, which has been introducing its Magic V there since spring and will market the Magic V2 by the end of the year, only Huawei also sells this type of device in a market that is definitely growing. , but still modest. Compared to traditional smartphones.