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Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Introduction

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is the thinnest foldable phone on the market in 2022 – an impressive achievement that should immediately put it into the spotlight for quite some time. Unfortunately, few will be able to purchase this Mix Fold 2 as it is available exclusively in China.

It seems Xiaomi has no interest in selling its cutting-edge smartphones outside of China. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra did not make it to international markets, the first Mix Fold didn’t, the thoroughly great Xiaomi 12S Ultra didn’t, and now the Mix Fold 2 is here to show us what we cannot have.

With that rant now over, let’s explore this Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 that arrived recently at our office.

The new Mix Fold 2 is a massive upgrade over the previous Mix Fold. For starters, it is much thinner and lighter – the folded Fold 2 is just 11mm thick (vs. 17mm), and it weighs 262 grams (vs. 317g). It has an improved hinge, Gorilla Glass Victus front, aluminum chassis, and frosted rear glass.

The two screens on the Mix Fold are some of the best the industry has to offer. The front (cover) one is a 6.56-inch OLED of standard 1080p resolution and traditional 21:9 aspect. It also impresses with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The centerpiece of the Mix Fold 2 is the foldable display, of course. It’s the largest one on the market as of today – an 8.02-inch Foldable LTPO2 OLED panel without any cutouts. It can show over 1B colors, supports 120Hz refresh rate, and is HDR10+, and it’s Dolby Vision certified. In addition to the high refresh rate improvement over the Mix Fold, this screen is also brighter and should be less reflective.

The Mix Fold 2 utilizes the most current Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, and it is coupled with 12GB RAM. That’s in line with the current crop of flagships and a good upgrade over the Snapdragon 888 chipset within the first Mix Fold.

The rear camera is another showstopper – it’s a Leica-powered triple setup with a 50MP OIS primary, an 8MP OIS 2x tele and a 13MP ultrawide camera with AF. Indeed, this makes the Mix Fold 2 yet another Xiaomi-Leica partnership few will have access to, but it is what it is.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

There is one aspect where the Mix Fold 2 has been downgraded since the Mix Fold – there are two speakers now instead of four. But they should be larger than before and are tuned by harmon/kardon. There is support for Dolby Atmos, too.

Finally, the Mix Fold 2 is powered by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W fast wired charging.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 specs at a glance:

  • Body: 161.1×144.7×5.4mm, 262g; glass front (folded), plastic front (unfolded), glass back, aluminum frame.
  • Display: 8.02″ Foldable LTPO2 OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (HBM), 1300 nits (peak), 1914x2160px resolution, 10.16:9 aspect ratio, 360ppi, Schott UTG glass; Cover display:, AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (HBM), 1300 nits (peak), 6.56 inches, 1080 x 2520 pixels, 21:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 730.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 1TB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, MIUI Fold 13.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.6, 45mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.4, 15mm, 123˚, 1.12µm.
  • Front camera: 20 MP, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240/960fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 67W, 100% in 40 min (advertised), Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 4+.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port; stereo speakers.

Samsung’s most current Galaxy Z Fold4 has two major advantages over the Mix Fold 2 if they were to go head-to-head. The Galaxy is IPX8-rated for water resistance, and it runs on Android 12L instead of regular Android 12, which offers native support for foldable screens with some special tricks. The Mix Fold 2 cannot match the usability Samsung offers on its Galaxy, though there are some promising functions that are part of MIUI Fold 13.

On the other hand, the Mix Fold 2 is much thinner and offers larger screens, and it can brag with premium packaging.

Unboxing the Mix Fold 2

Indeed, the Mix Fold 2 arrives within a big black box, which contains the proprietary 67W charger and the needed 6A-rated cable needed for the fast charging to work. But that’s not the end of it!

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Inside the box, you will also find a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter, so you may continue to use your favorite wired headphones. And you get a special leather cover with an adjustable kickstand! Nice!

Finally, the cover screen arrives with a thin protector that’s been applied within the factory.

Design, build quality, handling

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has the most impressive design across the foldable market right now, this is simply undeniable. The incredibly slim profile, be it folded or not, the lightweight body, and the premium feel you get by just holding the phone – it’s exactly how a true flagship should feel in someone’s hands.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 reviewGalaxy Z Fold4 vs. Mix Fold 2

Pitting the Mix Fold 2 next to the Galaxy Z Fold4 shows exactly how larger the Mix Fold 2 is due to its 8.02-inch screen. Xiaomi’s device has a full-fledged cover screen that can easily rival most phones’ OLEDs on the market right now.

And then there is the less reflective foldable screen, which also flexes with its large size and having no cutouts.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 reviewGalaxy Z Fold4 vs. Mix Fold 2

It’s not all in favor of the Mix Fold 2, of course. There is one notable omission on the Xiaomi’s smartphone, or shall we say tablet – its hinge doesn’t allow semi-folded positions. You either use the phone fully open, or fully closed. This immediately cuts plenty of use cases for the foldable form factor and that’s a shame.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 reviewGalaxy Z Fold4 vs. Mix Fold 2

The thinner and more compact hinge also costed Xiaomi waterproofing properties – another big feature Samsung has every right to brag with and use against the competition.

And yet, look at this Mix Fold 2 – isn’t it beautiful?

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Enough with the Galactic comparison, let’s explore this Mix Fold 2 in full and see what it’s made of and how good or bad is its handling experience.

So, in folded state the Mix Fold 2 looks a lot any recent traditional smartphone. Most of its front is occupied by the 6.56-inch AMOLED screen with evenly thin bezels. The panel has 21:9 aspect ratio and offers extended 1080p resolution.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

While the cover screen is supposed to be an auxiliary one, Xiaomi still gave it all the perks you may think of – 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision. There is a small cutout for the 20MP selfie camera. And the whole thing is protected with a Gorilla Glass Victus sheet and surrounded by a thin metal frame.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The backside of the folded Mix Fold 2 is also covered in glass, frosted this time around. This matt finish is fingerprint resistant but it’s more slippery than if it were a glossy panel.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The massive camera island sits on the back, too, and it’s almost edge-to-edge. At first, we thought of this as unnecessary large, since it’s about 3mm thick. But if it weren’t that wide, it would have made the Mix Fold 2 wobble horribly.

The camera housing is all metal and it accommodates the 50MP primary, the 8MP 2x tele, and the 13MP ultrawide eye that also doubles as a macro camera thanks to its autofocus capabilities. A dual-LED flash and what appears to be a color spectrum sensor are also around. The Leica logo is around, too, making sure people know your cameras feature Leica-made lenses.

Let’s take a quick look around the sides.

The top houses one of the speakers, the SIM tray, the IR blaster and one of the microphones.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The bottom of the Mix Fold 2 has the other speaker, the USB-C port, and the primary microphone.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The left side has the hinge cover, a really thin one, made of metal. It has no markings.

The right part of the Mix Fold 2 is where you’d see the volume and the power/lock keys. The surface of the lock key also doubles as a fingerprint scanner – it’s always-on and impressively fast.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

And here is the unfolded Mix Fold 2.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The 8.02-inch foldable OLED screen is edge-to-edge without any cutouts. It has a thin plastic framing as all foldables do.

The crease is not visible, but you can feel it. It is slightly less prominent as on the Z Fold4, but this is rather subjective.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The foldable screen is covered by a Schott UTG glass with additional antireflective coating. We can confirm the screen is less reflective than the Galaxy Z Fold4’s one and looks like it offers more contrast because of that.

In its unfolded state the Mix Fold 2 is incredibly thin at just 5.4mm and feels amazing in your hands.

Unfortunately, here is one of the biggest issues – due to the rounded frame it’s rather tough to open the Mix Fold 2. We needed to push with our nails and fingertips harder than expected and then manage to keep the phone steady and not to drop it. We got used to this in about five days, but it was far less convenient and pleasant as on other foldable competitors. Making it harder to open also takes aways some of the foldable coolness.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

And then, the Mix Fold 2 can’t be used folded in an angle different from 180-degrees a.k.a. fully open state. It’s either unfolded or folded, nothing in-between. This takes away a couple of great usability features. Then again, the phone runs on regular Android 12 instead of Android 12L, so even it were able to unfold hallway through, it would have still not gotten these tricks, probably.

Xiaomi ships the Mix Fold 2 with a thin leather case that has an integrated adjustable kickstand. This will help you watch movies or TV shows on the cover screen without any other support.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The case is convenient, sure, but it also tremendously improves on the grip experience. With this case the Mix Fold 2 feels secure in hand, and it gets the much needed boost. It also makes much easier to open the Mix Fold 2 because of the extra grip around the frame – something that is a rather big issue in naked state.

So, the Mix Fold 2 is of a solid premium build – it is the thinnest foldable on the market, with superb screens all-round, and the huge Leica camera does look good. No glass phone offers good grip, especially one with rounded metal frame. That’s why we strongly suggest using the leather case – it’s super thin and doesn’t take away anything from the Mix Fold 2, in fact – it only makes it better.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The Mix Fold 2 is missing some neat tricks like waterproofing and halfway-open mode, but we guess that’s the price for being the thinnest phone of this form factor on the market. And we are sure there are many people ready to pay it.

Two flagship-grade screens

The Mix Fold 2 has two OLED displays – a 6.56-inch cover screen and a large 8.02-inch foldable primary one. Both panels support 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and up to 1,300 nits in peak brightness.

The cover screen now has a more traditional 21:9 aspect ratio with extended 1080p resolution – 2,520 x 1,080 pixels. The screen has a small perforation for the selfie camera, and it is covered with a Gorilla Glass Victus sheet.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The inner screen has seen an even bigger upgrade – it’s now an 8.02-inch LTPO2 OLED with square-ish aspect and dynamic 120Hz refresh rate that can go as low as 1Hz.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The foldable screen is protected by a Schott UTG glass and has an antireflective coating. It has no interruptions whatsoever.

Xiaomi is promising 1,000 nits of high maximum brightness and up to 1,300 nits of peak brightness. And brightness is the first thing we’ve tested on the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2.

The cover screen of the Mix Fold 2 offers 501 nits of maximum brightness when using the manual model, while the inner one is a bit brighter at 522 nits.

When the screen is faced with a bright light, the high brightness mode (HBM) kicks in, and the cover display lights up as bright as 940nits, while the foldable panel boost is even bigger at 1,054 nits.

Those numbers are in line with what Xiaomi has promised, and we have no doubt both screens can offer the advertised 1,300 nits of peak brightness within a small patch when showing HDR content.

The minimum brightness on both displays is also impressive – 2.1 nits for the outer and 2.3 nits for the inner screen.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 0 522
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (Max Auto) 0 1054
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (Cover Display) 0 501
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (Cover Display, Max Auto) 0 940
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 0 505
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (Extra Brightness) 0 809
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (Max Auto) 0 1000
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (Cover display) 0 486
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (Cover display, Extra Brightness) 0 802
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (Cover display, Max Auto) 0 1034
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 0 505
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 (Extra Brightness) 0 802
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 (Max Auto) 0 919
Xiaomi 12S Ultra 0 512
Xiaomi 12S Ultra (Max Auto) 0 1065
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 0 852
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Max Auto) 0 1050
Huawei Mate Xs 2 0 514
Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Max Auto) 0 725
Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded) 0 506
Oppo Find N 0 490
Oppo Find N (Max Auto) 0 582
Oppo Find N Cover 0 505
Oppo Find N Cover (Max Auto) 0 785

Color accuracy

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 offers the same color settings we’re used to seeing on high-end Xiaomi models. There are three immediately available preset color modes – Vivid (default), Saturated, Original color, with a color wheel below for tweaking temperature, in addition to three factory presets – Default, Warm, Cool.

Then there’s an Advanced settings submenu where you can choose from three further presets – Original, P3, and sRGB – but there are also RGB sliders as well as sliders for hue, saturation, value, contrast, and gamma.

Color settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Color settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Color settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Color settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Color settings

So, in the default Vivid mode, we’re getting vibrant colors and accurate results for our DCI-P3 test targets, with the usual blue shift to white and gray. The Warm temperature preset does improve the overall accuracy across the white and gray hues, even if it still leaves a hint of blue.

The Original color mode offers excellent accuracy against sRGB patterns – we recorded an average dE2000 of 1.7.

Refresh rate

The Mix Fold 2 handles refresh rate like the 12S Ultra. Meaning you get two refresh rate modes – Default, where the phone chooses refresh rate on its own, and Custom, where you get to pick a refresh rate ceiling – either 60Hz, or 120Hz.

Refresh rate settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Refresh rate settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Refresh rate settings

The cover display supports fixed refresh rate steps – 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. If you’ve set Default or 120Hz, then the cover screen will use 30Hz for the always-on display and video playback, 60Hz for static photos and UI, and 120Hz for everything else. If you’ve set the RR ceiling to 60Hz, the 30Hz drop remains in place.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The inner LTPO2 screen is much more dynamic – it drops to 1Hz for static images and static UI. We’ve seen the Android indicator show 30Hz for video playback, and 60Hz and 120Hz within apps and games. We suspect the indicator isn’t that reliable as the display should be using 24Hz and 48Hz for different video content depending on the frame rate. But being able to drop to 1Hz when it matters surely means a highly dynamic refresh rate handling is, in fact, in place as promised.

HDR and streaming

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, and has two great screens.

But being using this device outside China, meaning for Western content, won’t give you the best possible streaming options everywhere. Netflix, for example, offers SD streaming only. Prime Videos does serve Full HD content, but still no HDR.

YouTube is the only app that supports all screen perks and can show HDR content in high resolutions.

Other enhancements

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 offers four AI Image Engine features (all disabled by default).

The first one is Super Resolution – this feature tries to upscale the resolution of local videos. It could increase battery consumption and may not yield much improvement.

The second feature is called AI Image Enhancement and works only within the Gallery app. It automatically scans and identifies objects across your photos and applies some predefined contrast/color/filter settings when you are viewing said photos.

The AI HDR enhancement uses some sort of processing across SDR content to bring more detail to both lighter and darker areas.

Finally, there is MEMC – motion interpolation from low frame rate footage to high frame rate. This leads to a soap opera-like effect for some movies/TV shows, so if you feel something is off – like objects moving too fast or not looking cinematic, just don’t use MEMC.

AI Image Engine features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
AI Image Engine features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
AI Image Engine features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
AI Image Engine features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

AI Image Engine features

Battery life

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is powered by a 4,500mAh battery. That’s down from the 5,020mAh battery inside the first Mix Fold, but in line with the current foldable competitors – Galaxy Z Fold4, Find N, Mate Xs 2.

The Mix Fold 2 scored an 82h endurance rating for its primary (foldable) display and a 108h rating for its cover screen. The on-screen times on the cover screen are quite respectable, with 15h of web browsing and 18h of looped video playback.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The primary screen offers 10h of web browsing and 10:30h of video playback – pretty good times, too.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

The call times and even the standby performance turned out pretty good, and thus the higher-than-expected endurance ratings for both displays.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test is done at the display’s highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage patterns, check out our all-time battery test results chart where you can also find all phones we’ve tested.

Charging speed

The Mix Fold 2 supports Xiaomi’s 67W fast wired charging, and that charger comes bundled with the phone. The maker advertises a full charge in 40 minutes.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Our test revealed the Mix Fold 2 battery goes from 0% to 77% in 30 minutes when using the 67W charger.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    85%
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    77%
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    73%
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (45W)
    60%
  • Oppo Find N
    57%
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
    55%
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    50%
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (20W Apple)
    42%
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
    40%

A full charge took 45 minutes sharp, which is not that far from what Xiaomi has been advertising.

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    0:43h
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    0:45h
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    0:50h
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (45W)
    0:59h
  • Oppo Find N
    1:05h
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
    1:15h
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    1:19h
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
    1:30h
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (20W Apple)
    1:46h

The Mix Fold 2 has no support for wireless charging.

Speakers

The Mix Fold 2 comes with stereo speakers placed symmetrically at the top and bottom parts of the frame. They support Dolby Atmos enhancement, which is on by default.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The left and right channels switch dynamically depending on the orientation of the device. When used in portrait orientation, the top speaker plays the left channel.

Both speakers seem of equal loudness and audio quality, which is a rarity these days.

The Mix Fold 2 scored a Good mark on our loudness test, while its sound quality is close to what we’d rate as Very Good. There are well-presented vocals and high frequencies. Bass is present, too, but it’s a bit underwhelming.

We’ve recorded the phone with enabled Dolby Atmos, as this is the default option. You may get a bit expanded tonal range by turning this enhancement off, but the vocals will take a minor hit.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal “0db” flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

MIUI Fold 13 on top of Android 12

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 comes with standard Android 12 and MIUI Fold 13 UI. Not having Android 12L like the Galaxies means the Mix Fold 2 cannot offer as flexible UI as Samsung’s competitors.

Having such two large and amazing screens gives you a choice – work on a smartphone or on a tablet display. Indeed, the Mix Fold 2 is more like a foldable tablet, and its UI across the large screen is tablet reminiscent. And switching between those is always a breeze.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The Mix Fold 2 is exclusive to China and will probably remain this way. If you decide on importing it, you will meet the Chinese version of MIUI that is a bit different from the international, and while it has built-in Google Services, you need to install the apps like Play Store, Maps and Chrome from the Xiaomi app store.

So, the first things you will notice are differences in the software package – there’s a lot of pre-installed Chinese apps. Thankfully, you can remove pretty much all of them.

The default keyboard has the usual Chinese input capabilities and is somewhat difficult to operate from a Western user’s standpoint, but Gboard is right there in the Play Store.

Still, there will be remains of Chinese elements here or there in the UI or in the system apps. Plus, we can’t be certain if one or another software peculiarity wouldn’t become an issue in the long run for more niche use cases. There’s the Netflix SD cap, for one.

Chinese apps - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
GetApps - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Xiaomi Browser - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Keyboard - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Play Store - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Chinese apps • GetApps • Xiaomi Browser • Keyboard • Play Store

Then there’s the fact that some things in the UI and feature set are just different and that we find odd.

For example, in some system apps (like the Clock) where the global MIUI builds use icons for different tabs, the Chinese build has simple text labels. The File Manager has that difference too, plus a different look of the Recent tab.

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There are other things as well. The Mix Fold 2’s Chinese MIUI has a new and improved widget interface, with better-defined categories, tons of widgets and a search feature. Admittedly, a lot of the widgets we’re getting are in Chinese, and we did remove nearly all of the pre-installed apps, yet there are still so many of them, but the new interface is still better.

Clock - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
File Manager - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
File Manager - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Widgets - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Widgets - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Widgets - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Clock • File Manager • File Manager • Widgets

Next up, Xiaomi’s own take on the Privacy Dashboard. Google released this privacy hub with Android 12, and different makers have been implementing it in their own ways, and Xiaomi itself has done it in two different ways depending on localization. Here the permissions are designated with icons, as opposed to the text labels in the global MIUI builds. Still, you get essentially the same functionality for keeping track of what app has used what permission when – it’s just organized in a different way.

It doesn’t end there, naturally. We found no way to revert to a classic notification shade with quick toggles as the norm on most Androids – the Mix Fold only has the two-pane option with notifications on the left and Control center on the right. Similarly, you don’t get to choose the UI of the Recent apps – it’s just the MIUI standard two-cards-per-row interface.

Privacy - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Privacy - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Privacy - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Notifications - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Control Center - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Recent apps - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Privacy • Privacy • Privacy • Notifications • Control Center • Recent apps

None of these differences take away from the MIUI experience. Depending on how you like your Xiaomi to behave, you might not notice that certain things are different or missing.

Always-on display functionality is there with all the customizability you can ask for.

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AoD settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
AoD settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
AoD settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

AoD • AoD settings

The homescreens are business as usual – they are populated with shortcuts, folders, and widgets. You can choose whether to have an app drawer or not – that option has not been taken away. The leftmost pane is reserved for widgets only – it’s not the Google Discover.

Lockscreen - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Homescreen - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Homescreen - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Folder view - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
App drawer - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Widget pane - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Lockscreen • Homescreen • Homescreen • Folder view • App drawer • Widget pane

You unlock the screen via the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s always-on, fast and amazingly reliable, no complaints there. It can be set to trigger either on Press or on Touch. The latter may yield misreads due to its position, and that’s why Xiaomi has set its default operation to be on Press.

Aside from the fingerprint reader, you can unlock the phone using 2D Face Unlock, but it is far less secure than the fingerprint option.

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Fingerprint settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Face unlock - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Face unlock - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Biometric security • Fingerprint settings • Face unlock

MIUI comes with its proprietary multimedia apps – there’s Gallery, and Music and Mi Video. And, of course, a Mi Remote app that uses the integrated IR blaster.

Then there’s the Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, define the battery behavior of selected apps, and apply restrictions only to certain apps.

Gallery - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Music - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Video - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Mi Remote - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Security - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Security - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Gallery • Music • Video • Mi Remote • Security

We’ll reiterate that the division in design and functionality between Chinese and global MIUI builds perplexes us, but there could be some regional and cultural nuances that Xiaomi gets, and we don’t. You could seemingly use the Mix Fold 2 just fine outside of China, though you’ll never be able to completely remove all references to Chinese apps and services, and some specific things may not work at all.

Now, let’s look at the larger UI for the foldable screen.

For starters, the screen always shows two homescreen panes instead of just one. And the leftmost widget page from the default UI now pops up on top of the default homescreen.

The Notification Shade drops down at the center of the display, while the Control Center always takes the left part of the screen – as intended.

Homescreens - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Homescreens - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Widget pane - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Homescreens • Homescreens • Widget pane

The larger display allows for a larger dock, which in addition to six docked apps, also shows the three most recent ones.

Notification center - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Control Center - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Notification center • Control Center

Some apps, like Settings, Notes, File Manager, make use of the larger screen by offering split-screen UI.

Settings - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Notes - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
File Manager - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Settings • Notes • File Manager

There is a special ‘Features for foldable devices’ menu, which explains the things you can do on the foldable screen.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Floating windows and conversation bubbles is the first category. Floating Windows work in a familiar fashion – there is a Sidebar where you choose from a list of customizable apps. Once you tap on the app icon, it will launch within a floating window with full functionality.

Features for foldable devices - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Features for foldable devices - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Features for foldable devices - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Features for foldable devices - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Features for foldable devices

You can work with the floating app and move it around. You can also open it in full-screen, snap it on the left/right side to open split-screen view, or simply close it by swiping on its bottom part.

You can have up to two floating windows at the same time, and one or two apps in full-screen/split-screen mode opened in the background – this makes a total of four active apps on the screen.

Floating Windows - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Floating Windows - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Floating Windows - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Floating Windows

The split-screen view is neat – but you cannot change its size – it’s always 50/50, and the border is where the foldable display’s crease is.

Split screen - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Split screen - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Split screen

Conversation bubbles from supported apps like Messages, Mail, and social networks are supported, too.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The second option in the special Fold menu is to enable/disable Keep the screen after folding. This basically decides where you will continue to use the phone after you fold it or it will simply lock itself.

Wallpapers for foldable devices is pretty much self-explanatory – you will find plenty of cool wallpapers for your 8-inch screen here.

More foldable features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
More foldable features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

More foldable features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
More foldable features - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

More foldable features

And finally, the last tab just explains how the default Baidu IME for MIUI keyboard is designed for this foldable device – with split-screen ergonomic UI, resizable, and with duplicated G and V letters for convenience.

The special foldable-oriented keyboard - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
The special foldable-oriented keyboard - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The special foldable-oriented keyboard

Another function you can enable is during photo/video capturing – you can duplicate your viewfinder on the cover screen – a neat option if you are taking group shots or portraits.

Outer display preview - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Outer display preview

And that’s about it.

Some apps may not look good in the square aspect, while others are forced to run in landscape mode for whatever reason and we needed to rotate the phone. These didn’t ruin the overall experience but were peculiarities that bothered us a bit.

Performance and benchmarks

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 utilizes the most current Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 5G chipset coupled with 12GB of RAM. While it does offer a minor performance boost in both CPU and GPU speeds, its most significant improvement is actually efficiency, thanks to a switch from Samsung to TSMC for the manufacturing (still at 4nm, technically).

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

As far as raw benchmark scores are concerned, the Mix Fold 2 has the most powerful Android processor on the market.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    4368
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    4349
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    4300
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    4028
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    3981
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    3657
  • Oppo Find N
    3478
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    3478
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    3239
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    3239
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    3131
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    3079

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    1374
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    1342
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    1337
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    1324
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    1316
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    1180
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    1095
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    1095
  • Oppo Find N
    985
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    985
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    900
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    884

Same goes for the GPU benchmarks – there is no more powerful GPU on the market, and it thrives under the HRR displays.

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    72
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    62
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    45
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    42
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    41
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    39
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    34
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    34
  • Oppo Find N
    33
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    29
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    18

GFX Aztek Vulkan High (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    51
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    51
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    50
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    50
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    43
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    35
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    31
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    31
  • Oppo Find N
    30
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    29
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    19
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    19

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    98
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    80
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    60
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    60
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    59
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    52
  • Oppo Find N
    51
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    51
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    51
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    38
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    37
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    28

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    104
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    102
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    102
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    101
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    92
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    76
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    75
  • Oppo Find N
    73
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    72
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    71
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    55
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    55

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    121
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    120
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    118
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    118
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    117
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    105
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    104
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    83
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    64
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    60
  • Oppo Find N
    60
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    60

GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    268
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    266
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    264
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    261
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    249
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    182
  • Oppo Find N
    179
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    178
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    172
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    168
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    102
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    100

Finally, the compound AnTuTu 9 test put the Mix Fold 2 scores on top of our all-time chart.

AnTuTu 9

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
    1050139
  • Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 (cover display)
    1046152
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    1039412
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (1440p)
    968359
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
    964530
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (cover display)
    958817
  • Oppo Find N
    822513
  • Oppo Find N (cover display)
    799386
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
    752218
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (cover display)
    724906
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2
    658825
  • Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Unfolded)
    641608

So, as far as raw performance is concerned, the Mix Fold 2 is on top of the smartphone chain right now.

There is a but, of course, and it’s quite obvious. The Mix Fold 2 is an incredibly thin smartphone, which means it’s impossible to cool its flagship chipset in a meaningful enough way. While Xiaomi did advertise its heat-pipe cooling solution and graphite layers, we still cannot imagine it will be adequate.

And as far as GPU stability is concerned – it is not. The 3D Mark Stress Test cannot finish on either screen. The phone overheats after 7-8mins of peak GPU performance and kills every process, but the most essential ones needed to run the OS.

Overheating messages for GPU tests - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Overheating messages for GPU tests - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Overheating messages for GPU tests - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Overheating messages for GPU tests

The CPU stress test, which we usually leave running for 60 minutes, also heated the phone to some critical levels, and this led to killing unnecessary background tasks. But it never killed the foreground ones, such as the test itself, like it happened with the GPU stress test. And the CPU Throttle app did finish on both screens, and it scored 71% stability on the cover display and 75% stability for the inner screen – excellent scores all things considered.

CPU Stress tests - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
CPU Stress tests - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
CPU Stress tests - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

CPU Stress tests

During these stress tests, the phone healed a lot just under its camera island, and it was nearly impossible to put your fingers on this place for more than a couple of seconds. This is a spot where you rarely, if at all, rest you fingers, but still.

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is an incredibly powerful smartphone, that can handle anything. Modern games run smooth and make use of the high refresh rate well. We had no issues with games – none of the ones we tried managed to overheat the phone, but the potential for overheating is there, and if you intend to use the Mix Fold 2 as a gaming device – you should seriously consider this issue, or even reconsider entirely.

Tiple camera on the back powered by Leica

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 features four cameras – three on its back and one on the cover screen. The rear triple-camera setup contains a 50MP wide-angle primary camera, a 13MP ultrawide-angle camera, and an 8MP 2x zoom camera. The one for selfies uses a 20MP sensor.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

The main camera relies on a 50MP 1/1.56″ Sony IMX766 sensor with a Quad-Bayer filter. The sensor has 1.0µm pixels, and after the 4-in-1 binning, you’d be getting a 12.5MP photo 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.

The ultrawide camera uses a 13MP Omnivision OV13B10 1/3.06″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels. It has a 15mm f/2.4 lens, there is autofocus available, and (Auto) Night Mode works, too.

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 a 12MP one – 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 a 20MP Sony IMX596 1/2.8″ sensor of Quad Bayer design. It is coupled with a 23mm f/2.4 lens, and the focus is fixed.

Camera app

The camera app on the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is pretty much the same as on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Whether you are using it on the small screen (the most convenient way) or the large screen (best for portraits and groups shots as you can show the viewfinder on the cover screen).

It is also more or less the same as on other Xiaomi’s, but with a twist – the accent color here is red, presumably in honor of the Leica collaboration.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Another Leica-related touch is the processing ‘mode’ you need to choose the first time you launch the camera. The two options are Leica Vibrant and Leica Authentic, and once you’re past the welcome screen, you can switch back and forth between them all you want. You do have to be in one or the other – there’s no ‘generic’ non-Leica auto mode. There is an ‘AI’ toggle in addition to that, because of course there needs to be.

Aside from that, the app functions like on any other recent Xiaomi. Basic operation for changing modes works with sideswipes as expected, and you can also tap on the modes that you can see to switch to those directly. You can add, remove, and rearrange modes in the main rolodex by going to the More tab and navigating to the edit button, and you can access that from the settings menu as well.

At the far end of the viewfinder, you have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, Leica mode, and the AI toggle. There’s also the hamburger menu which contains additional options like aspect ratio, self-timer and grid lines, plus the shortcut to the settings. You won’t find an option to set the output resolution for any of the cameras (not that we particularly care), besides the 50MP mode that outputs at full res.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

On the near end, you have the camera zoom switch that operates in one of two fashions. The first one is simply tapping on one of the three dots that represent the ultra-wide, primary, and 2x zoom options. Or you can tap on the active magnification and reveal even more zoom modes – 2x, 5x, and 10x.

There’s a nicely capable Pro mode, where you can tweak the shooting parameters yourself. You get to pick one of 4 white balance presets or dial in the light temperature with a slider, there’s a manual focusing slider (with peaking as an option), and shutter speed and ISO control with ranges depending on which camera you’re using – yes, you can access each of the three cams in Pro mode.

Camera UI - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera UI - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera UI - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera UI - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera UI - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera UI - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Camera UI

And here is the video part of the camera app.

Camera app UI - video - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera app UI - video - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera app UI - video - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Camera app UI - video - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Camera app UI – video

Daylight photo quality

We adopted the Leica Vibrant mode with the AI toggle off – this is the default state of the options and the way Xiaomi intended for most people to take their photos. Leica Vibrant and Leica Authentic are color rendition options, and they offer exactly what their names suggest – Vibrant is as advertised but with a measured approach and not in over-the-top, while Authentic offers true-to-life saturation.

Vibrant - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2155s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Authentic - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2193s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Vibrant - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1776s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Authentic - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1795s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Vibrant • Authentic • Vibrant • Authentic

So, the default photos we took with the main camera are excellent – they offer plenty of resolved detail, likable sharpness and a good overall look due to the often gentler (than the competition) processing. The colors are vibrant as promised, the contrast is high, while the dynamic range is good, but not extremely high.

There is no noise across the photos, and despite the 23mm lens, the extreme corners still look great.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra offered more balanced processing and a more natural look, though, so if you’ve expected class-leading photos with the Fold’s camera, you won’t find it here. Not that these are bad, on the contrary, they are just up to par, but not the best we’ve seen like the Ultra’s were.

Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1267s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2841s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3937s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3509s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1475s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3937s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2674s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/2155s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3058s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3650s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/5263s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1742s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera, 12.5MP

There is a dedicated 50MP mode, but unfortunately, it provides simple upscales of the default 12.5MP output, and we can’t think of anyone who’d need those.

Main camera, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3425s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3597s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/3623s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/5181s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera, 50MP

Oddly, if you use a tripod, you will get that AI smart upscale we have hoped for, and the 50MP photos will turn our incredibly detailed, sharp and colorful.

Main camera with a tripod, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 64, 1/100s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera with a tripod, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 134, 1/100s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera with a tripod, 50MP - f/1.8, ISO 1021, 1/25s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera with a tripod, 50MP

The 13MP ultrawide photos turned out very good – there is a lot of resolved detail and higher per-pixel sharpness than what we’ve experienced on many high-end smartphones. The noise has been cleaned proficiently, the contrast is high, the dynamic is nicely realistic, and the colors are vibrant, as promised by the color rendition.

The automatic corner correction works very well and does a great job at correcting the distortion at the price of small sharpness loss and noise introduction.

Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/821s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/667s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/650s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/1117s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/1477s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/1637s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/1199s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

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Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/867s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera, 13MP

The ultrawide camera supports autofocus, but unlike many AF-capable others, this one cannot focus from that close. The minimum focus distance is about 20-30cm, so macro-like photos are highly unlikely. You’d be better off using the primary camera and crop for the purpose of closeups.

Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/311s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/1.8, ISO 117, 1/100s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/197s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera, 13MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/113s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera, 13MP

The telephoto camera saves impressive 8MP photos. There is an abundance of detail, the noise is impressively low, while the sharpening is gentler, leading to this more natural and balanced look, the best from all four cameras on this Fold.

The contrast is high, the dynamic range is more than enough yet not overboard, and the colors – punchy and lively, of course. If you don’t like this slightly popping look, you should opt for Leica Authentic color rendition.

Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/877s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 95, 1/2000s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/578s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/1706s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/1366s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/541s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/1919s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Telephoto camera, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/344s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Telephoto camera, 8MP

Portrait mode on the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has a default – generic, so to speak – state, plus a trio of ‘Pro lenses’ – Black and white 35mm, Swirly bokeh 50mm, and Soft focus 90mm.

The default mode shoots with the telephoto camera and saves great 8MP portraits – the rendition is really good, the separation is more than satisfying, and the blur looks quite nice. The colors are great, contrast, too. The resolved detail could have been a bit better, but even as is – the portraits are great for sharing with the world.

Portraits default 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 95, 1/50s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits default 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 312, 1/50s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits default 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/464s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits default 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/386s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Portraits default 50mm, 8MP

The Swirly bokeh mode offers the same quality, but the bokeh looks different – it’s, well, swirly, and it’s best used with highlights in your background – you can notice the light swirls here and there.

Portraits swirly bokeh 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 93, 1/50s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits swirly bokeh 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 318, 1/50s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits swirly bokeh 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/473s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits swirly bokeh 50mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/356s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Portraits swirly bokeh 50mm, 8MP

There is also this Soft focus mode, which applies 2x digital zoom over the tele camera. We didn’t like the photos, but soft they are, indeed.

Portraits soft focus 90mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 348, 1/50s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits soft focus 90mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/9346s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits soft focus 90mm, 8MP - f/2.6, ISO 50, 1/306s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Portraits soft focus 90mm, 8MP

Finally, the Black and White mode uses the main camera and does a bit of crop-and-upscale in order to simulate the promised 35mm portrait mode. Because of the digital zoom, the subjects aren’t as sharp as expected, but the monochrome portraits are spectacular and worthy if you are into this dramatic look.

Portraits B&W 35mm, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/164s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits B&W 35mm, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 228, 1/82s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits B&W 35mm, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1227s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portraits B&W 35mm, 12.5MP - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/624s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Portraits B&W 35mm, 12.5MP

The 20MP selfie camera uses a Quad-Bayer filter, but in a typical Xiaomi fashion, the camera app saves their 20MP upscales instead of the default 5MP output.

The selfies are solid – the colors and contrast are superb, the noise is handled well, and the colors are excellent. They are surely not the sharpest around due to the upscale, but they look excellent on both the phone’s screen and when shared and downscaled over at the social networks – and that’s plenty enough.

Selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 102, 1/120s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 369, 1/120s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
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Selfies, 20MP

You can do regular portrait selfies, and they are satisfying – the subjects are as sharp, or as not sharp, as on the regular selfies, the separation is good enough. The blur looks convincing.

Portrait selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 122, 1/120s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portrait selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 374, 1/120s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portrait selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 356, 1/40s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Portrait selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 387, 1/30s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portrait selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/157s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Portrait selfies, 20MP - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/186s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Portrait selfies, 20MP

But if you really want some good selfies, then you can use the rear cameras as selfie one, thanks to the cover screen. Just open the Mix Fold 2 and tap on the arrow button to change the cameras.

As expected, the rear cameras offer outstanding selfie quality – the images are sharp and detailed, with excellent contrast and wonderful color rendition.

Primary camera - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/121s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
primary camera - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1802s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
ultrawide camera - f/2.4, ISO 100, 1/112s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
ultrawide camera - f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/402s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Primary camera • primary camera • ultrawide camera • ultrawide camera

Selfie portraits with the rear cameras are possible, too, and they are as good as the regular snaps with impressively accurate subject separation. Once again, we strongly recommend using the cameras on the back for selfie purposes.

Primary cam - f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/1698s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Primary B&W - f/1.8, ISO 248, 1/100s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telecamera swirly bokeh - f/2.6, ISO 220, 1/50s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Primary cam • Primary B&W • Telecamera swirly bokeh

Low-light photo quality

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 has auto Night mode processing in Photo mode, so it will apply whatever secret sauce it has as it sees fit. Usually, it uses 1s exposure for the main camera, none or 2s for the ultrawide camera, and we did not see it fire for the telephoto eye, but we will talk about that in a bit.

So, it used 1s exposure for almost all of our samples from the main camera and did not fire for the fifth one with the green bush. The photos are good – they are well exposed with this somewhat brighter than reality look, offer excellent dynamic range and good color saturation. The noise is low, while the overall detail that was left after the processing was done is satisfying even if not the best we’ve seen.

Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 4231, 1/9s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 3788, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 5729, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 4009, 1/10s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 2690, 1/20s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 4869, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 7257, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 4078, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 1920, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera Auto NM

The forced Night Mode yields the same photos – you have no control over the exposure time, and usually, it’s a match to the Auto Night Mode. The only difference was the first scene, where the ANM chose 1s exposure while the NM opted for 2s.

Main camera forced NM - f/1.8, ISO 3964, 1/8s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera forced NM - f/1.8, ISO 3732, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera forced NM - f/1.8, ISO 5481, 1/6s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera forced NM - f/1.8, ISO 3892, 1/10s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera forced NM

If you are looking for a more realistic exposure and colors, you can turn the night mode off. This will result in gentler noise reduction, less HDR and more blown highlights, but the photos look more natural, not two ways about it.

Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 4942, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 7134, 1/13s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 9000, 1/13s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 3011, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 1412, 1/25s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 9000, 1/13s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 9000, 1/13s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 8270, 1/13s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Main camera NM off - f/1.8, ISO 1465, 1/25s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Main camera NM off

The ultrawide camera behavior at night is similar to the primary one – the auto Night Mode usually chooses 2s exposure time. The photos are clean of noise, with good exposure. There is enough resolved detail for such type of camera, lens and conditions, contrast is great, the dynamic range is good, and so is the color rendition.

Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 5597, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 5275, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 3436, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera Auto NM - f/2.4, ISO 3700, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera Auto NM

Forcing Night Mode on the ultrawide camera often leads to an extra 1s of exposure time and slightly brighter photos. Other than the exposure boost, their quality is the same as the ones from the Auto mode.

Ultrawide camera forced NM - f/2.4, ISO 5597, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera forced NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera forced NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera forced NM - f/2.4, ISO 6400, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera forced NM

You can turn the Night Mode off, but we would advise against that. The photos we took without Night Mode are rather noisy and underexposed, with low dynamic range, and desaturated colors.

Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 4207, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 4045, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 4259, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 2752, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 2375, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 4476, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 4558, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 4190, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Ultrawide camera no NM - f/2.4, ISO 2613, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Ultrawide camera no NM

The Auto Night Mode almost always uses digital zoom from the main came when shooting in 2x zoom mode. It does look great on the phone’s screen, but zooming in 100% reveals low detail and an unpleasantly soft photo. The only exception was the last scene – it was shot with the tele camera and turned out pretty good, actually, with enough detail, great exposure, dynamic and colors.

2x zoom Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 4799, 1/14s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
2x zoom Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 4009, 1/10s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
2x zoom Auto NM - f/1.8, ISO 3562, 1/10s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
2x zoom Auto NM - f/2.6, ISO 1227, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

2x zoom Auto NM

On the other hand, the forced Night Mode always uses the telephoto camera. And while the detail is rather average, everything else is superb – the photos are bright, the noise is low, the dynamic is excellent, and so are the colors.

Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 5352, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 4065, 1/5s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 3615, 1/4s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 4787, 1/4s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 2228, 1/10s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 3528, 1/5s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 5670, 1/7s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 6593, 1/5s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
Telephoto camera forced NM - f/2.6, ISO 2397, 1/11s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

Telephoto camera forced NM

When you turn off the Night Mode, the situation is the same as with the Auto Night Mode – it used the dedicated zoom camera only for that last scene; everything else is cropped and upscaled from the main camera and doesn’t look that good in 100% zoom.

The only photo the app chose to shoot with tele camera (the last) is good with enough resolved detail, good colors and contrast, and likable exposure. The noise doesn’t get in the way.

2x zoom NM off - f/1.8, ISO 1790, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
2x zoom NM off - f/1.8, ISO 4411, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
2x zoom NM off - f/1.8, ISO 4571, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review
2x zoom NM off - f/2.6, ISO 1313, 1/17s - Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

2x zoom NM off

And here are photos of our usual posters taken with the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2. You can see how it stacks up against the competition. Feel free to browse around and pit it against other phones from our extensive database.

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Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 against the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Huawei Mate Xs 2 in our Photo compare tool

Video recording

The main camera on the Mix Fold 2 supports 8K@24fps and up to 4K@60fps video capturing. The ultrawide camera supports 4K@30fps and up to 1080p@60fps. The zoom camera supports up to 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps. Finally, the selfie camera supports 1080p@30fps.

There is an always-on electronic stabilization working across all shooting modes on all cameras.

The EIS works with the optical stabilization on the main camera, but the implementation is not great – there is visible focus hunting, and the video appears wobbly or jittery because of the EIS fighting with the OIS.

The audio in all of the videos is captured at 96Kbps, stereo, but despite the low bitrate (this is what the file reports), the sound seems deep and rich.

The 8K videos are shot at 24fps, offer 133Mbps video bitrate, and there is a six-minute limit for capturing. Those seem to be upscaled from the 4K footage – the detail is poor, the foliage – is smeared, and we can even notice various small artifacts from the upscaling. And while the colors and contrast are good, over the top even, we cannot think of any use for this upscaled video. Especially when 30sec of footage eats up 500MB of storage.

The 4K videos shot on the primary camera are good but far from the best we’ve seen. The resolved detail is mediocre, and the foliage is especially lacking. The noise is tolerable, the colors are great, and so is the contrast. The dynamic range is about average.

The aggressive and always-on electronic stabilization is partially to blame for the subpar video quality.

The ultrawide camera offers good 4K videos – the resolved detail is satisfactory for a UW camera, the noise is low, the dynamic range is outstanding, and the colors are good even if slightly desaturated.

The 4K videos from the tele camera are alright. They offer great contrast and superb colors, the dynamic range is adequate, the noise is low enough. The detail is okay, though we can clearly see it’s lacking in the foliage.

The lowlight videos from the main camera offer good exposure and color saturation but are lacking in detail and overrun by noise.

The main camera also supports Night Mode video, which is shot at 1080p@30fps. It is clean of noise, with a brighter look and excellent color saturation.

Finally, here is the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 in our video tool so you can make your own comparisons.

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2160p: Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 against the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Huawei Mate Xs 2 in our Video compare tool

The competition

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is a solid foldable smartphone that will go down in history for its impressively thin design and Leica collaboration. It has two outstanding displays, top-notch performance, great battery life and its camera seems flagship worthy with that Leica lenses and supposedly great processing.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

It sure isn’t perfect – there is no waterproofing, the fold-related features are somewhat lacking, and the video recording is underwhelming.

Yet, the Mix Fold 2 is one of the most interesting foldables and has everything to stand out next to the competition.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

And speaking about the competition – it is definitely not a huge crowd as there aren’t many foldable offers on the market yet. The Mix Fold 2 is available starting at CNY 9,000 (about €1300) in China, which seems in line with the current flagship prices.

Of course, the first competitor that comes to mind is the Galaxy Z Fold4, which is a bit more expensive in China at about CNY 10,000 (about €1400). While its retail box might be rather lightweight, it does beat the Mix Fold 2 with water protection, better video capturing, and most importantly – superior foldable implementation on both hardware and software level. The Galaxy Z Fold4 is the ultimate foldable smartphone right now, and we do recommend it over the Fold 2 despite its thicker body.

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 is probably the most expensive foldable device at about CNY 14,000 (€2000). While it doesn’t boast waterproofing, its foldable display that wraps around the outside is truly innovative and probably the most futuristic feature we’ve seen in many years. The Snapdragon 888 4G chipset is no longer the fastest platform, there are no Google services, and the battery life on this Xs 2 turned out rather poor. And yet, The Mate Xs 2 is worthy of its large-screen experience and unique form factor.

The Oppo Find N is the most compact foldable device of this class with a 5.49-inch cover OLED and a 7.1-inch inner OLED screen. It costs about CNY 10,000 (€1,400) in China, and it impressed us with its screens, camera quality, battery life.

Finally, the vivo X Fold is the one people should buy if they want a foldable cameraphone. Vivo has been launching incredible cameraphones lately (the X series), and the X Fold is a continuation but with a different form factor. It has a similar cover and inner display as Xiaomi’s, but its quad-camera with Zeiss optics is much more promising – there is a 50MP OIS primary, a 12MP 2x tele, an 8MP 5x OIS tele, and a 48MP ultrawide cameras. The Fold is 6.3mm thin when open, and in addition to the fast wired, there is also fast wireless charging. The X Fold costs CNY 9,000 – the same as the Mix Fold 2 and we recommend it over the Mix for its all-round camera experience.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Oppo Find N
vivo X Fold

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 • Huawei Mate Xs 2 • Oppo Find N • vivo X Fold

Our verdict

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is a massive upgrade over the first Mix Fold, and the fans loyal to the brand have many reasons to upgrade – larger HRR screens, faster hardware, better cameras, improved design.

And being so much better than the first Mix Fold makes this sequel attractive to newcomers and those who didn’t want to be the first adopters. It offers a full-fledged cover screen and an impressive foldable one – both with 120Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision support. The chipset is the most current, while the Leica-powered cameras offer enough versatility.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

We also liked the speaker experience, the fast charging, and the good battery life. And let’s not forget that incredibly thin design and premium feel. The Mix Fold 2 is a remarkable handset.

It’s not perfect, though. Its biggest issue is the cooling solution, which just cannot handle the GPU in peak performance. The phone kills all processes, and you need to wait out the cooldown period.

The one that’s not exactly obvious at first is the foldable design itself – there is no semi-folded state, and hence plenty of cool tricks are not available on the Mix Fold 2. Worse, the phone runs on a regular Android 12 instead of the L version, meaning the Mix Fold 2 cannot support the foldable-oriented functionality the Galaxies offer.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 review

And, finally, the video capturing experience was disappointing – both in quality and stabilization terms. Xiaomi usually offers close to excellent video recording experience on its flagship smartphones, and it’s beyond us what happened for this Mix Fold 2.

So, the Mix Fold 2 is a great foldable device and a good smartphone. We are sure it will find fans across China as it is a country where sometimes software means more than hardware, and MIUI has the upper hand. It is not the best foldable, that’s for sure, but it is the thinnest one. And our verdict is quite simple – if you like it, you buy it as it’s a worthy device. If its imperfections bother you – look elsewhere.

But if you don’t live in China, or nearby, we can’t in good conscience recommend gray importing it – not like we did the Ultra models. Foldables break a lot more often than regular phones. And if this Mix Fold 2 does crack, you will end up with one fancy paperweight with nowhere to service it.

Pros

  • Outstanding design.
  • Class-leading Dolby Vision OLED screens.
  • Reliable battery life, fast charging.
  • Good speakers, Dolby Atmos.
  • Excellent photo quality across all cameras.
  • Rich retail bundle with a 67W charger, a premium case and a 3.5mm dongle.
  • 5G, dual-SIM, IR blaster, NFC.

Cons

  • China-exclusive with Chinese bloatware.
  • No waterproofing.
  • Cannot be operated in semi-folded state.
  • No Android 12L, which limits the foldable features.
  • GPU overheats under pressure.
  • Underwhelming video quality and stabilization.
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