We don’t yet have a Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 release date, but following the Chinese tech giant’s event covering the company founder Lei Jun’s childhood and tech obsession, we got lots of new details. As we’re interested in the best foldable phones, Xiaomi’s next offering is very exciting indeed.
So, the Xiaomi Mixfold 3 – which turned up after a mammoth 74-minute speech – has some exciting new features. But the most exciting thing is its design. After a total of 91 minutes, we got our first look at the device, and its new design is as striking as you’d expect.
The phone is 10.96mm when folded, 5.26mm unfolded. For comparison, an iPhone 14 is around 7.8mm. On the back, there’s a leather-style surface and four cameras with the Leica collaboration we’ve seen on numerous Xiaomi phones over the years.
Xiaomi also has a new proprietary hinge system, which the company says is sturdier than previous hinges in its range. In order to make it more durable, the company uses special super-strong steel, carbon ceramic steel, and various other improvements. Of course, we don’t know how good it is until we get our hands on it – though Xiaomi promises it’s durable up to 500,000 folds.
Xiaomi also praised the strength of the hinge to hold the phone at different angles, as well as the new layer on the inner display to reduce the depth of the crease. The displays are both 120Hz OLED panels with Gorilla Glass Victus 2, alongside stereo speakers at either end.
The company also promises lots of UI features to help new apps function on both small and large screens. This includes a system that can adapt standard phone apps to a large size – though the only example we saw was from Chinese banking applications, so we’re not sure how this will translate globally.
Xiaomi promises that the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 runs at a lower temperature versus iPhone when running things like TikTok and videogames. Inside is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, keeping everything up to date, plus two batteries for 4800mAh. Xiaomi gave another iPhone comparison, promising better battery life while playing back video versus iPhone. There’s 67W charging too, with 10 minutes for 36% battery and 40 minutes for a full charge.
The biggest aspect from the Xiaomi event is the new camera system. The Mix Fold 3 has four lenses made in collaboration with Leica, and while the sample photos look very good, we’re going to wait until we can test it for ourselves before we make any judgment. There are also two 20MP hole-punch cameras, one on each screen, for selfies of video calls.
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 starts at 8,999 Chinese Yuan, which is a little over $1,200 and a little under £1,000. We don’t yet know the phone’s global release date.