Huawei may have outdone Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 in thinnest with its Mate X3 folding phone but it did take long for Xiaomi to outdo Huawei. Xiaomi has recently revealed its third flagship folding device Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 which is lighter and thinner than its predecessor weighing as light as 255g, depending on the material, and measuring just 5.26 mm thin when opened.
However, it is not the thinnest. That title remains Honor to keep with its Magic V2. The new Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 [CH] looks similar to the Fold 2 aesthetically but with a slightly different camera bump. It has adopted the integrated bump of the 13 Ultra on top of the camera module bump and on top of the protrusion of the four camera lenses (the former model has a 3-camera setup).
All four cameras are “co-engineered” with Leica. The four cameras include a 50 MP Sony IMX sensor main camera (f1.77, 23 mm equivalent focal length, OIS, PDAF), a 10 MP telephoto camera (f2.0, 75 mm equivalent focal length, PDAF, OIS), a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera (f2.92, 115 mm equivalent focal length, PDAF, OIS), and a 12 MP super wide-angle camera (f2.2, 15 mm equivalent focal length, 120° FoV).
The main cameras support up to 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 24/30/60 fps, and super slow-mo with resolution at 1080p at 120/240/480/960/1920 fps.
It has two hold punch cameras; one on each display. Both of which are 20 MP HD cameras capable of 720/30 fps and 1080p/30/60 fps videoing.
Speaking of displays… both displays are Samsung E6 displays that offer up to 2,600 nits of brightness and up to 120 Hz refresh rate. The external display is a 6.56” flexible AMOLED with 2,520 by 1,080 resolution in a 21:9 aspect ratio and boasts a 240 GHz touch sampling rate.
The device opens up to reveal an 8.03” 2K+ Pol-less Plus display with 2,160 by 1,916 resolution and 240 Hz touch sampling rate. The main display is an LTPO display, btw. Both displays tout an 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio and support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
The external display benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 with 50% improved drop resistance while the main display features an Ultra Thin Glass that is up to 2.25 times stronger (presumably when compared to the previous generation UTG).
Other highlights include Xiaomi’s self-developed “dragon spine” folding mechanism, Xiaomi “dragon scale” composite fiber back cover, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 “Pioneer version” (max processor clock speed: 3.36 GHz), LPDDR5X high-speed memory (8533 Mbps), UFS 4.0 high-speed storage, symmetrical stereo dual speakers, dual Xiaomi “Peng Pai” battery (total 4,800 mAh), three Xiaomi “Surge” battery management chips, and Xiaomi “Surge” 67 W wired flash charge, and Xiaomi “Surge” 50 W wireless charging.
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 is available to order in 12 GB + 256 GB, 16 GB + 512 GB, and 16 GB + 1 TB configurations, with a starting price of 8,999 yuan [CH] (which is about US$1,238 according to the current going rate). It is offered in black, gold, and the aforementioned “dragon scale” composite finishes.
Images: Xiaomi [CH].