Xiaomi, a leading innovator in the tech industry, has once again pushed the boundaries of smartphone design and performance with its latest offering – the Xiaomi MIX Fold 3. The much-anticipated launch took place at the grand stage of the China National Convention Center during the annual Lei Jun Speech event. This remarkable foldable flagship smartphone is a testament to Xiaomi’s commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology and exceptional user experiences.
Slim, Light, and Durable: Xiaomi’s Innovative Hinge Redefines Reliability
Xiaomi has truly outdone itself with the MIX Fold 3’s slim and lightweight design. Weighing in at just 255g and measuring a mere 10.86mm thick when folded, the device boasts an astonishing thinness of 5.26mm when unfolded. This remarkable feat is largely attributed to Xiaomi’s proprietary hinge, which has undergone a remarkable transformation compared to the previous generation. This newer hinge is 8.6% slimmer when folded and 12.5% slimmer when unfolded, resulting in an overall sleeker profile.
But it’s not just about aesthetics. This innovative hinge design incorporates a 3-element connecting rod structure with up to 14 micro-hinges, ensuring the display’s curvature is perfectly maintained. The hinge’s main structure is crafted from ultra-high-strength steel, boasting a yield strength of up to 1800MPa. This structural prowess, combined with the ultra-durable carbon ceramic steel rotating mechanism, bolsters the hinge’s reliability.
The display itself is fortified for durability. The inner display employs UTG (Ultra Thin Glass), a material 2.25 times stronger than traditional colorless polyimide (CPI). The outer display features Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® 2, offering a 50% improvement in drop resistance compared to the previous generation.
Photography Excellence in a Slim Frame: Leica Optics Elevate Imaging
In addition to its sleek profile, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 is equipped with a quad-camera system developed in partnership with Leica. This system, housed within the slim body, spans focal lengths from 15mm ultra-wide to 115mm periscope, enabling a full focus range of 0.6x to 5x. This range sets new benchmarks in photography for foldable devices.
The 23mm main camera employs an ultra-low color dispersion glass lens, ensuring precise and clear images with impeccable color accuracy. The periscope lens at 115mm allows for super-macro shooting, even in confined spaces. The camera system emphasizes natural color science and classic tones, delivering images that possess depth and texture akin to Leica’s photographic style.
Battery Anxiety Bows to Innovation: Xiaomi Surge Battery Shines
Addressing battery life challenges common to foldable smartphones, Xiaomi has introduced a dual Xiaomi Surge battery structure to the MIX Fold 3. This innovation, coupled with new silicon-carbon negative electrode technology and multiple optimizations, results in a 10% capacity increase within the same form factor. The total battery capacity reaches an impressive 4,800mAh.
The Xiaomi Surge battery management system, featuring the Xiaomi G1 Surge battery management chipset, ensures efficient battery usage. Wired turbo charging at 67W and wireless turbo charging at 50W, a rarity in slim foldable smartphones, further accentuate the device’s capability. The result is a foldable smartphone that offers a reassuring battery life of up to 1.34 days.
Xiaomi MIX Fold 3: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Driving the Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Leading Version chipset, promising improved performance and capabilities. A meticulously designed cooling system, featuring an ultra-thin stainless-steel VC, ensures optimal performance even under heavy loads. MIUI Fold, the tailored operating system, facilitates seamless interaction with the expansive display.
Pricing and Availability
The Xiaomi MIX Fold 3 comes in three colors: Gold, Black, and the unique Xiaomi composite fiber variant. The pricing structure varies based on storage options:
- 12GB+256GB: Starting at RMB 8,999
- 16GB+512GB: Starting at RMB 9,999
- 16GB+1TB: Starting at RMB 10,999
The Xiaomi MIX Fold 3’s launch also brings forth the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, available for purchase from RMB 399 through official channels.
Xiaomi MIX Fold 3: Quick Specifications
|Variant||Xiaomi Composite Fiber / Glass|
|Thickness (Folded/Unfolded)||10.86mm / 5.26mm|
|Weight||255g (Composite Fiber) / 259g (Glass)|
|Color||Black (Both Variants)|
|Back Cover (Composite Fiber)||5-layer Composite Fiber|
|Outer Display||6.56″ AMOLED, 2,520×1,080, 120Hz|
|Inner Display||8.025″ Eco² OLED Plus™, 2,160×1,916, 120Hz LTPO|
|Camera System||Quad Camera with Leica Optical Lens|
|Main Camera||50MP Wide|
|Ultra-wide Camera||12MP Ultra-wide|
|Telephoto Camera||10MP Telephoto|
|Periscope Camera||10MP Periscope|
|Front Camera||20MP Front|
|Processor||Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Leading Version|
|Storage||LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0|
|Battery & Charging|
|Wired Turbo Charging||67W|
|Wireless Turbo Charging||50W|
|Speaker System||Dual Speakers with Dolby Atmos®|
|OS||MIUI Fold 14 based on Android 13|