August 10 (tomorrow at the time of this writing) is a big date on this year’s tech calendar, as Samsung is holding an event where it is expected to reveal the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and the Galaxy lineup. Watch 5 . But just a day later, it’s set to have a folding competition.
This is because, as noted by Playful Droid (opens in new tab)Xiaomi went on to weibo (opens in new tab) – a Chinese social network – to reveal that it is unveiling the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2, just a day later on August 11.
This is the company’s folding successor to the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold, and assuming it has a similar design it will be a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
We don’t know anything about the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 for sure, but according to leaks, it may have a 120Hz refresh rate on both the indoor and outdoor display, with the external display having a resolution of 1080 x 2520.
The leaks also point to a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, 12GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, 67W charging, and a triple-lens rear camera, with a 50MP primary sensor, 2x optical zoom telephoto camera. and 13 MP camera, which we assume has an ultrawide lens.
So the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 sounds spec high enough to rival the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. However, we don’t expect it to be as widely available. It almost certainly won’t land in the US, and there’s a chance it won’t even land outside of China. As such, it can only provide Samsung with competition in very select regions.
Analysis: Another collapsible competitor is also coming
Xiaomi isn’t the only company announcing a foldable phone shortly after Samsung, as Motorola is doing the same, with the Motorola Razr 2022 being pushed back from an August 2nd announcement to August 11th.
We’re not sure what caused the delay, but that means we’re likely to see at least four foldable phones revealed in the space of two days.
The launch of the Razr 2022 is also initially only for China, but as previous models have sold more widely, we think the Motorola Razr 2022 will be too, so there could be a lot of new choices among the best folding phones soon.