Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: the closest thing to Samsung
Samsung is setting the pace in the foldable smartphone market, and other OEMs are following. The company unveiled its new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 at Unpacked 2022 earlier this week, and Xiaomi released its own book-shaped foldable phone soon after.
Xiaomi’s new foldable phone called Mix Fold 2 could be the Galaxy Z Fold’s first potential competitor yet. The hardware of the two flagships is roughly equivalent, more or less, and Xiaomi seems to have improved its durability with the addition of UTG. Let’s see how these two very different but similar foldable phones stack up against each other and whether Samsung is finally facing some serious competition in the foldable phone market.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: Internal hardware
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 and Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold 4 use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. They also have similar storage and memory options, including a 1TB variant with 12GB of RAM.
In the audio department, Samsung’s new foldable phone has 32-bit/384kHz sound tuned by AKG, while Huawei has 24-bit/192kHz sound tuned by Harman Kardon.
Additionally, the batteries in these phones are only separated by 100mAh, but Xiaomi is increasing charging speeds to 67W, while Samsung’s flagship retains 25W fast-charging capabilities. Again, the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 does not have wireless charging capabilities (and therefore does not have reverse wireless charging). That might help explain why it’s around 1mm thinner than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 when unfolded. Samsung’s foldable is a bit thicker but has a 15W wireless charging coil and supports reverse wireless charging.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: screens
Xiaomi’s new foldable phone has an 8-inch foldable display with 2160 x 1914 resolution, 120Hz and Schott UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) protection. The cover screen has a diagonal of 6.56 inches, a resolution of 2560 x 1080, 120 Hz and an aspect ratio of 21:9.
In much the same way, Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold 4 has a 7.6-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with UTG and a 2176 x 1812 resolution, as well as an AMOLED 120 cover display Hz which has a diagonal of 6.2 inches and a resolution of 2316 x 904 pixels.
Overall, the display setup on both phones looks very similar, but that’s where the hinge design comes in. Samsung’s hinge only creates a single foldable display fold, while that Xiaomi’s hinge creates several. Xiaomi’s bendable display folds are arguably more uncomfortable to the touch and likely to pick up light reflections from more angles.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: Cameras
Another area where Xiaomi seems to want to challenge Samsung is the camera system. Xiaomi’s new foldable has a 50MP main, 13MP ultra-wide and 8MP telephoto rear camera, and a 20MP selfie camera built into the cover display.
Samsung, on the other hand, uses more advanced technologies, including an under-display sensor behind the foldable display and a selfie camera for the cover display. Xiaomi’s phone does not have a selfie camera for the foldable panel.
Samsung used more (and more diverse) cameras for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 than Xiaomi used for its Mix Fold 2. The megapixel count is similar across brands, with Xiaomi taking the lead in some cases , and Samsung in others. . But when it comes to the overall mobile photography experience, Samsung’s Flex mode still has no competition, and the Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers a more comprehensive imaging package.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Xiaomi Mix Fold 2: Price is where the real competition begins
Although the internal hardware is almost identical and the camera specs are comparable on these two foldable phones, Xiaomi has the price advantage, with one caveat: the Mix Fold 2 is not available. outside of China, and in China, it can probably reach its price through subsidies.
Xiaomi’s new foldable phone is set to launch in China for the equivalent of around $1,300, while the Chinese Galaxy Z Fold 4 costs over $2,000 (via The edge). Given this price difference, we can see why the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 might be a more attractive choice for many foldable phone enthusiasts in China.
However, this price advantage may disappear as the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 crosses the border into other markets outside of China. Assuming he will one day do so through official channels. Either way, Samsung’s foldable premium device could use a bit of a price cut. If the Mix Fold 2 undermines the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in the global market, it could be Samsung’s first real rival in the foldable phone segment.
Although the Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers a more complete and refined user experience out of the box (with better software, multitasking, cameras, wireless charging, build quality and hinge quality to name a few -a few), there’s no denying the appeal of a lower price tag. Samsung’s new foldable phone seems immune to the Xiaomi Mix Fold lineup, for now, but that might have more to do with limited availability than an unbridgeable tech gap.
Ultimately, more competition is good for us customers, and perhaps Xiaomi’s strategy will force Samsung to step up its game and hopefully lower the entry price of its Galaxy Fold line without sacrifice user experience.
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