When the appearance of the mobile phone was unified to a straight screen, everyone’s expectations for the appearance of the new phone dropped a lot. It was not until the appearance of the product in the form of a folding screen that people once again saw the blooming form similar to the Nokia era.
But a few years ago, this form of product was too expensive because of the screen problem, and the problems of crease and system adaptation were not well solved, so it was difficult to fly into the homes of ordinary people.
The development of the mobile phone industry is advancing by leaps and bounds, especially for domestic mobile phone manufacturers, when a new form is likely to become the next explosion point, they will try their best to make this form perfect.
Xiaomi’s previous-generation folding screen flagship was released in May last year. After a year and three months, we finally ushered in the second-generation product MIX Fold 2. This time, Xiaomi also said that this is the The last mile before the folding screen enters the practical era.
The model we received is the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 12GB+1T version, so all the content below is based on the situation of this version. The specific configuration parameters of the machine are as follows:
The Xiaomi Mi 12S series has launched a new generation of Snapdragon 8+ processor in the world, so naturally, subsequent flagship phones will also be equipped with this processor. The new Snapdragon 8+ does have obvious performance and power consumption. Many mobile phone company executives have said that the name Snapdragon 8+ is too euphemistic, and it should be understood that it is more suitable for a major replacement.
In fact, I personally think it should be understood this way. The previous generation of Snapdragon 8Gen1 is not a complete form, and this time the Snapdragon 8+ is a complete body, which is much more suitable. Otherwise, if the Snapdragon 8+ is a major replacement, you should let What should I do with the Snapdragon 8Gen2 after 3 months?
The 12GB+1T version of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 has a running score of 1089291 points, a CPU score of 253389, and a GPU score of 464270; in the storage test, the random read speed is 2024.4MB/s, and the random write speed is 1456.3MB /s, the total score is 72424 points; the AI running score is 3153788 points.
For such a large-capacity mobile phone with a Snapdragon 8+ processor, it is a little unsatisfactory that the running score is less than 110W. After all, the products with the same processor are basically 110W, but this is not the case. It does not mean that there is a difference in experience if there is a difference of 2W points. On the contrary, because of the screen shape that can be switched at will, the MIX Fold 2 can handle many tasks that other mobile phones cannot handle.
In terms of the outer packaging box, because it is still a media machine for testing, it is still in the form of a big gift bag. The whole gift box is divided into two layers, the upper layer is the mobile phone, the lower layer is the matching mobile phone case and a Xiaomi portable this year, which is very popular. Drink Cup.
The mobile phone box on the upper layer is double-packed. After the outer carton is pulled out, the inner packaging is opened in a state of blooming flowers, which gives a very full sense of ceremony.
The inside of the mobile phone box is also equipped with data cables, charging heads, etc., and each accessory is neatly placed in the lower part of the mobile phone in a separate box. The whole package is very complete. It can be said to be the gospel of obsessive-compulsive disorder. You can also feel a lot of happiness.
The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 has two screens. The external screen adopts a standard 21:9 ratio this time. Screen parameters: External screen: 6.56-inch slightly curved screen, Samsung E5 material AMOLED, 2520×1080 resolution, P3 color gamut, supports Duo Ratio Vision, HDR10+, 8 million:1 contrast ratio, 10bit color depth, support for front and rear ambient light sensors, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Internal screen: 8.02-inch Eco²OLED large screen, second-generation LTPO, Pol-less technology, 2016×1914 resolution, P3 color gamut, 8 million:1 contrast ratio, support for front and rear ambient light sensors, UTG glass, Dolby Vision, HDR10+.
The quality of the two screens is very good, but the phone does not use the fingerprint on the screen, but the fingerprint on the side. Seeing this, some people may think that this configuration is not the flagship, but it is not. After using it, For the folding screen, the side fingerprint is more in line with the usage habits.
In terms of lens configuration, Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is equipped with three lenses, which are:
50 million pixel IMX766 main camera, 1/1.56 outsole, 2.0um four-in-one fusion large pixel, F1.8, support SMA OIS optical image stabilization, 7P lens
13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, F2.4, FOV123°, 5P lens, equivalent 15mm focal length
8 million pixel 2X portrait telephoto lens, F2.6, equivalent 45mm focal length
Seeing the configuration of the camera, it is estimated that the users who complained about the lack of fingerprints on the screen just now will complain again. IMX766 is not the main camera that the flagship machine should have. In fact, I also felt the same when I saw the configuration of the camera, but Looking at the Leica logo on the lens, I think it should still be guaranteed. This point will be answered when we talk about the camera in detail below.
Although the folding form of MIX Fold 2 has not changed this time, it has a new idea in the design of the entire mobile phone. We understand that the folding screen that we usually see is equivalent to the merger of two mobile phones, which leads to The result is that the thickness and weight of the whole machine also reach the appearance of two ordinary mobile phones together. Xiaomi’s idea is to “merge these two mobile phones into a real mobile phone” as much as possible.
Xiaomi’s method is to reduce the weight and size of each mobile phone. The thickness of the MIX Fold 2 after opening is only 5.4mm, which is a thinness that no mobile phone can achieve today. The thinner the phone, the younger it will naturally be. , the weight of the MIX Fold 2 is 262g, and the weight of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is 238g. Although there is still a gap, it has almost caught up.
In addition to the appearance of the folding screen being different from that of common straight-screen mobile phones, the other biggest difference is the system. Because of the change in shape, the system of the folding screen is bound to be different from the traditional straight-screen mobile phone. The MIX Fold 2 How about the big screen operating system this time?
In addition to the hinge and internal structure, in order to give full play to the advantages of the large screen, the software optimization of the folding screen is also very important. First of all, in the setting interface, we can see that there is a special area for folding screens. In the special area, MIUI is directly used for folding screens. The adaptations are put together, allowing users who use folding screen phones for the first time to quickly understand the features of the phone, and flexibly adjust the settings according to their needs.
Among them, the free window adopts pure gesture operation, and detailed usage tutorials for each usage scenario are also provided in the special area, which greatly reduces the time cost of learning.
For the folding screen, how to use the expanded large screen is the key point. In addition to watching TV and swiping videos, software adaptation is also very important. At this stage, most of the unadapted APPs are generally in violent stretching when displayed on the internal screen. The status of the browser is not as good as that of ordinary direct-screen mobile phones.
In order to solve this problem, MIUI Fold directly gives the user the right to adjust the display layout of the application in the folding screen area, so that the user can flexibly adjust the display ratio of the application, and the same is true for game adaptation, which further improves the flexibility of using large screens. .
If the folding screen only changes in shape and the system does not change, it will become an empty “appearance” just like when Yang Guo followed the Hong Qigong School to play the dog stick and only learned the moves but not the mental method. , Only the system has also become the exclusive of the folding screen, so that the entire mobile phone can achieve a state that is stronger than the two.
Folding screen, large size, and the familiar Snapdragon 8+Gen1, Xiaomi also relied on the size of this phone to stuff it into a 2520mm² large-area VC uniform temperature plate + 3715mm² boron nitride heat dissipation film + 9249mm² high-density graphite sheet The result is that the machine has a very good performance in any game, and more importantly, its large-screen game visual effects are really not comparable to ordinary mobile phones.
In the actual game experience, “Peace Elite” has a 30-minute game time, and the game quality selection does not support the 90-frame mode, so the choice is 4K ultra-clear + extreme, the power consumption of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is 9%, and the temperature is measured. In terms of this time, I really don’t care, because it is not the most power-consuming 90-frame mode, and it is still a large size of 8.02 inches, so when dealing with games like “Peace Elite”, the temperature increase is completely negligible, and the power consumption is 9 % is also very well controlled for a large-sized device.
In another mobile phone performance “professional test” game “Genshin Impact”, the same 30 minutes of game time, the game picture quality is all turned on to the highest and 60 frames, the power consumption of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is 13%, and the maximum temperature of the front screen of the mobile phone is 42.7°, and the maximum temperature of the rear case is 41.6°.
The performance of “Genshin Impact” is completely expected for the MIX Fold 2. First of all, its large screen and large size are more conducive to heat dissipation, and Xiaomi also stuffed it into such a crazy heat dissipation. system, which makes the experience of “Yuan Shen” even better.
In addition, the joy of playing such an open big world game on an 8-inch large screen is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so there is no such thing as the best / most suitable size for the screen. The bigger the better.
5. Battery life and fast charging
The power consumption of the game has been given in the third item of this article, and you can use it as a reference (Note: “Peace Elite” will follow up at 90 frames, and the power consumption will be different from the 60 frames we tested), then Let’s test the power consumption of video.
After 1 hour of movie playback, the battery consumption of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 dropped from 60% to 51%, the power consumption was 9%, the video brightness was adjusted to the highest, Dolby sound was turned on, and the test was performed in external mode.
In this part of the local movie test, the MIX Fold 2 finally has the power consumption that its large-screen mobile phone should have. The power consumption of 9% is about twice as high as that of a conventional straight-screen mobile phone, but it can be seen with an 8-inch product. Movies are many times more enjoyable than watching movies with 6.X inches.
After 30 minutes of Douyin playback, the battery consumption of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is 5%, and the brightness is also adjusted to the highest. The power consumption here is completely normal.
In terms of charging, Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 uses 67W fast charging. The battery capacity of the machine is 4500mAh, which is not excellent for a flagship product with a positioning and folding screen. It is quite satisfactory, but it is rare that the MIX Fold 2 is in our test. It gives a very good performance in the low battery consumption environment, which is comparable to a conventional direct-screen flagship, so in terms of battery capacity and fast charging, the mentality is moderated appropriately.
After actual measurement, charging when the remaining power is 1%, can be charged to 26% in 10 minutes, 71% in 30 minutes, and it takes 47 minutes to fully charge. This speed is naturally not fast, and it can even be said to be a bit slow. After all, it is slower than the official 40 minutes. At present, Xiaomi’s 120W fast charge has appeared on the Redmi Note series models. For a folding For the flagship screen, 67W and 47 minutes are naturally insufficient, but when you think about the 262g weight of the whole machine and the thickness of 5.4mm on one side, everything seems to be reasonable.
After all, fish and bear’s paw, if they are the same, I believe more people will choose thin and light.
6. Take pictures
In terms of appearance, we briefly talked about the camera. The camera configuration of the MIX Fold 2 is really not enough in terms of parameters, and it may even feel that it is not worthy of the flagship positioning of the MIX Fold 2, but it does not matter, the flagship machine has not only It’s only hardware, but also software. MIX Fold 2 has the Leica logo on the camera module.
The day we shot the proofs was also cloudy. For other mobile phone framing, cloudy days are a disaster, but for Leica’s camera orientation, cloudy days are a natural color addition.
In the scenes of flowers, plants and trees, the proofs presented by the MIX Fold 2 are completely worthy of the Leica logo. Although the overall picture is dark, the texture of the dark parts is also preserved, just like the close-up of the dark parts given by natural lighting. The same, there is a unique texture, which is the German taste we often hear.
But Leica is not only the dark part and cloudy sky, the proof of the red fruit, the red performance is also very heavy, and then take a closer look at the just right tree blur behind the fruit, you really have to sigh with emotion when taking pictures with your mobile phone Amazing progress over the years.
The two sets of Leica Natural and Leica Classic filters are also retained on the MIX Fold 2, and the proofs perform equally well.
The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 has an 8-megapixel 2X portrait telephoto lens that supports up to 10x zoom. The proofs of different focal lengths are as follows:
1x, 2x, and 5x performance are the best, and 10x is the limit of the hardware bottleneck. You can see it, don’t expect higher.
MIX Fold 2 is still a surprise in terms of night scenes. Before talking about it, you can take a look at the proofs. If you don’t mention that this is the main camera of the IMX766, you will think that this lens, which is widely used in all price ranges in the market, can be shot. Such a night scene effect?
First of all, we will not mention the most important noise and brightness of the night scene. You can see the purity of this picture at a glance. It is as clean as if it has been washed. Then, the processing of complex light from far and near is also very good, and there is no light spot. And light and shadow, the bright place is bright, the dark place is dark, and even in this case, some fonts can be clearly seen, and there is no blur around the font. These are very commendable points.
Moreover, these proofs are not taken in the night scene mode, but are still in automatic mode. The camera recognizes the night scene, but the waiting time when taking pictures is much shorter than the shooting time after selecting the night scene, and the hand-held can also be stable.
I don’t know if there is a Leica blessing in it, anyway, it really doesn’t look like the night scene effect that the IMX766 can achieve, and the shooting is really good.
In fact, the previous generation of MIX Fold did not do very well. As Xiaomi’s first folding screen, it was labeled as MIX. The first answer sheet handed over by Xiaomi was not good-looking, which also made Xiaomi feel pained and silent for a while. More than a year later, the second generation of the MIX Fold was updated.
This generation of folding screens has distinct characteristics in one word. Its choice is very reasonable. There are no screen fingerprints, no top cameras, no large batteries of around 5000mAh and 120W fast charging, but correspondingly, MIX Fold 2 gives Your 5.4mm top-level thin, Leica image that is better than its flagship performance, and Genshin Impact only consume 13% of the power in 30 minutes.
Whenever you think that a certain configuration may not be enough flagship, Xiaomi will make you feel OK, OK, and so on with the experience that is actually better than the flagship.
So in fact, when I wrote this long article, I didn’t know what the price of the MIX Fold 2 would be, but I personally don’t think it would be very high, because its configuration is obviously to allow the folding screen to sink faster It can be adjusted so that more people can use it, so that the folding screen, a precious canary four years ago, can fly into thousands of households in the past two years.