For those who’re disenchanted by Samsung’s comparatively sluggish progress on foldables, say hi there to the Xiaomi Combine Fold 2, which appears to be like considerably extra superior than what we noticed on this week’s announcement from Samsung. However it’s for China solely, in fact. Sorry.

The Combine Fold 2 carefully follows the structure of the Galaxy Z Fold 4—it’s a book-style foldable that has a phone-like entrance display and a tablet-like versatile inside display. The kicker is that the machine is 40 p.c thinner when folded up. We’re normally not on board with the smartphone thinness craze, however the thickness of foldables is a main concern. The 16-mm-thick Galaxy Z Fold actually fills out your pocket in comparison with a regular smartphone, so Xiaomi is making progress right here.

The Combine Fold 2 is simply 11.2 mm thick when folded up, with every half measuring solely 5.4 mm. Xiaomi’s cellphone is dramatically thinner than Samsung’s, and Xiaomi additionally manages to slot in a barely bigger 4500 mAh battery (Samsung’s is 4400 mAh). The trick right here—except for Samsung not altering the Fold’s thickness or battery capability for 4 years now—is that the Xiaomi foldable is a bit bigger than Samsung’s. When folded up, the Z Fold 4 is 155.1 mm x 67.1 mm x 15.8 mm, whereas Xiaomi’s machine is at 161.6 mm x 73.9 mm x 11.2 mm. That 161.6 mm x 73.9 mm measurement remains to be smaller than a top-end smartphone, with an S22 Extremely measuring 163.3 mm x 77.9 mm x 8.9 mm.

On the entrance, you get a 120 Hz, 6.56-inch, 2520×1080 OLED show, whereas the inside foldable show is a 120 Hz, 8.02-inch, 2160×1914 OLED. Each screens are direct from Samsung Show, and the versatile show is made from the “Versatile Extremely Skinny Glass” that Samsung pioneered. Versatile glass supplies some rigidity to the in any other case squishy plastic show. The outer layer ought to nonetheless be plastic you can dent with a fingernail, although.

For specs, you’ve got received a fairly regular high-end loadout: a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 12GB of RAM, and beneficiant tiers of storage at 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The cameras begin with a 1/1.56-inch 50 MP Sony IMX 766, then there’s a 13 MP ultrawide, an 8 MP 2x telephoto, and a 20 MP entrance digicam. The 4500 mAh battery helps 67 W charging.

Beginning at RMB 8,999, or about $1,335, Xiaomi’s bigger, higher foldable can be cheaper than Samsung’s. The cellphone goes on sale in China on August 16.

Itemizing picture by Xiaomi

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