The impressive engineering on the new device will only be available for Chinese customers to buy, much like the recent Xiaomi 13 Ultra and Oppo Find X6 Pro, setting a trend of the most cutting edge mobile tech being kept from Western buyers.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3.
Don’t hold your breath for a wider release. Xiaomi’s comms director tweeted this:
How much does the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 cost?
There are three models of the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3, priced as follows:
12GB RAM/256GB storage: ¥8,999 ($1,230/£970)
16GB RAM/512GB storage: ¥9,999 ($1,370/£1,070)
16GB RAM/1TB storage: ¥10,999 ($1,500/£1,180)
What are the main features of the Xiaomi Mix Fold 3?
One of the downsides to many foldable phones is that the cameras aren’t usually as good as in the best phones out there. The incredibly thin Mix Fold 3 somehow totes impressively advanced Leica-branded camera sensors, with two optical telephoto lenses that go to 3.2x and 5x.
This means the phone can take zoom shots that replicate 75mm and 115mm telephoto cameras. Add to that the 50Mp main lens and this looks like a folding phone that takes photography more seriously than its rivals such as the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Google Pixel Fold.
There’s even an ultrawide on there – four camera lenses on a phone this thin is very noteworthy. Whether or not they rival the Xiaomi 13 Pro for image quality is another matter.
A 1080p 21:9 6.56in cover display runs at 120Hz and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2, while the larger folding inner screen is an 8in 120Hz LTPO OLED panel. Xiaomi says the screen can last 500,000 fold cycles with its “ultra-high strength steel” hinge, far above the 200,000 promised by Samsung for its Z Fold 5.
However, Xiaomi did not confirm if the Mix Fold 3 is in any way dust or water resistant, whereas Samsung’s folding phones are IPX8 water resistant.
Despite its slight frame the phone has a 4,800mAh battery and, in another effort to out-tech Samsung, charges wired at 67W, which can fill the phone to 100% in 40 minutes, according to Xiaomi. There’s even 50W wireless charging.
Henry is Tech Advisor’s Phones Editor, ensuring he and the team covers and reviews every smartphone worth knowing about for readers and viewers all over the world. He spends a lot of time moving between different handsets and shouting at WhatsApp to support multiple devices at once.