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Xiaomi MIX Fold 3: No global release confirmed new foldable flagship

Xiaomi will not sell the MIX Fold 3 globally. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi will not sell the MIX Fold 3 globally. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi has put to bed any suggestions that the MIX Fold 3 will receive a global release. Instead, the company's Communications Director has confirmed earlier rumours that the MIX Fold 3 will go the way of all MIX smartphones from the Mi Mix Fold and MIX 4 onwards.

Xiaomi has now confirmed its release plans for the MIX Fold 3, its latest foldable smartphone. To recap, Xiaomi introduced the MIX Fold 3 earlier this week alongside the Pad 6 Max, Redmi K60 Ultra and the Smart Band 8 Pro. For now, Xiaomi is only selling these devices in China. For reference, Xiaomi is expected to offer the Smart Band 8 Pro globally and the Redmi K60 Ultra outside its home market as the Xiaomi 13T Pro.

Until now, Xiaomi has not commented on whether the MIX Fold 3 would also receive a global release. However, the company's CEO Lei Jun shared various details about the MIX Fold 3 on his global Twitter account, potentially giving the impression that the device would reach other markets. Incidentally, that applies to the CyberDog 2 as well, which we have covered separately.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi's Communications Director has detailed that the MIX Fold 3 'will be available exclusively in Mainland China'. Thus, Xiaomi has no plans to challenge the Galaxy Z Fold5 or Pixel Fold globally. Thankfully, there are ways of purchasing a MIX Fold 3 without visiting China. For example, TradingShenzhen is already selling the handset in three memory configurations, starting at US$1,642 with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Please note that the MIX Fold 3 will ship with a Chinese MIUI ROM that is not optimised for Google apps and services. Similarly, the MIX Fold 3 lacks LTE Band 20 support, which could cause issues with cellular networks in some countries. 


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Alex Alderson, 2023-08-16 (Update: 2023-08-17)