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Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 – Why it's not coming to Europe

A powerful piece of kit: Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
A powerful piece of kit: Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
Xiaomi sets the right tone with the Mix Fold 2, winning it many fans in the process. Those same fans will be sad at the knowledge that the foldable will most likely not come to Europe. In our opinion, there are several good reasons for this.

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 represents the second generation of this foldable smartphone. It is based on a large, internal 8.02 inch OLED display which uses LTPO 2.0 to adapt the frame rate to between 1 and 120 Hz. When folded, the user has access to a smaller, 6.56 inch AMOLED display which can also operate at up to 120 Hz. The Xiaomi smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, boasts 12 GB of RAM, and, depending on the variant, has either 256, 512, or 1024 GB of internal storage.

In addition, Xiaomi has managed to pack a 50 MPix triple camera into its slim case. Created in cooperation with Leica, it is also equipped with an ultra wide angle lens as well as 2x optical zoom - neither of which was able to fully impress during our test. The powerful 4500 mAh battery ensures practical battery life and can be quickly recharged thanks to the supplied 67 watt charger.

We were impressed with the smartphone's folding mechanism. Unlike Samsung's market leader, both parts of the display are flush when folded, making the device considerably slimmer. A well-rounded look that would normally indicate a worldwide release. So why won't the device come to Europe?

Pricing certainly plays a big part as the smallest Mix Fold 2 storage variant cost 8999 yuan in China on release. At first glance, this may sound reasonable when converted into euros: around 1226 euros. However, taxes and the like are not included. The cheapest we could therefore expect the Mix Fold 2 to cost here at launch would be around 1599 euros - but most likely even more expensive. That is somewhat cheaper than the Fold4, but much more expensive than the still current Fold3. This shows quite simply that the competition from Korea is technically more mature, has better features, and promises longer updates.

We still hope that Xiaomi's Mix Fold 2 price and technology are so attractive that make a European market release in 2023 worthwhile. Until then, the only option is to import the device directly from China via distributors such as TradingShenzhen.

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-12-16 (Update: 2022-12-17)