A day after Samsung introduced a pair of foldable units, Xiaomi launched its second-gen foldable, Combine Fold 2, in China. The brand new cellphone sports activities a 6.56-inch outer show, 8.02-inch interior show and a Leica-powered digital camera system. The cellphone is China-only for now for the bottom worth of RMB 8,999 (~$1,335) for a model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage — less expensive than the Samsung Fold 4 priced at $1,800.
Xiaomi bests Samsung’s foldable in numerous key specs. As an illustration, each the outer show (6.56-inch v 6.2-inch) and the interior show (8.02-inch v 7.6-inch show) are bigger than that of Fold 4.
The Chinese language tech agency has included a Leica-powered 50-megapixel essential sensor, 13-megapixel ultrawide sensor and 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 2x optical zoom. The setup can file footage in 8K decision with assist for Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR customary. Xiaomi mentioned the Leica partnership extends to photographic types — Vibrant look and Genuine look — which sound extra like branding workouts than something.
The corporate has managed to suit the internals in a glossy body that’s 5.4mm unfolded and 11.2mm folded. For comparability, the Samsung Fold 4 is 6.3mm unfolded and 15.8mm folded. Although Xiaomi additionally has an excessive digital camera bump to point out for it. Just like the Galaxy Fold, the Combine Fold 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
Whereas the cellphone sounds thrilling on paper, it’s restricted to the China marketplace for now, so it’s not going to be a menace to different gamers like Samsung. Whereas the broader world smartphone market is seeing a progress decline, analysts challenge an upward curve for foldables. A report from Counterpoint predicts that corporations will ship 16 million foldable this 12 months, and that quantity will go as much as 26 million subsequent 12 months. Xiaomi has the chance to make a mark out there, however within the brief time period, Samsung nonetheless has a big head begin.
“Samsung has led the market for the reason that starting, and we predict its dominance will proceed for a while. Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo are all introducing new foldables however they’re principally restricted to the Chinese language market. Motorola could be the solely contender in markets just like the USA for now,” Counterpoint Senior Analyst Jene Park mentioned.
The Combine Fold 2 is up for pre-order in China beginning in the present day and begins delivery October 16.