It’s been about two and a half months since Xiaomi unveiled its first foldable smartphone in the Mi Mix Fold. The foldable phone features an 8-inch OLED inner display, along with a 6.5-inch AMOLED cover display, while being powered by the Snapdragon 888 and up to 16GB of RAM. But there are a few caveats to this foldable, and we’re not just talking about the lack of availability outside of China.
The 8-inch display is quite impressive for Xiaomi’s first attempt, but it’s limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, while the cover display bumps that up slightly to 90Hz. At least for the primary display, the 60Hz refresh rate just isn’t something that folks are really going to enjoy, especially when Samsung and Huawei’s foldable options sport refresh rates up to 120Hz. But it seems that Xiaomi has already been hard at work on a successor to the Mi Mix Fold.
A new rumor from Weibo (via MyFixGuide) suggests that Xiaomi’s next foldable smartphone will also be powered by the Snapdragon 888 and will feature an improved inner display. This display will be made by Samsung and will be equipped with the 120Hz refresh rate you would expect from a device of this caliber. The cover display will continue to feature the 90Hz refresh rate, but will be made by Visionox. We aren’t sure just yet as to whether the upcoming foldable will also use an 8-inch display, or if it will be equipped with a different size.
Other rumored specs for the next Xiaomi foldable are scarce, with the exception of a 5,000mAh battery and a headlining 108MP primary camera sensor. The battery would be just slightly smaller than that of the Mi Mix Fold, which uses a 5,020mAh cell with 67W fast charging. However, it’s likely that the 108MP lens found in Xiaomi’s first iteration will also be making its way to the next foldable smartphone.
As for when we can expect to see this device, details again are scarce, with the source only claiming that it will arrive in Q4 2021. We’ll have to wait and see what’s to come of the device, but hopefully, it falls a bit more in line with the design language of the Huawei Mate X2 or Z Fold 2, and doesn’t feel as much like the original Galaxy Fold.