Xiaomi has already ruined Samsung’s month by overtaking its competitor to become the world’s biggest phone manufacturer, causing the Korean company to resign from the top position. Now, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has arrived to put a damper on the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 announcement that took place today (August 11).

The new Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 is not a foldable phone, and it is exclusively accessible in China for the foreseeable future. The Mi Mix 4 does, however, pilfer one of the most highly anticipated aspects of the Galaxy Z Fold 3: the camera-under-panel (CUP) technology. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is said to have a low-quality 4MP under-display camera, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 has a 20MP sensor with a higher resolution.

In the words of the website The Verge, CUP is “a technology that has been iterated through three main iterations, a five-year period, 60 patents, a $77 million investment, and hundreds of engineers.” According to the website,

We’ll have to wait and see how well both phones perform in side-by-side testing, as PhoneArena points out, since the bigger 2-micron sensor rumored for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may allow for more light to pass through.

The Xiaomi Mii Mix 4 should also outperform the Z Fold 3 in terms of charging speed, since the latter is anticipated to reach a maximum of 25W. The phone from Xioami has a wired charging capacity of 120W and wireless charging capacity of 50W. In fact, Xiaomi says that you can charge your phone to 100% capacity in less than 15 minutes. In our testing, the OnePlus 9 Pro, which depends on 65W charging to get to a full charge in about half an hour, was the quickest charging phone we encountered.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4
(Image courtesy of Xiaomi)

Do you want greater performance than the speculated Snapdragon 888 CPU in the Z Fold 3? The Snapdragon 888 Plus processor, which runs at a faster clock speed, is used in the Mix 4, which is even quicker.

If you look at the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, I have even more terrible news for Galaxy Z Fold 3 enthusiasts. The Mix 4 has a primary camera with a resolution of 108MP (as opposed to the reported 12MP of Samsung’s foldable), and the periscope zoom should be more powerful, at 5x as opposed to the Fold’s 2.

Other features of the Mi Mix 4 include a 6.67-inch 120H OLED curved display, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and three storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The Mi Mix 4 is available in three colors: black, white, and red.

An admittedly less-than-stellar curved display pales in comparison to a display that can be folded in half. Furthermore, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s speculated screen, which measures 7.6 inches when opened, should be much bigger.

Clearly, with an August 16 release date and a starting price of about 4,999 yuan (almost $770), Xiaomi is attempting to take a piece of Samsung’s thunder from the competition. And it has a good chance of succeeding.


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