Huawei has announced several foldable smartphones so far, while Xiaomi has only presented one. In this article, we will compare the Huawei Mate X2 to the Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold. The Mate X2 is Huawei’s latest foldable handset, while the Mi MIX Fold is Xiaomi’s very first. Both of these phones were announced in the first quarter of this year, and both have limited availability. Still, comparing them makes a lot of sense, as they’re not just foldable devices, but flagship phones as well.
These two phones have some things in common, but for the most part they’re quite different. The design is somewhat similar, although the feel in the hand is different, and there are some differences in this regard as well. That being said, we’re going to list their specs first and then move on to the design, display, performance, battery, camera, and audio categories. Let’s start the Huawei Mate X2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold comparison, okay.
|Huawei mate x2||Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold|
|Screen size||Primary: 8-inch fullHD + OLED display (foldable, 90Hz)|
Secondary (cover): 6.45-inch OLED display (flat, 60Hz)
|Main: 8.01-inch AMOLED display (foldable, 60Hz)|
Secondary (cover): 6.52-inch AMOLED display (flat, 90Hz)
|Screen resolution||Main: 2480 x 2200|
Secondary (Blanket): 2700 x 1160
|Main: 2480 x 1860|
Secondary (blanket): 2520 x 840
|SoC||Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 9000||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|RAM||8 GB||12 GB / 16 GB|
|Storage||256 GB / 512 GB (UFS 3.0); expandable up to 256 GB||256 GB / 512 GB; not expandable|
|Rear cameras||50MP (f / 1.9 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS)|
12MP (telephoto, f / 2.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom)
16MP (ultra-wide, f / 2.2 aperture, 17mm lens)
8MP (telephoto periscope, f / 4.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom)
|108MP (f / 1.8 aperture, wide angle, 0.7um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF)|
13MP (f / 2.4 aperture, 123 degree FoV, ultra-wide, 1.12um pixel size)
8MP (80mm lens, telephoto / macro, liquid lens, PDAF, 3x optical zoom)
|Front cameras||16MP (f / 2.2 aperture)||20MP (27mm wide angle lens, 0.8um pixel size)|
|Battery||4,5o0mAh, non-removable, 55W wired charging||5,020mAh, non-removable, 67W fast wired charging|
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm|
Folded: 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm
|Unfolded: 173.3 x 133.4 x 7.6 mm|
Folded: 173.3 x 69.8 x 17.2 mm
|Weight||295 grams||317 grams (glass)|
332 grams (ceramic)
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
|security||Side fingerprint scanner||Side fingerprint scanner|
|Operating system||Android 10|
|Price||$ 2,785||$ 1,520 (China)|
|Buy||Huawei (not yet available)||Xiaomi (not yet available)|
Huawei Mate X2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold: Design
Both of these phones come with a metal frame, while both have glass on the back as well. The point is that the Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold is also available in a variant with a ceramic back plate. It also affects their weight. The Huawei Mate X2 weighs 295 grams, while the glass and ceramic Mi MIX Fold models weigh 317 and 332 grams respectively. The Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold is taller than the Huawei Mate X2, while being narrower. This applies to the folded and unfolded states. It is thinner when unfolded, whereas it is thicker when folded, which is interesting.
Both devices are foldable phones. In other words, they fold inward, like a book, so their primary (collapsible) display is protected when folded. They have a secondary display on the outside as you can see. This secondary screen is quite large on both devices, and both phones come with a display camera hole. The Huawei Mate X2 includes a pill-shaped one in the upper left corner, while the Mi MIX Fold has a single camera hole in the upper right corner.
The Mi MIX Fold has thicker bezels on its external display, while both include multiple cameras on the back. Their camera setups are placed in the upper left corner on the back. You will certainly feel the weight of both phones in your hand. The difference between them is not that noticeable unless you get the ceramic Mi MIX Fold, in which case you will feel the difference. Neither phone is particularly pleasant to use with one hand, not even folded, due to their weight. Both devices are also quite slippery, so be careful as they are far from cheap. They feel like quality devices, that’s for sure.
Huawei Mate X2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold: Display
Both phones have two screens. The Huawei Mate X2 sports an 8-inch 2200 x 2480 OLED main screen, with a 90Hz refresh rate. That’s its foldable display, of course. On the outside, you’ll find a 6.45-inch (2700 x 1160) fullHD + OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Both panels offer a high refresh rate, unlike what the Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold has. to offer. Both panels are also flat, by the way, of course.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold features an 8.01 inch 1860 x 2480 main screen with a 60Hz refresh rate. It is a foldable AMOLED panel that offers 1B of colors and supports HDR10 + content. It also supports Dolby Vision and offers up to 900 nits of brightness (max). The secondary display of the device measures 6.52 inches and has a resolution of 840 x 2520. It is a 90Hz panel, with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision support. It becomes as bright as the main screen.
To be completely honest, all of these screens look perfectly fine. It’s not the best on the market, not at all, but most people won’t even notice the difference. The Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold’s screens seem to offer slightly more punchy colors, however, but its main screen doesn’t offer a high refresh rate, so… there you go. Viewing angles on all screens are actually good, more so on secondary screens.
Huawei Mate X2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold: performance
Both of these phones are quite powerful from a hardware standpoint. The Huawei Mate X2 is powered by the Kirin 9000 5G SoC. It includes 8 GB of RAM and fast flash storage. Android 10 is preinstalled on the device, with Huawei’s personalized user interface on top. Note that this phone does not include Google services, due to the US ban. If Google services are important to you, and you need the Play Store, well, it’s probably not the best choice for you.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold, meanwhile, is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The device comes in 12GB and 16GB RAM variants, with fast flash storage. The device comes with Android 10 out of the box and Xiaomi’s MIUI skin on top. The Mi MIX Fold will include Google services if it leaves China, as it is currently not available in the international variant. That being said, both of these phones perform very well.
You won’t notice any lag or major slowdowns. That’s to be expected given their specs, however. Both phones are great for multitasking, which isn’t surprising given their screen size and specs. Even their exterior panels are more than big enough, but when you need more space, you can just unfold them. They are also very enjoyable for games. Note that the games will have black bars on both sides, when using the main screen. Both devices have rather odd screen aspect ratios, so… there’s no way around that.
Huawei Mate X2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold: Battery
The Huawei Mate X2 includes a 4,500mAh battery, while the Mi MIX Fold includes a 5,020mAh unit. Now, with foldable smartphones, it’s even harder to share some general battery life numbers. Each user’s usage differs a bit, and there are two views to consider here. The main screen of each phone will consume more power, of course, due to their size, even if the main panel of the Mi MIX Fold does not offer a high refresh rate.
What we can say about battery life is that the Mi MIX Fold shares somewhat better numbers. The difference isn’t huge, but you might be able to hit the screen at the 6 o’clock time with the Mi MIX Fold. The Huawei Mate X2 goes a bit below. Note that your usage will play a huge role in this, of course. You’ll quickly drain the battery if you play games, do other types of CPU-intensive tasks, and more. Screen brightness will also play a huge role, and so will the use of each screen. OEMs always expect you to use both panels and not unfold the device every time you need to.
As for charging, well, both offer fast charging. The Mate X2 offers 55W fast wired charging, while the Mi MIX Fold offers 67W fast wired charging. Needless to say, these two charging technologies are some of the best and will charge both devices in no time. . Those of you wondering about wireless charging, however, it’s not included on both devices.
Huawei Mate X2 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold: Cameras
When it comes to camera performance, both are great, but not the best on the market. The Huawei Mate X2 has four cameras on the back, with Leica lenses, while the Mi MIX Fold relies on three rear cameras. Both phones have fairly large main sensors, while the Mate X2 also has a periscope camera included. During the day, both of these phones work admirably. They capture very detailed and crisp images with very good dynamic range. Colors are good on both, although a little different, and both also control white balance very well.
The Mate X2 can capture great images with its periscope camera, as long as there is light available. Ultra-wide shooters are really good on both, especially in daylight shots. When the light goes out, both phones do a good job, although Mi MIX Fold images tend to offer subdued colors in comparison. The Mate X2 does a better job with colors in low light environments. Other than that, they both do a good job and manage to capture quite a bit of detail despite the lack of a light source. Their night camera modes are quite capable.
First of all, it’s worth saying that neither of the phones has a 3.5mm headphone jack. They do, however, come with stereo speakers and Bluetooth 5.2. So you can connect your headphones either via Bluetooth or via a Type-C port at the bottom. You can either use a dongle or use Type-C headphones, whichever suits you. Sound through a good pair of headphones is good on both, no complaints.
As for the speakers, well… they’re good on both phones, but the Mi MIX Fold stands out. It actually has four speakers, compared to two on the Mate X2. It gives a fuller sound. Both sets of speakers are quite loud, so there’s nothing to complain about in that regard. Xiaomi’s speakers were tuned by Harman Kardon and also supplied by this company. The sound is a bit better for sure. In addition to a fuller sound, there is also more bass.