Daily Authority: 👐 Xiaomi’s cheaper Fold 4 alternative

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🔥 Happy Friday! It’s still pretty hot and miserable, and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for summer to be over. I simply cannot reconcile my desire to be eco-friendly with my need to turn on the air conditioning.

Xiaomi’s second-gen foldable Mix Fold 2

xiaomi mix fold 2 in hand

The internet is abuzz with news about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, but over on the other side of the planet, Xiaomi announced a fairly compelling alternative.

  • The Mix Fold 2 comes more than a year after the first model and with several key improvements.
  • There are the obvious spec enhancements, like a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, 67W charging, 120Hz LTPO internal display, and 120HZ AMOLED external display.
  • It runs a custom UI called MIUI Fold 13, based on Android 12. Like the Z Fold 4, it has a taskbar and multiwindow enhancements baked in.
  • However, the big departure here is size: it comes in at just 5.4mm thick when unfolded, or 11.2mm when folded.
  • Compared to the Z Fold 4 at 6.3mm and 15.8mm, that’s incredibly slim for a foldable.
  • It’s also priced pretty competitively. It starts at 8,999 yuan (~$1,336), which is more than $100 cheaper than its predecessor.
  • That’s also a lot less than the Z Fold 4’s starting price of $1,799.

The bad news

  • For now, there are no indications that the device will see a global release.
  • The first Mix Fold never made it out of China, and Xiaomi has always prioritized the Chinese market over everything else for its products.
  • Still, there’s a small chance the Mix Fold 2 at least makes it to Europe, where Xiaomi gained a significant foothold last year.
  • If it does, it might give the Z Fold 4 a run for its money, which would be great because, for now, Samsung is the only player in the game.
  • On the (Z) flipside, the only competitor is the Motorola Razr 2022, which was also just announced, and is also a China exclusive.
  • It starts at 6,000 Chinese yuan (~$888), which is again cheaper than the Samsung alternative.

Roundup

🤑 While we’re on the topic of foldables, Samsung made screen repair so cheap it could change your mind on the budding tech. It’s up to 90% cheaper ( Srdtf News).

🍿 Get ready for the weekend with the best new streaming TV shows and movies. Personally, I’ll be watching Prey ( Srdtf News).

Water experiment flooding

I’d like to complain about the heat just a bit more, but this time with an educational spin! A meteorologist from the University of Reading put together a little experiment to show the dangers of flooding after periods of intense heat.

Essentially, the wet and normal grass absorbed water at a fairly quick pace, while the very dry ground barely budged. In practical terms, this shows why there’s a big danger of flash flooding after a sudden deluge of rain.

You can watch the full gif here, but I highly recommend you also check out the comments. There are lots of insights from hydrologists, geologists, and other science nerds if you want to learn more.

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