Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

🔥 Happy Friday! It’s still pretty hot and miserable, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer to end. I just can’t reconcile my desire to be green with my need to turn on the air conditioning.

Mix Fold 2 foldable second generation from Xiaomi

xiaomi mix fold 2 in hand

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

  • The Mix Fold 2 arrives more than a year after the first model and with several key improvements.
  • There are obvious spec upgrades like 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 Z Fold 4, it has a built-in taskbar and multi-window enhancements.
  • However, the big difference here is the size: it is only 5.4mm thick when unfolded or 11.2mm when folded.
  • Compared to the 6.3mm and 15.8mm Z Fold 4, it’s incredibly slim for a foldable.
  • It is also quite competitively priced. 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 launch.
  • The first Mix Fold never left China, and Xiaomi has always prioritized the Chinese market over everything else for its products.
  • Still, there’s a slim chance Mix Fold 2 will at least make it to Europe, where Xiaomi gained a significant foothold last year.
  • Doing so could 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 other hand (Z), the only competitor is the Motorola Razr 2022, which has also just been announced and is also exclusive to China.
  • It starts at 6,000 Chinese Yuan (~$888), which is again cheaper than Samsung’s alternative.

Rounding

🤑 While we’re on the subject of foldables, Samsung made screen repair so cheap it might change your mind about the budding tech. It is up to 90% cheaper (android authority).

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

Flood of water experiment

I’d like to complain a bit more about the heat, but this time with an educational twist! A meteorologist at the University of Reading set up a little experiment to show the dangers of flooding after periods of intense heat.

Essentially, normal, wet grass absorbed water at a fairly rapid rate, while very dry soil barely moved. In practical terms, this shows why there is a great danger of flash flooding after a sudden downpour of rain.

You can see the full gif here, but I recommend you read the comments as well. There are plenty of ideas from hydrologists, geologists, and other science nerds if you want to learn more.

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