Rumours were ripe in the tech industry that the Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi is looking to enter the laptop market. On Wednesday, at the launch of its new smartphone Redmi Pro, the Chinese tech giant unveiled its first ever laptop, Mi Notebook Air.
Name sounds too familiar? It even bears resembles to the Apple’s MacBook Air. Touted as MacBook Air rival, the company claims Mi Notebook Air 13.3” is 13 per cent thinner than Apple’s popular notebook. Xiaomi’s notebook is 14.88mm thick compared to MacBook Air which is 17mm thick.
Although both Mi Notebook Air and MacBook Air offer 13.3” display, Xiaomi’s notebook has 11% smaller body.
Mi Notebook Air runs on Windows 10 and features an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.7 GHz processor along with 8GB DDR4 RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card and 256GB of SSD storage. Xiaomi’s notebook is available in gold and silver finishes with full-metal body and type-C USB charging and two USB slots. It comes with a full HD display and offers up to 9.5 hours of battery life on a single charge and it weighs 1.28kg (2.82lbs).
You can also go for a smaller 12.5-inch version that weighs 2.36lbs and comes loaded with an Intel Core M3 processor with integrated graphics, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. It can last up to 11.5 hours on a single charge.
The 12.5-inch version is available for approximately $525, while the larger, flagship model coming in at $750.