The long rumored Xiaomi laptop has gone official at last as the Mi Notebook Air. It comes in two versions sporting 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch form factors and running Windows 10. If the moniker wasn’t enough of a hint, Xiaomi wants you to know that comparisons to Apple’s MacBook Air are welcome.
The 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air packs in a 1080p full HD screen, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, two USB ports, an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card, a free SATA slot for additional hoarding room and USB Type-C charging. It tips the scales at just over 1.2kg and measures 306.9mm x 210.9mm x 14.8mm.
The smaller and lighter Xiaomi notebook is also bundled in with a full HD display and USB Type-C charging socket. Additionally, it embeds an Intel Core M3 processor with integrated graphics, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage and one free PCIe slot for expansion. Both portable PCs feature a full metal chassis along with pale gold or silver paint jobs.
The 12.5-inch laptop apparently does better on battery life than the 13.3-inch model, with 11.5 hours versus 9.5 hours of usage on a single charge. Say what you will about its specifications, but the appearance of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is gorgeous in its simplicity. There’s no sign of the company’s logo on the exterior.
The larger model costs 4,999 CNY (about $750 or Rs 50,310), while the smaller version is priced at 3599 CNY (almost $524 or Rs 35,215). It doesn’t look like Xiaomi will launch the Mi Notebook Air outside China – where it will be available starting August 2 – and established markets like India and parts of Southeast Asia.
Along with the Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi also rolled out its much-talked-about Redmi Pro smartphone. Follow this link to get the skinny on it.