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At an event in Beijing, China’s Xiaomi is best known for its budget-friendly phones, the company has recently branched out into all sorts of other tech products, the $60 billion startup has been building a diverse ecosystem around its core business. Xiaomi announced a huge surprise by launching its long rumoured entry into the PC category, with its first laptop – the Mi Notebook Air, running on Windows 10. Xiaomi’s first ever laptop surly looks great, both in terms of design and specifications
The Mi Notebook Air was leaked on numerous occasions and talked about in the past but today company VP Hugo Barra himself made the device official as he sent out the following tweet.
The company is evidently targeting the Apple’s MacBook Air, showcasing comparisons to the reputed Apple’s ultraportable laptop. Mi Notebook Air, an aluminium shell(metal body) power packed with Windows 10 notebook that is thinner than the Apple’s MacBook Air and will cost considerably less too. Xiaomi’s manufacturing partner Tian Mi has taken note from Microsoft Surface Book, and MacBook Air’s design to build this one with a large trackpad and full-size keyboard.
It comes in two sizes — the powerful 13.3-inch and the portable 12.5-inch — and both feature a slim body, a 1080p*1920p which is Full-HD resolution display with slim under-glass bezels (while still managing to fit in a 1-megapixel webcam), a backlit keyboard, a USB Type-C charging port plus a minimalistic metallic design — in gold or silver, naturally — with no logo on the outside. The Design and Specification actually looks closer to the MacBook Pro series.
1) Mi Notebook Air 13.3″
The flagship Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch model comes in at just 14.8mm thick and 1.28kg(2.82 pounds) heavy, which is reasonable good given that you get an Intel Core i5-6200U processor (up to 2.7GHz) plus an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU (with 1GB GDDR5 RAM). It is not exactly a gamer’s dream, but sure is better than relying on integrated graphics alone.
Of course, Xiaomi just had to point out that this is thinner and lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air. You also get 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB of SSD via PCIe and one free SATA slot for expansion (but only serviced by Xiaomi), with Two USB 3.0 ports & HDMI port. The 40Wh battery should be good for up to 9.5 hours using the bundled USB-C charger.
Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch model is with AKG dual speakers, and Dolby Digital surround sound.
2) Mi Notebook Air 12.5″
The smaller Mi Notebook Air 12.5-inch model is even slimmer and lighter at 12.9mm Thick and 1.07kg(2.36 pounds) respectively, but you’ll have to make do with an Intel Core M3 CPU, no dedicated GPU(integrated GPU), just 4GB of DDR4 RAM and just a 128GB SSD via SATA — though there’s one free SATA slot for expansion (but only serviced by Xiaomi) do the upgrade for you later. And instead of two USB 3.0 ports, you only get one here; but you still have an HDMI port. The 40Wh battery of this model is that you get two more hours of battery life so up to 11.5 hours using the bundled USB-C charger.
3) Mi Notebook Air Common Features
Both Mi Notebook Air devices are powered by a 40Wh battery pack can be quick charged with the bundled USB Type-C charger from zero to 50% in Just 30 minutes. Xiaomi is also touting the laminated display to reduce glare, and edge-to-edge glass protection, apart from a full-sized keyboard with backlit keys and a 1.3mm stroke depth, Dolby Digital surround sound.
Both Mi Notebook Air models also feature Mi Cloud Sync, letting users sync their phone contacts, messages, gallery, notes, and other data. Both Mi Notebook Air models have 3.5mm headphone jack, no Ethernet port, no optical drive.
Another feature Xiaomi is boasting of is unlock support via the Mi Band 2, enabled by the laptops Bluetooth v4.1 connectivity. Users can also personalise their Mi Notebook Air laptops with official sticker accessories for the hood.
As usual, the Mi Notebook Air will only go on sale in China initially on 2 August with prices starting at RMB 4999 (Rs 50,200 approx) for the 13.3-inch model and RMB 3499 (Rs 35,200 approx) for the 12.5-inch model. Let’s hope that Xiaomi is kind enough to get the notebooks to India soon.
4) Apple Macbook Air vs. Mi Notebook Air