Xiaomi’s MacBook Air killer is called Mi Notebook Air
Chinese company Xiaomi launched its first-ever laptop, aka the Mi Notebook Air on Wednesday at an event in Beijing. Xiaomi is pitting the new Mi Notebook Air straight up against Apple’s MacBook air by offering a combination of sleek looks and frame, decent hardware specs and more importantly an aggressive pricing. The Mi Notebook Air will be available in two variants: 12.5-inch and 12.3-inch. While the 12.5-inch variant has been priced at 3,499 RMB (roughly Rs 35,257) the 13.3-inch model will cost buyers 4,999 RMB (roughly Rs 50,372).
The company is touting the 12.5-inch model for its thin and light physique, while the 13.3-inch model’s USP is said to be its ‘ultra-performance’ inside an ultra-light package’.
The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air measures just 12.9mm in thickness and weighs in at 1.07kg. It comes with a fullHD screen with edge-to-edge protective glass. It is powered by an Intel Core M3 processor coupled with 4GB RAM, 128GB SATA SSD storage with an expandable SSD slot. The notebook boasts of 11.5 hours of battery life, according to Xiaomi.Read more ↓
The 13.3-inch model on the other hand measures 14.8mm in thickness and weighs in at 1.28kg. It is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD storage and expandable SSD slot. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. The said notebook offers 9.5 hours of battery life on single charge, according to Xiaomi.
Xiaomi’s notebooks have a full-sized keyboard with backlit keys with up to 1.3mm keystroke depth. These boast of an all-metal build with a logo-less exterior and clean minimalistic design. The notebooks can be additionally personalised with stickers and sleeves (available in leather, PU leather and Microfibre) sold separately. The notebooks also come with AKG custom grade dual speakers and support Dolby digital surround sound.
Additionally, the Mi Notebook also supports Mi Cloud sync and unlocks with the Mi Band 2.