Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has finally entered the laptop business. The tech giant launched its new Redmi Pro smartphone today at a press event but it also dropped a surprise with the unveiling of the Mi Notebook Air.
The new metal clad Mi Notebook Air is a thin and light Windows laptop that comes in gold or silver, and looks set to compete with Apple’s MacBook. Xiaomi said the laptop is 13 percent thinner than its equivalent Macbook Air and 11 percent smaller than its rival thanks to its 5.56-mm ultra-thin bezels.?The Mi Notebook Air comes in two varieties–a 13.3-inch version and a lighter 12.5-inch model.
Mi Notebook Air 13.3-inch
The 13.3-inch version is the more powerful of the two, with an Intel Core i5 processor (up to 2.7GHz), 8GB DDR4 RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 940MX (with 1GB GDDR5 RAM) mobile graphics card that Xiaomi says makes it capable of playing video games at Full HD resolution even with higher frame rates. In terms of storage, the laptop offers a 256GB SSD and an option of expanding the memory through an additional SSD slot.
It’s also said to sport a Type-C USB socket, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port along with AKG and Dolby speakers. The 40Wh battery lasts up to 9.5 hours, and it can go from zero to 50 percent in just half an hour using the bundled USB-C charger.
Mi Notebook Air 12.5-inch
The 12.5-inch Notebook Air, on the other hand, only has an Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB RAM, integrated graphics and a 128GB SSD. It, however, offers a better battery life at 11.5 hours, 2 hours longer than the 13.3-inch model. It may only have a single USB 3.0 port but still with an HDMI support.
At 1.07-kg (2.36 pounds) and 12.9-mm thickness, the 12.5-inch model is also lighter than the 13.3-inch variant. The bigger Mi Notebook Air is but only a little heavier, weighing just 1.28-kg (2.82 pounds) at?14.8-mm thickness.
The bigger Mi Notebook Air will be more expensive, priced at 4,999 Chinese yuan (around $750), while the 12.5-inch version will be sold at 3,499 yuan (around $525).
The Mi Notebook Air is launching in China on August 2, but Xiaomi has yet to reveal anything regarding the global availability of its laptop line.