The Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, unveiled their first laptop Mi Notebook Air in China last month. Lately, rumors are high that it will one of the first Xiaomi product to launch in United States.
Though in the past, Xiaomi consistently maintained that it had no plans to launch any of its devices in U.S. markets, VP Hugo Barra lately told Bloomberg that the company is entering U.S. markets soon. Barra confirmed that they are launching a new device in the U.S. in October but refrained from revealing any product details.
The timing of Xiaomi plans to launch their product line in continental United States chimes in perfectly with Apple?s refresh of Macbook line with a newer Macbook Pro 2016 model. It is presumed that Macbook refresh could happen after the September iPhone event with release expected in October or November.
The fact that Mi Notebook Air perfectly resembles Apple?s line of Macbook products and even packs powerful specifications (in high-end version) points to possibility of Xiaomi challenging Apple?s reign in laptop market.
The question is, will the Chinese manufacturer who has historic success in Chinese and Indian smartphone markets live up to the hype as Apple?s all all new Macbook Pro. Both the laptop support metallic designs and ultra thin bodies and there are a lot of differences in technological capabilities and pricing structure.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air vs. MacBook Pro 2016
As the Macbook Pro is Apple?s power packed laptop series, the comparison of high-end 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air with 13.3 inch Macbook Pro seems perfectly logical.
Body and Design
The Mi Notebook Air features a metallic design similar to Apple?s line of Macbook laptops and infact is even slimmer and 11% smaller than 13.3-inch Macbook Air. The Xiaomi laptop has thinner bezels and weighs less than 1.28kg that is less than Air model again.
The Apple?s Macbook Pro models are heavier than Air models and last year?s 13.3-inch Pro weighed 1.58kgs. Though Apple has promised even lighter and thinner Macbook Pro model it is unlikely that Macbook Pro could beat Xiaomi in design.
The Mi laptop packs 6th generation(Skylake) Intel Core i5 processor (up to 2.7GHz), 8GB DDR4 RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 940MX (with 1GB GDDR5 RAM) mobile graphics card.?In terms of storage, the laptop offers a 256GB SSD and an option of expanding the memory through an additional SSD slot.
Macbook Pro 2016 is also expected to feature similar Skylake Core i5 processor whilst rumors even claim that Apple will include 7th generation Kabylake processors in later versions. The refreshed model will certainly support 8GB or more RAM, while graphics card remains a questions as 2015 model just supported Intel graphics. There are even rumors it will give option for more powerful/efficient Polaris GPU from AMD. It is expected to support 512GB or more flash storage but Xiaomi triumphs here with storage expansion capabilities.
Xiaomi laptop packs Windows 10 OS alongside a Full HD display. It will also sport a Type-C USB socket, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port along with AKG and Dolby speakers.
Macbook Pro on other hand will have a innovative new LED touch screen display that will replace the function keys. There will also be support for Touch ID fingerprint technology and of course the USB Type C technology. Other features in previous versions include the LED Retina display with 2560×1600 pixel resolution though this model will come with latest macOS Sierra operating system running.
The Pro will likely triumph over Notebook Air with its innovative features though several users would prefer a Windows OS which is much more common.
Xiaomi is claiming a 9.5 hour battery life for Mi Notebook Air, with the battery said to charged 50 percent in 30 mins. Macbook Pro on the other hand will have even better performance than its 2015 model that 10 to 12 hours battery life.
The Mi Notebook Air will be far cheaper, with 13.3 inch model priced at 4,999 Chinese yuan (around $750), than Macbook Pro 2016 that will retail around $1099 to $2499. Mi Notebook is?available for shipping worldwide already.