Xiaomi launched its first Windows 10 based laptop called the Mi Notebook Air. The company was once dubbed “The Apple of China” and lived up to its hype with affordable smartphone. However, the stretched their domain to almost all technology related things, ranging from fitness trackers, media streamers, electric bikes and even rice cookers. This is Xiaomi’s first venture into the PC market and judging from the specs and the price, it is going to be a hit amongst the masses.
The Mi Notebook has two variants; the smaller 12.5-inch model and the slightly larger 13.3-inch model. Both these models are extremely light. To put it into perspective, the Apple Macbook Air is 0.68 inches thick and weighs in at 2.96lbs. The 13.3-inch Mi Notebook is 0.58 inches thick and weighs just 2.82lbs. The smaller 12.5-inch variant is even lighter and thinner, measuring only 0.51 inches think and 2.36lbs in weight.
The finish on both variants is of aluminum that comes in either gold or silver. The absence of any exterior logos or markings makes it even more appealing. The hardware is manufactured by a company called Tian Mi but Xiaomi sells it under its own name.
The specs of both variants look great on paper. The larger 13.3-inch version supports a 1080p display, a dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, a battery that will last around 9.5 hours and even a dedicated GPU in the form of GeForce 940MX to allow for some light gaming.
The smaller 12.5-inch version uses a weaker Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD with not dedicated GPU. On a single charge, Xiaomi claims that it will last up to 12 hours. So what it lacks in power, it makes up in portability.
The pricing of both these laptops is also very appealing with the larger one costing around $750 and the smaller costing $550, but they are only set to be released in China for the time being. Xiaomi did not comment on a global release as yet but considering that in the same price range, you can only get an Asus Zenbook UX305UA in the USA, Xiaomi can rest assured that there will be genuine interest in their product if they decide to release it in USA. While the build quality and actual performance remains to be seen, Xiaomi’s new laptops can certainly provide tough competition to Apple with a much cheaper alternative for people who cannot afford an actual Macbook.