While Xiaomi's new laptop comes with competitive features like a sleek design, the absence of a logo at the back and Intel processors, it would be apt to look at the device by placing it alongside the MacBook, Apple's latest laptop which Xiaomi intends to beat.
Mi Notebook Air 13.3", dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 980MX gfx card, Intel Core i5, 9.5hrs battery, AKG custom speakers, USB3+USB-C+HDMI, ¥4999— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) July 27, 2016
Mi Notebook Air 13.3", dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 980MX gfx card, Intel Core i5, 9.5hrs battery, AKG custom speakers, USB3+USB-C+HDMI, ¥4999
For a layman, it would be impossible to separate a Mi Notebook Air and a Macbook, save for the gleaming Apple logo and slightly curved edges in the latter. The smaller Mi Notebook Air features a 12.5-inch Full HD display, is just 12.9mm thick and comes with an Intel Core M3 processor, 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port, a 1MP front cam and a backlit keyboard. Despite its looks, it doesn't come even close to the capabilities of the 12-inch Mac which comes with a choice of Intel Core M3 and M7 processors, 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, LED-lit keys and an Intel HD Graphics 515 card.
Another Xiaomi first today: Mi Notebook Air, our first foray into the laptop market, 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch pic.twitter.com/GJybOMagN1— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) July 27, 2016
Another Xiaomi first today: Mi Notebook Air, our first foray into the laptop market, 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch pic.twitter.com/GJybOMagN1
The larger Mi Notebook Air features a 13.3-inch Full HD display, is slightly heavier at 1.28kg and comes with an Intel Core i5 Skylake processor, an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU which is absent in the smaller variant, 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. It also features a battery which can support up to 9.5 hours of constant usage and can be charged using an USB Type-C port.
Both variants of Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air will be available in China from early next month but Xiaomi hasn't yet disclosed a release data for the laptop in the UK. We'll let you know as soon as we know more about their pricing and availability in the UK.