Just recently, Xiaomi, the Chinese firm known for making smartphones within the low to end markets, announced that it will also be jumping into the laptop sector, and its first contender is the “definitely-not-inspired-by-MacBook” Mi Notebook Air. At the time of writing, the company only made an announcement pertaining to the laptop’s release window in China. As for international interested purchasers, you might have to wait a bit longer.
Xiaomi Jumps Into the Laptop Sector With the Mi Notebook Air
Xiaomi announces not one, but two variants of their first laptop into the market. There is a 13.3-inch version that retails at approximately $750, and this variant will be powered by a 2..3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor that can be boosted further to 2.7GHz. It also has 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia Geforce 940MX for the graphics, a 256GB PCIe SSD card slot with a factory expandable SATA SSD slot, and can readily connect to an 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. The dimensions of the variant comes in at 12.18 x 8.3 x 0.58-inches and weighs 1.28-kilograms. It has been claimed by the Chinese smartphone manufacturer that it will sport a 9.5-hour battery life.
The other model for the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is a smaller variant as it measures in 12.5-inches. For this version, it is powered by an Intel Core M3 that has built-in graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD drive, and can also readily connect to an 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. It comes with dimensions of 11.5 x 7.95 x 0.51-inches, and this one is claimed to have 11.5-hours of battery life.
Both of the laptop variants will have one USB Type-C port for charging purposes, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one HDMI port, and a headphone jack. They will come in either gold and silver colors, and the keyboard is backlit. Unlike many laptops in the market that sport the company’s logo in one area or another, these laptops from the Chinese tech company are completely devoid of logos. Opening up the lid and you will find that it does follow the MacBook layout rather closely.
It should be noted that Xiaomi is not the first company that makes the jump from smartphone to laptops. The company’s Chinese rival, Huawei, introduced the MateBook earlier this year. This device was a 2-in-1 hybrid model that clearly takes a lot of points from the Microsoft Surface device. However, it featured very little to become a desire for those wanting a hybrid device.
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