Xiaomi is known as the Apple of China back in its homeland. This is associated with the premium handset designs the company has, be it flagship or entry-level models, which resemble a lot with Apple’s iPhone.
The Chinese OEM is now taking this fight further ahead to the MacBook Air family thanks to the newly released Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, a laptop that has what it takes to go against the MacBook Air 2016 models in Apple’s repository. In actual sense, Apple did not release new MacBook Air models this year, instead, the 13-inch variant received a RAM upgrade from 4GB to 8GB. For the purposes of this article, the refreshed models shall be referred to as MacBook Air 2016, however, the full revision of the 2015 variants has yet to happen.
Marking the first device the company has in the computer world, the Mi Notebook Air is a great laptop that comes to join the world of Ultrabooks, a world that is largely dominated by Apple and Microsoft.
From the looks, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air has a lot in common with the MacBook Air 2016. Both devices are insanely thin and come with a 13.3-inch display size, however, the new Mi Notebook Air still beats the MacBook Air with its 14.8mm thickness and 1.28kg of weight as compared to the latter’s 17mm thickness and weight of 1.35kg.
It gets even better when it comes to the hardware under the hood. The newly launched Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air has a more powerful Intel Core i5-6200U SoC that features a clock speed of 2.7GHz and is paired with a RAM of 8GB. On the other hand, the MacBook Air 2016 comes with an Intel Core i5-5250U SoC with a clock speed of 1.6GHz and a RAM of 8GB. Still, there is a superior version of the MacBook Air 2016, which comes with an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at a speed of 2.2GHz.
As for the two equal Intel Core i5 models, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air gets even better of the MacBook Air 2016 with the addition of a dedicated graphics card – a Nvidia GeForce 940MX – something you won’t find in the MacBook Air. Instead, the Apple laptop depends on the integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000, which should result in poor gaming capabilities when compared to the Mi Notebook Air.
Even though the two have the same screen size, the MacBook Air 2016 once again lags behind in terms quality. You get a Full HD 1920 by 1080 pixels panel on the Mi Notebook Air while the Apple model only manages 1440 by 900 pixels of resolution.
The MacBook Air 2016 also comes with an 11-inch model, but the Mi Notebook Air has a 12.5-inch model instead. These two have trimmed-down hardware specs when compared to their larger counterparts, which should also mean their prices equally go down.
The 13-inch MacBook Air 2016 base model is valued at $999 while the newly launched Mi Notebook Air is priced at just $750.