Xiaomi introduced the first notebooks of the Air family, the Mi Notebook Air, on the 27th of July this year.
Xiaomi is the famed Chinese company figuring in smartphones, bikes and drones, and it has now decided to foray into laptops. Xiaomi makes its entry in this segment with the Mi Notebook Air, which is excellent for a first attempt. The notebook comes with an attractive metal exterior, accompanied with impressive specifications. All this is offered at a budget price.
Mi Notebook Air Range – Basic Model
The notebook is available with the basic model of 12 inches, which is powered by the Intel Core, M, Processor. This is combined with a RAM of 4 GB and 128, GB SSD. The weight of the notebooks is merely 1.07 kg or 2.36 pounds and it offers a battery that lasts 11 ½ hours. The offering is similar to the 12 inches Macbook.
Upper Range Model
The 13.3 inches notebook is the mid range model and here things begin to get really interesting. The Intel i5 processor, clocking at 2.7 GHz, 6th gen, combined with a DDR4 RAM of 8 GB, powers the device. This is a bigger notebook and it has the Nvidia GeForce, 940MX, graphics card combined with GDDR5 RAM of 1 GB. Such specs are not regularly seen even in the 13 inches Macbook Pro having Retina Display. It is not even available on gaming portables, such as Razer Blade Stealth.
Storage and Other Specs
As for storage, there is the 256 GB, PCle SSD, which includes expansion to 256 GB more using the SATA slot that is included in the device. The battery for this device will last for 9 ½ hours. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 FHD, so users who take the full potential of the GeForce card might use up the battery a little sooner.
Comparing the Models
The higher end model has better screen specs and is more powerful. However, there is not much of a penalty attached to choosing the bigger 13.3 inches notebook. The higher end notebook is about 7.4 oz or 210 grams heavier than its smaller sibling, the 12.5 inches notebook. The bigger one is merely 1.9 mm thicker in comparison. This is a very small drawback when compared to the additional performance features afforded by it.
Ais the norm these days, the notebook depends on the USB C to charge it. There are 2 USB, 3.0 slots, with an additional HDMI output, which comes included in the deal. Users can also receive an extra adapter with the box, having another USB port and an additional HDMI port.
The pricing for this notebook starts at US$525 for the 12.5 inches model, whereas the 13.3 inches model will cost around $750. This seems to be very cheap for the specs offered. However, it is not known when the laptop will make it to other countries, or if it will make it to them at all, going by most of Xiaomi devices.