Xiaomi unveiled the its own MacBook rival – the Mi Notebook Air

Chinese company Xiaomi launched its first-ever laptop, aka the Mi Notebook Air on Wednesday at an event in Beijing. Xiaomi is pitting the new Mi Notebook Air straight up against Apple’s MacBook air by offering a combination of sleek looks and frame, decent hardware specs and more importantly an aggressive pricing. The Mi Notebook Air will be available in two variants: 12.5-inch and 12.3-inch. While the 12.5-inch variant has been priced at 3,499 RMB (roughly Rs 35,257) the 13.3-inch model will cost buyers 4,999 RMB (roughly Rs 50,372).


The notebook was leaked on numerous occasions and talked about in the past


The Mi Notebook Air runs on Windows 10 and comes in two size variants including a powerful 13.3-inch version and a portable 12.5-inch. Both the notebooks feature a slim design and a 1080p display with slim under-glass bezels. There is a backlit keyboard, a USB Type-C charging port, a very Apple like metallic design and two colour variants (gold and silver).

The 13.3-inch model comes with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor which can go up to 2.7GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU. There is 8GB of DDR4 RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, 256GB SSD storage and an extra SATA slot for further expansion. The battery is said to last 9.5 hours, and can be charged to upto 50 percent in just half an hour using the bundled USB Type-C charger. The laptop is indeed slim at just 14.8mm thick with a weight of just 1.28kg.


As for the more nimble 12.5-inch model, it is even lighter at 1.07kg and 12.9mm thickness. It runs on an Intel Core M3 CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Just like its larger brother, it gets an extra PCIe slot for an additional drive. There is only one USB 3.0 port but you still get the HDMI port and the battery squeezes out two hours of extra time.

Xiaomi’s notebooks have a full-sized keyboard with backlit keys with up to 1.3mm keystroke depth. These boast of an all-metal build with a logo-less exterior and clean minimalistic design. The notebooks can be additionally personalised with stickers and sleeves (available in leather, PU leather and Microfibre) sold separately. The notebooks also come with AKG custom grade dual speakers and support Dolby digital surround sound.


Additionally, the Mi Notebook also supports Mi Cloud sync and unlocks with the Mi Band 2.