Though it had been rumored to be in the pipelines for long, Chinese smartphone and smart device maker Xiaomi surprised tech watchers by unveiling Mi Notebook Air, the company’s first foray into the laptop market.
The new laptop comes in two sizes — 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch — with the larger one measuring just 30cm x 21cm x 14.8 mm and an apparent weight of 1.28kg. The Chinese company said the Mi Notebook Air is thinner (13 percent) than its equivalent Macbook Air, and 11 percent smaller than its rival thanks to a 5.56 mm bezel. Under the hood, the larger model boasts an Intel Core i5 Processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD, and an expandable SSD slot. For games, there is a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card.
Those specs slip a little for the smaller model, which includes an Intel Core M3 processor with integrated graphics, 4GB RAM and 128GB in expandable SSD. Running Windows with a full-HD display, full-metal body and type-C USB charging and two USB slots, both machines have a full-sized individually backlit.The company’s ‘Xiaomi Sync’ software is pre-installed to pair data from a Xiaomi smartphone, and you can unlock the laptop using a Mi Band wearable. The starting price is around $540, for the 12.5-inch model with the larger, flagship model coming in at $750. It is expected to go on sale in China on 2 august.