Xiaomi made their debut on the PC front, as the company unveiled their first laptop the Mi Notebook Air on Wednesday. The speculations were going on for a long time and finally the Chinese company has announced the laptop which will come with an all metal body. The makers have also ensured that they are competing with Apple and also showcase comparison with their ultraportable laptop MacBook Air.
The Mi Notebook Air has been launched in two variants, differentiating in size with each other. The bigger, 13.3-inch model has been priced at CNY 4,999 (almost Rs. 51,400) while the 12.5-inch model has been priced at CNY 3,499 (almost Rs. 35,300).
The 13.3-inch model flaunts a full-HD resolution, with a 5.59mm-thick bezel. Xiaomi also claims that although both Mi Notebook Air and MacBook Air comes with the same display size, the former one bears an 11-percent smaller body than the latter one. Not only that, but the Notebook Air is also thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air. While the Notebook Air is just 14.8 mm thick and weighs 1.28 kg, the MacBook Air is 17mm thick and weighs 1.35 kg. Dimension wise, this newly launched laptop measures 309.6×210.9×148.8mm.
Both variants of Mi Notebook Air runs on Windows 10 and the bigger model houses sixth generation Intel Core i5 processor, clubbed with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD. The device also comes with a second slot for an SSD drive. According to the company claims, the laptop is capable of providing a 9.5-hour battery life and also has the quick charging facility to charge 50 percent in just half an hour.
If we talk about the specifications of the 12.5-inch, smaller version of the Mi Notebook Air, the gadget is powered by an Intel Core M3 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SATA SSD along with a second SSD slot. The laptop is 12.9mm thick and weighs only 1.07kg. Although this variant is thinner than the MacBook Air, it is heavier than the Apple’s flagship laptop, which weighs 0.92kg. MacBook Air also comes with a smaller display size of 12-inch. According to Xiaomi, the 12.5-inch model provides an 11.5-hour battery life.
Apart from the incredible features, the Mi Notebook Air also sports an edge-to-edge glass protection, a full-sized keyboard with backlit keys, laminated display to reduce glare and a 1.3mm stroke depth. On the audio front, the laptop comes with AKG dual speakers and Dolby Digital surround sound. Both variants of the device include a USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, both pairs of Mi Notebook Air features Mi Cloud Sync, which allows the users to sync their phone contacts, gallery, messages, notes, and other important data.
Another interesting feature the company is touting about the Mi Notebook Air is that the laptop can be unlocked via the Mi Band 2, with the help of the laptop’s Bluetooth v4.1 connectivity. The device will be available in two colour models, Gold & Silver. Users can also customise and give a personal touch to their Mi Notebook Air laptops, by buying the official sticker accessories for the hood. There three different types of accessories are available, and they are Microfiber Sleeve (CNY 69 or almost Rs. 700), PU Leather Sleeve (CNY 99 or almost Rs. 1,000), Leather Sleeve (CNY 299 or almost Rs. 3,000).