Xiaomi is known for its aggressively priced smartphones, but the company has not restricted itself only to this segment. It branched out into almost all sorts of tech products from smart kettle or mosquito repeller.
Now, the company has unveiled the Mi Notebook Air alongside the Redmi Pro and this marks the company's entry into the laptop segment as well. This highlight is that this device has one thing that most ultraportable laptops miss out on - a discrete graphics card that is faster than the rest.
The Macbook look alike from Xiaomi is clad in aluminum and does not have any exterior logos. It has a minimalist and clean design and there is a Mi logo that can be seen only on opening the laptop. While it is dubbed Mi Notebook Air, the laptop is made by Tian Mi, a partner of Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has announced two variants of the Mi Notebook Air - one with a 12.5-inch display that is thinner and lighter and the other with a 13.3-inch display. These devices will be available in Gold and Silver color options and the sale will start from August 2 in China.
The 12.5-inch variant of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is priced at 3,499 yuan (approx. Rs 35,000) and the 13.3-inch variant is priced at 4,999 yuan (approx. Rs 50,000). Though global availability of the Xiaomi laptop is yet to be revealed, we can expect the same to arrive in India in the coming months.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Display
The Mi Notebook Air with 12.5-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It has a 170-degree wide viewing angle, 300 nits brightness, and 50 percent NTSC color gamut. On the other hand, the 13.3-inch model has similar characteristics and the improvement is it has a better color gamut of 72 percent. Both are laminated screens that reduce glare and these have edge-to-edge glass protection.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Processor
The smaller variant of the Xiaomi laptop is powered by an Intel Core m3 6Y30 processor that can be clocked up to 2.2 GHz and it comes with Intel HD Graphics 515. The larger variant, on the other hand, is powered by Intel Core i5 6200U processor with a clock speed of up to 2.7 GHz clubbed with 1 GB NVIDIA Gefore GT 940MX graphics.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Storage
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air features 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of SATA SSD and expandable SSD slot as well. The bigger variant of the Xiaomi laptop comes bundled with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD and the expandable SSD slot.
Both the variants of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air arrive with Windows 10 operating system. This confirms the rumors of a Xiaomi and Microsoft partnership that were surfacing earlier.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Connectivity
There are features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0 port, USB Type-C port, and HDMI on the laptop. Both variants of the laptop feature 1 MP HD webcam and a digital array microphone.
Other Features of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air
There are other features such as Realtek ALC255, Dolby Audio, AKG Customized Dual 2W speakers and 3.5 mm audio jack on these laptops.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Battery
There is a 37 Wh battery in the 12.5-inch variant of the Xiaomi laptop that renders up to 11.5 hours of backup and a 40 Wh battery in the bigger variant that lasts for just 9.5 hours.
Mi Cloud Sync
Both Mi Notebook Air models feature Mi Cloud Sync that lets users sync their phone contacts, messages, gallery, notes, and other data across devices.