Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Overpowers Apple for Just $750

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Xiaomi has unleashed its first Windows laptops in China, and the company isn't shy about taking direct aim at Apple.

The unoriginally named Notebook Air comes in two versions clad in a smooth aluminum, one 12.5-inch model starting at about $525 and the other a 13.3-inch notebook for $750. The latter machine excites us more, as it packs something the MacBook and MacBook Air lack: discrete graphics. 

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The 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air boasts an Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU, which should deliver up to 85 frames per second when playing games like Dota 2 on the 1080p display (according to CNET). The Mi Notebook Air also features a 6th generation Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. 

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Other specs include a Type-C USB port for charging, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack. Xiaomi claims that the 40 watt-hour battery will last 9.5 hours on a charge. This beauty weighs 2.8 pounds, which is lighter than the 3-pound MacBook Air.

The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air is no slouch, either, as it offers a Core M processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD in a lighter 2.4-pound chassis. Plus, it's rated battery life is a longer 11.5 hours. Not bad for $525.

Xiaomi hasn't announced whether either Mi Notebook Air will be sold in areas other than China. But we'd like to see both models come stateside to join the likes of the Acer Aspire S 13 and Asus ZenBook 3 as affordable MacBook competitors.

 

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4 comments
  • defender Says:

    well……if chinese product really as cheap as your imagine,it won't shock the nation whose population just more than one billion……
    why not set down and waiting what happen in the future when ” small rice ” product landing US&Eur?

  • JuanSoto Says:

    16:9 aspect ratio - ugh
    Windows 10 - shriek
    Chinese quality? - lol

    Seriously, the combo of Win10 and Chinese products will give new meaning to the terms data-mining, backdoors, spyware.

    Tech sites need to start demanding transparency in addition to writing up specs. We need to stop pretending this is NOT the biggest issue in tech.

  • Hendrik Says:

    ViewRoyal, have you ever used any other Xiaomi products? They have one of the most reliable tech products(mostly phones) I have ever used. I do agree with the service availability or the lack of one in Europe/US is a headache but the quality of Xiaomi is pretty good from my experience.

  • ViewRoyal Says:

    The problem with Chinese knock-offs is if you don't look too closely (and most people don't) it seems like a good deal. It at first appears that you are getting a "high quality" laptop (or handbag, or anything else) for less money than the real thing.

    But the quality of the materials, construction, implementation, components, reliability, service, resale value, and user experience leave a lot to be desired when compared to the real high quality product that it emulates.

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