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Xiaomi Mi Laptop Air Is The Most Shameless MacBook Clone Yet

Today, I opened up a box that looks like it should hold a MacBook inside.

Not only does the MacBook-lookalike on the front of the box sport a desktop background that I'd bet is one of the stock images on Apple's site, but its placed without any names or labels on a white background, on a box that looks identical to the ones that MacBooks ship in today.

Can you guess which one is a MacBook and which one isn't? Spoiler: the top box contains the clone.

Instead of a MacBook, though, this box contains Xiaomi's latest notebook, the 13.3-inch Mi Laptop Air. We expect this notebook to release on August 21 for $899, and during my brief time with it, I saw some neat features.

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The Mi Laptop Air (what a mouthful) has a decent array of input options, with a USB Type-C port, dual USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack. While I wish the Type-C port was Thunderbolt 3, this amount of options beats the Type-C-only MacBook Pro and the MateBook X Pro, which has no HDMI-out. 

All you get inside is the Mi Laptop Air and its charger brick.

Also, the most-shocking element was the absence of a logo on the lid, which is a major pro if you ask me.  Also, look at that $899 price. While it's not "super affordable," it's $100 cheaper than the cheapest MacBook Air ($999).

And unlike that Air, it sports a modern 8th Generation Intel Core i5 CPU, with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. You'd need to spend $1,199 to get a MacBook Air with that much storage and memory, and those MacBooks sport outdated 5th-Gen Intel CPUs.

So, hey, Apple: your imitators are on your tail, and they're beating you on price and specs. Hope those rumors of a new "entry-level" MacBook are true.

Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.