Xiaomi has taken a big step and has ventured into the new business domain ruled by the likes of Apple , Dell and Lenovo. There has been many leaks about the Xiaomi Mi Notebook and some came far back in 2015. Xiaomi took a long time to finally launch the 2 new Notebooks named as Xiaomi Notebook Air.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air comes in 2 screen sizes, 12.5 inch and a 13.3 inch variant.
There is no hiding the fact the Xiaomi has copied the Apple Macbook Air design and even the name, but at the same time who don’t copy apple designs. Samsung Notebook 7 , LG G Gram some of HP models and Asus Zenbook all took inspiration from the Macbook Air and Pro.
Copying is not a bad thing , Xiaomi has always bench-marked with Apple in the past and no wonder they have done it this time.
The good thing is if you can copy something and make it better or cheaper and offer great user experience to the buyers than you are adding value.
The 13.3 Inch Mi Notebook Air is the more powerful variant and is priced @ $750 (or Rs. 50,250) while the 12.5 Inch Mi NoteBook Air starts at $525 or Rs. 35250. At Rs. 35,250 it is the cheapest you get closer to a MacBook Air, which is almost twice as expensive as the Mi NoteBook.
If buyers can get the Mi Notebook Air for this price or even below Rs. 40,000, it can become a great selling product in Indian market. Also unlike US where Mac OSX is quite popular and buyers are used to it , lot of Indian buyers tend to prefer the Windows OS.
12.5 Inch Mi NoteBook Air
Coming to the New Mi NoteBook Air – The laptop comes with all metal build with aluminum finish and with a true minimalist design, Xiaomi has not even placed a logo on the outer-side of the laptop so you can customize and use a logo as per your wish. May be we can put an Apple logo and call it a day 🙂
The laptop is much thinner compared to the 13.3 Inch Macbook Air and measures just 12.9 mm. The laptop has full metal body and is feather light with 1.07 Kg weight. Xiaomi has used an edge to edge display design with thinner bezels (It has 5.59 ultra thin bezel) and display is a Full HD (1920*1080) pixels. The display also comes laminated with a coating to reduce the glare and protect eyes.
The other notable feature is that you can sync any of your Xiaomi smartphone with the NoteBook using Mi Cloud Sync feature and you can easily unlock the laptop if you are wearing a Mi health band without touching the device.
The laptop is powered by the Intel Core M3 processor which is a low power fan-less processor. We have seen Apple use a similar processor in the Macbook 2015. The laptop has very long battery life according to Xiaomi and they promise 11.5 hours of usage. It is good to keep promises though.
Xiaomi has even worked hard to make the keyboard as ergonomic and good looking as they can. The keyboard comes with individually back lit keys and the full size key caps to make it easy for you type on the device.
The laptop comes with 128 GB Sata SSD and what is really great to know is that you can expand the storage unlike the Macbook which come with fixed storage option. Buyers can add a second SSD to the slot to increase the storage capacity. A nifty cool feature which was not there even in the Dell XPS 13 or HP Spectre.
The Mi NoteBook come with 4 GB of Ram which is unfortunately the maximum you can have. There is AKG custom dual speakers to offer Dolby digital surround sound to enjoy your favorite music. It is really bang for buck as far as the pricing goes.
MI NoteBook Air 13.3 Inch
The Mi NoteBook Air 13.3 inch is the more powerful of the two laptops. It is powered by the Intel 6th Generation Core i5 Skylake Processor with turbo boost upto 2.7 GHz. The laptop comes with 8 GB of DDR4 Ram with a base clock of 2133 Mhz.
The processor is accompanied by the Nvidia GTX 940M graphics card which is really capable to play most latest PC games can run adobe applications or do video editing.
The laptop runs on the latest Windows 10 OS and comes with 256 GB of PCIE based SSD storage. The PCIE based SSD storage are much faster when compared to the traditional Sata based SSD or even the m.2 SSD. Apple has been using the PCIE based SSD in the latest Macbook. They are exceptionally fast.
The Mi NoteBook 13.3 comes with Full HD display with 1920*1080 pixels along with a thin bezel end to end design. It even has a 11% smaller body when compared to the Apple Macbook Air 13.3 inch.
The laptop comes with decent battery life and Xiaomi claims it to be 9.5 hours and also has the ability to fast charge upto 50% in just 30 minutes which is incredibly faster compared to most Apple laptops.
The Mi Laptop is thinner when compared to the MacBook Air by 13% and measures just 14.8 mm. The laptop is not only thinner but also weighs just 1.28 kg. Mi NoteBook Air also supports the Mi Cloud Sync and Mi Band unlocking.
Overall the new Mi Notebook 13.3 inch have all the right pieces fitted together in the right proportion and don’t cost an arm an leg to own.
With the new Mi NoteBook Air Xiaomi has taken a large step towards moving ahead in the direction of providing mobile computing experience to all Xiaomi fans and that too at an affordable price. It is yet not clear if the laptops which will go on sale on 2nd of August in China , will be made available in India.
We think Xiaomi will have a run away success with the laptops and hopefully they come to India sooner. Xiaomi has also launched the Xiaomi Redmi Pro at the same even in China priced at Rs. 15,000.
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