China’s Xiaomi has already made quite a name for itself in the Mobile business for its products which do not burn a hole in your pocket, unlike ‘certain’ other Mobile phone giants. (Starts with an A ends with an E, any guesses?)
Now, they’ve decided to venture into the Laptop market with their Mi Notebook Air.
The Laptop market in China is not the best but Xiaomi is positive that the MI Notebook Air can prove to be a game changer.
About the MI Notebook Air
Its USP is its price. Available for about $750 or Rs 50,000, it’s definitely budget friendly.
The curtains on the new laptop were raised at recent press event in Beijing alongside the dual-camera wielding Redmi Pro. The 13.3 inch Notebook is notably sleek.
- Intel Core i5-6200U, up to 2.7GHz
- 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
- 3-inch, full-HD (1,920×1,080-pixels)
- 309 by 210.9 by 14.8 mm; 1.28 kg (2.82 pounds)
- Type-C USB for charging, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 3.5mm audio port
- 40Wh battery, 9.5 hours
(3500 Yuan is about $530 or Rs 35,000 which is the price of the 12.5-inch basic model)
The Notebook Air is definitely aesthetic, with many comparing it to apple’s MacBook in terms of looks. It’s also considerably cheaper than other laptops at its level.
Apart from its attractive price and elegant looks, it easily has the edge in gaming.
It has superior internal gaming hardware compared to other rival laptops.
With an inbuilt graphics card, Nvidia GeForce 940MX to be exact, Xiaomi claims that you can play games like Dota 2 at 85 frames-per-second at full-HD resolution on its Notebook Air.
It also boasts of a 256GB solid state drive and 8GB of RAM along with an additional SATA slot to boost storage by up to a further 256GB.
It also matches other Laptops in most of the categories and even beats a few in some.
Its battery life of 9.5 hours is quite low compared to its rivals. Also, according to experts, there are several areas of improvement.
For example, the flex of the Notebook at the keyboard area. It just does not seem quite as solid as the other high-end laptops.
All in all, The Notebook Air gives you value for money and can hold its own even amongst the more established products and companies.
It gets a healthy three and a half stars from us.
The Mi Notebook Air is set to launch in China on 2nd August 2016. But Xiaomi has still not made any announcements regarding global availability, so you’ll have to wait for the updates if you already could not wait to get your hands on it.
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