Meet the Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi’s first Windows 10 laptop

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Xiaomi unveiled its Mi Notebook, its first Windows 10 laptop, with an official announcement at an event in China, finally putting an end to all the rumors that swirled about the company’s plans for laptop.

At the event, the Chinese manufacturer introduced two models: the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air and a 13.3-inch variant. They both come complete with a sexy metal chassis and a single USB Type-C port situated on its side.

The 13.3-inch Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is powered by an Intel i5-6200U processor and features 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Thanks to its 9.5-hour battery life, this laptop can stay powered through the entire day. The notebook also features a couple of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a backlit keyboard, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics chip for far better graphicality capability versus other laptop. This version is priced at $750.

The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air is slightly less powerful. It’s equipped with a Core M3 processor and sports 4GB of RAM and a 128GB of SSD storage. It weighs 2.35 lbs/1.07 kg and its battery offers an impressive 11.5-hour. You’ll be able to buy the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air for $525.

For the time being, no information is available about the release date of the two notebooks outside China. In addition, there’s another model expected to retail for $1,000 which has not yet been officially announced. This is known as the Pro model, and we should look forward to it coming with an Intel Core i7 6700HQ Skylake CPU, NVIDIA GTX 970M video card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 512GB SSD storage.

We are not surprised that Xiaomi is capable of selling such a device for $1,000. The company is known to sell quality smartphones at approachable prices. If we look at what Dell, HP, and other OEMs are doing when it comes to computers with similar specs to the Mi Notebook, then it’s clear Xiaomi can disrupt the market should it aggressively market this system to the masses. A laptop with a NVIDIA 970M graphic card going for $1,000 is a steal, and a huge problem for larger players in the industry.

Xiaomi entering the market with such an aggressive maneuver could ultimately help Microsoft in its bid to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10.


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