Xiaomi launches its first laptop: Mi Notebook Air

By: | Published: July 27, 2016 4:47 PM

Finally after a year of speculations, Xiaomi has officialy launched its first laptop today. The tech giant was holding a press conference to launch its new smartphone, "Redmi Pro" but delivered a surprise with the Mi Notebook Air.

XiaomiXiaomi said that the Mi Notebook Air is 13% slimmer than its equivalent Macbook Air, and 11% smaller due to a 5.56 mm bezel. (Reuters)

Finally after a year of speculations, Xiaomi has officialy launched its first laptop today. The tech giant was holding a press conference to launch its new smartphone, “Redmi Pro” but delivered a surprise with the Mi Notebook Air. Hugo Barra, global Vp Xiaomi introduced the laptop with a tweet earlier today. In terms of specifications, the laptop comes in two sizes – 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch costing 35k($540) and 50k($750) repectively. They include a full-HD display, full-metal body, USB charging and a couple of USB slots. ‘Xiaomi Sync’ is pre-installed for pairing data with a Xiaomi smartphone. The laptop can be unlocked using a Mi Band wearable. The 13.3-inch version of the Mi Notebook Air runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, Dolby speakers, and Windows 10 OS.

Xiaomi seems to have locked horns with Apple’s Macbook with this launch. The company said that the Mi Notebook Air is 13% slimmer than its equivalent Macbook Air, and 11% smaller due to a 5.56 mm bezel. Both the laptops include backlit keyboards and a metallic design that highly resembles Apple. the 13.3 inch laptop is said to work for nearly 9.5 hours and can be charged to upto 50 percent in less than an hour using the USB Type-C charger.

As for the 12.5 inch model, it runs on an Intel Core M3 CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Although it gets an extra PCIe slot for an extra drive. There is only one USB 3.0 port but still has a HDMI port and the battery squeezes out two hours of extra time.

As per the sales is concerned, the Mi Notebook Air will only be available in Chinese markets from 2 August with prices starting at RMB 4999 for the 13.3-inch model and RMB 3499 for the 12.5-inch model.

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