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The Xiaomi Book S 12.4 is a debut Windows detachable

Surface styling, Snapdragon power

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Xiaomi has taken a break from pumping out Android smartphones to explore the Windows world for a bit. No, Windows Phone hasn’t suddenly made a comeback: the Book S 12.4 is a Windows 11 detachable laptop, the firm’s first-ever 2-in-1 to hit the UK.

Aimed at go-anywhere workers that don’t always need a keyboard, the Book S 12.4 is a Microsoft Surface-inspired slate with built-in kickstand and stylus support. The big difference is what’s underneath. Instead of Intel or AMD silicon, Xiaomi has gone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 CPU, which it says is good for more than 13 hours of use between charges. And if you’re working that many hours a day, you’re probably not paid enough. It’s paired with a 65W gallium nitride (GaN) charger for speedy top-ups.

There’s 8GB of RAM and 256GB of on-board storage. Connectivity is limited to a single USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone port. There’s also a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front webcam and dual speakers.

The 12.4in touchscreen uses a 2560×1600 LCD panel that Xiaomi says delivers 500 nits of peak brightness and covers 100% sRGB colour gamut coverage, which should mean creative pros can get to work without worrying they aren’t getting an accurate image. It supports 10-point multi-touch and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

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The Book S 12.4 plays nicely with Xiaomi’s Smart Pen stylus, and magnetically connects to the keyboard cover which adds tenkeyless QWERTY keys and a touchpad for when productivity is paramount.

The Xiaomi Book S 12.4 is set to land in the UK this week, direct from Xiaomi or the usual online retailers. Expect to pay £649 for the tablet, with the keyboard and Smart Pen stylus available separately. There’s no word on pricing for either of the accessories just yet.

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A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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