We’ve heard the rumours going around for quite a while, and it’s finally official - Xiaomi has just announced a laptop that bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple's line of laptops. As if the name wasn't indication enough.
At 1.28kg light and 14.8mm thin, the 13.3-in Mi Notebook Air is built to fit into the fullest of backpacks without ripping its seams. The 12.5" variant weighs 1.07kg and is an even skinnier 12.9mm. You’ll be forgiven for not being able to identify the Mi Notebook Air from a MacBook/MacBook Air line-up because aside from its lid missing a logo attached, it’s not hard to mistake one for the other.
Under the 13.3-in's hood, the Mi Notebook Air is packing an Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card, and a battery that will last up to 9.5 hours on a single charge, and be half charged in a matter of 30 minutes. Running Windows 10 Home, the 13.3" Mi Notebook Air comes with 8GB DD4 RAM and 256GB solid state drive.
On the other hand, the 12.5" is equipped with an Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD. It lasts even longer, giving users up to 11.5 hours of Netflix and chill time.
Need more space? Both variants come with expandable slots to give another 256GB and 128GB of sweet, sweet storage to the 13.3" and 12.5" respectively.
While Xiaomi’s quick to compare the Mi Notebook Air to the MacBook Air, its real competition is Apple’s latest MacBook given that the Air hasn’t received the refresh we’ve all been waiting for. Except the Mi Notebook Air has way more ports (HDMI, 2 USB 3.0, USB-C) than the MacBook’s sad and lonely USB-C port.
It really is kind of the best of both MacBook and MacBook Air worlds.
And this is the real kicker - the Mi Notebook Air only costs CNY3499 (S$715) for the 12.5-in and CNY4999 (S$1020) for the 13.3-in. Even Tim himself would call that undeniable value.
However, you know the drill. It's only available in China for now, so put aside your credit card. We're in for a wait, if it ever arrives.