Xiaomi’s First Laptop Is A Powerful Macbook Air Competitor


#Xiaomi #LaptopXiaomi’s First Laptop Is A Powerful Macbook Air Competitor : Chinese smartphone giant, Xiaomi, is best known for its range of cheap-but-solid smartphones. In recent years however, the company has diversified its offerings immensity adding everything from a rice cooker to smart luggage, TV’s and even an air purifier.

At an event on Wednesday in Beijing, the company announced that it would be entering yet another vertical with the launch of the company’s first ever laptop, the Mi Notebook Air.

The new range, which will be running Microsoft Windows 10, will come in two varieties: a 13.3 inch variant for the power user and a 12.5 inch variant for people looking for a more ultra-portable option. Both devices will run 1080p full-HD displays and come in a gold or silver machined full-metal body.

Both devices will be using new USB type-C ports and come with a full-sized backlit keyboard as well as the usual assortment of USB 3.0 and display ports that such a machine is expected to have.

As for the two variants of the device, the 13.3 inch and the 12.5 inch, the differences are actually pretty pronounced. The 13.3 inch Mi Notebook Air is definitely made for people who want more oomph from their ultrabooks.

The device packs an Intel Core i5 processor , 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. In a unique twist that separates this particular variant of the Mi Notebook Air from its competitors like the Razer Blade Stealth, the Apple Macbook Air and the Asus UX306.

The 13.3 inch Mi Notebook Air comes with a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card. This should allow the laptop to actually be halfway decent when tackling video heavy applications like gaming.

The 12.5 inch is a much more subdued device, lacking the discrete graphics of its bigger sibling along with a smaller 128GB solid state drive, 4GB of Ram and a relatively slower Intel Core-M processor. The upside of this is that the 12.5 inch variant weighs in at 2.36 pounds as opposed to the 13.3 inch’s 2.82 pounds. Source: forbes