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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – A Budget Competitor to MacBook Air has Finally Arrived

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air

Have you ever thought that your much wished-for Macbook Air can actually have a competitor in its own turf, I mean in respect of slim lightweight design, high fidelity display, and awesome performance? Well, this time, a notebook product from an emerging Chinese brand made that competition real and much of it happened really to our advantage. Yes, Xiaomi Mi Notebook besides being rich in features is also much ahead of all its competitors including Macbook Air in the price range.

How far Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air can really be compared to the Macbook Air? No, obviously we are not talking about the price but the specs and feature set only. Yes, this new device which has just been launched in China took several cues from the MacBook Air of Apple. Besides, it is presently the cheapest Notebook Air among all other products with the comparative price range.

Ultra Slim & Lightweight Design

Xiaomi came up with two different sizes for its Mi Notebook Air, respectively as 12.5-inch and 13.3 inches. Following the various examples of ultra-thin portable and lightweight laptops that are at present coming with an ‘Air’ tag, both these models are ultra thin and extremely lightweight. The 13.3 inch model is actually thinner and lighter than even the 13-inch MacBook Air of Apple while the 12.5-inch model is still thinner but slightly heavier compared to the 11-inch Macbook Air from Apple.

It is undoubtedly a great feat by the Chinese manufacturer as far as design excellence is considered. Both the sizes of the Mi Notebook Air will be available in two colors, respectively as silver or gold.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – Rich Features and Specs

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is loaded with sophisticated features and solid specs. Both the versions offer pretty awesome display, impressive specs, and IoT features to allow unlocking from connected wearable device.

Full HD Display: Both Mi Notebook Air sizes offer Full HD displays with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel count. That equates to a pixel density of 176 pixels per inch (PPI) on the 12.5-inch model and 165 ppi on the 13.3-inch model. The display offers a better pixel density than Macbook Air models and most of other Notebook Air models from other companies.

13.3-inch Specs

  • Intel Core i5-6200U processor (up to 2.7GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 1GB GDDR5 RAM)
  • As for Xiaomi-serviced memory expansion additionally 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, 256 GB of SSD and one SATA slot is available
  • The 40Wh battery can take charge up to 50% in less than half an hour
  • A fully charged battery can allow 9.5 hours of uninterrupted use
  • It comes with backlit keyboard, dual AKG speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, and a 1 MP webcam
  • The notebook weighs just 1.28 kg

12.5-inch Specs

  • Intel Core M3 CPU with no dedicated GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD via SATA
  • One USB 3.0 port and one HDMI port
  • Dual AKG speakers
  • The smaller model offers better battery life which is around 11.5 hours with a full charge
  • It only weighs 1.07 kg

Unlocking Xiaomi Mi Notebook with Mi Band 2: Both the notebooks can be unlocked through connected Mi Band 2 by using Bluetooth connectivity.

Cloud Advantage: Both notebooks will enjoy cloud advantage with Mi Cloud Sync so that you can easily make your contacts, messages, calendars and many other things in the Mi software ecosystem.

Pricing Cuts the Deal

Finally, when it comes to price, Xiaomi has the clear advantage over all other manufacturers offering Air notebooks with similar specs. Prices starting at $520 and $750 are at least one third cheaper than the Macbook Air models.

With the impressive price, top notch specs and unparalleled slim design, Xiaomi seems to have all that it takes to through tough competition to Apple and other manufacturers of comparable notebooks.