Xiaomi’s £570 Windows laptop is half the price of a Macbook Air – but with better specs – Mirror.co.uk
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has entered the laptop race and launched a Windows 10 notebook to rival Apple’s mighty Macbook Air – but at half the price.
Called the Mi Notebook Air, there’s no doubt what the name was inspired by, but one thing Chinese electronics company Xiomi didn’t rip off was the price.
Costing $750 (£570) for the 13.3in model, the Mi Notebook Air is almost half the price of the 13in Macbook Air, with slightly better specifications.
Powered by a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U, which can be increased up to 2.7GHz in Turbo mode alongside 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD, the Mi Notebook Air has almost identical specifications when compared to the £999 13-inch Macbook Air .
However, it also boasts an Nvidia Geforce 940MX dedicated graphics cards – something the Intel HD Graphics 6000-powered £999 Macbook Air lacks . This suggests the Mi Notebook Air, would be better at handling performance-demanding video games.
In terms of size and weight, Xiaomi’s 13-inch notebook also comes up trumps, measuring 14.8mm thick and weighing 1.28kg, whereas Apple’s Air measures 17mm thick and weighs 1.35kg.
However, Apple’s Macbook might win in terms of battery life. The Macbook Air claims to last up to 12 hours during wireless web use, while Xiaomi is claiming a just 9.5 hours of battery life.
For connectivity, both devices are quite similar offerings: 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack.
However, for now, Xiaomi’s Windows 10 device, which features a USB Type-C port for charging, only has a release date in China.
If you’re desperate for one, importing might be your only option, which could push the price up significantly.
If or when it does officially hit the UK market, its aluminium body could arrive in a choice of two glamorous colours – gold and silver – and come with a backlit keyboard.
The Mi Notebook Air ships in China on August 2. We’ll keep you updated on a UK release.