Xiaomi announced a new product category for the company with the Mi Notebook Air and many blogs are already comparing it to the MacBook Air. While there are some shared design cues between the Mi Notebook Air and the MacBook Air, it’s not a complete clone. Xiaomi’s device also hints towards the new Microsoft Surface Book. This ultra-book class laptop comes in two screen sizes: the 13.3″ and 12.5″ and they weigh 2.82 lbs and 2.36 lbs respectively. The 13.3″ is rocking an Intel Core i5 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940MX.
The 12.5″ Mi Notebook Air is powered by an Intel Core M3 with integrated graphics, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Battery life on the 13.3″ is said to be 9.5 hours on one charge and Xiaomi claims it will charge to 50% in 30 minutes. The 12.5″ battery runs a full two hours longer at 11.5 hours. Both devices will be running Windows 10 and both will have full HD displays. Pricing for the 13.3″ is $750 USD and the 12.5″ is $525 USD. These won’t be available for sale in the United States but we’re sure you can import them so expect those prices to go up with whatever import fees there may be.
Other sites like Mashable, CNET and TechCrunch are all comparing this Mi Notebook Air to the MacBook Air’s design but I really see this closer to the Surface Book look except for the hinge. Specs are respectable for the price point and the lower end model’s internals compare more to a 12″ MacBook yet is priced at less than half the price. The 13.3″ has much better specs and is still priced well below some of the competition when comparing specs.
Xiaomi’s new device will be on their store on August 2nd if you’d like to try and pick one up for yourself. What do you think of this device? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Source: Mashable
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