Xiaomi Notebook Air: Is It a Macbook Killer?

Xiaomi is known to announce multiple products at their launch events. In addition to announcing the Redmi Pro, the Chinese company announced its new laptop line called the Mi Notebook Air which run Windows 10.

The Mi Notebook Air

There are two versions available in this line currently, with a 13.3 inch version and a 12.5 inch version. The two variants feature a slim form factor with a 1080p (1920 x 1080) screen resolution, slim under-glass bezels, a 1 MP camera which they somehow added with the tiny bezels, a backlit keyboard, a USB type-C port for charging as well as metallic designs. Curiously, the laptops don’t have any logo on the outside.

The 13.3 inch version is 14.28 millimeters thick and weighs in at 1.28 Kilograms. It houses an Intel Core i5-6200U processor with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and an Nvidia GTX 940MX with 1GB memory. It also has a 256GB SSD installed in the PCIe slot for more read and write speeds with an extra SATA slot for expansion which can only be serviced by Xiaomi. It costs 4,999 Yuan or Rs. 78,545.

It also happens to be thinner and lighter than the 13 inch Macbook Air on top of having a 40 Wh battery which lasts 9.5 hours according to Xiaomi and also supports fast charging via the USB type-C port and can go from 0 to 50% battery in just half an hour.


The Cheaper Mi Notebook

The smaller 12.5 inch Mi Notebook takes it to the next level by being even thinner and lighter than the 13.3 inch version with a thickness of 12.9 millimeters and weighing 1.07 Kilograms.

With lower price however the specs are also less beefy compared to the the bigger Mi Notebook. It contains an Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and no dedicated GPU. It does however have a free PCIe slot which you can upgrade via Xiaomi later on. There’s just one USB 3.0 port compared with two on the 13.3 inch Mi Notebook.

The good thing about the cheaper variant is that you get two more hours of time out of your battery for the 12.5 inch Mi Notebook. It costs 3,499 Yuan or Rs. 54,977.

Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air is launching in China on August 2nd. There is no information on when it’ll be available in Pakistan or when Xiaomi officially launches any other product in Pakistan. We will keep you posted on when they do.

A techie, Overwatch and Street Fighter enthusiast, and Editor at ProPakistani.

  • 12.5 Inch seems like a hot cake for people like me in that price…! so…
    12.5 inch display
    12.9 mm thickness
    1.07 kg weight
    USB 3.0
    10+ Hours Battery Backup
    and Percfely Priced at 55,000 … against the Macbook 2016 Edition…

    WHAT ELSE a Layman or a Student will need? It seems a great deal indeed with modrate specs..!
    and for poweruseres… the big bro 13.3 will do the deal…

    and a plus point against the Dell XPS 13 is its camera is up there rather then lower left corner…

    Great Think if it does not over heats and performes well on benchmarks..

    Looking forward to get it soon…

    • A student want more processing power which is not there ! (core m3)
      powerhouse wont go for dual core and will go for quad core again not present ,
      It if good for multimedia purpose(movies etc) other wise not a good deal

      • Unless you are into software developing game developing or high end media processing… for regular students who dont have Computer Science etc. as their major subject i think its going to do the job.. like MBA BBA or Elctircal or Civil Eng. or MBBS etc. .. and many others like it and it will rock form 1st year 2nd year college students till they study a couple of semisters and really need the beast…

        what i was talking was from the point of view of average Pakistani family who can barely spare a 50,000 for a laptop for thier child..

        I have seen uptill now Warid Officals and SAMA TV etc. still using Core2Dou and all for thier work so Core M3..

        and if its Intel-Core-i5-4300U vs Intel-Core-M3-6Y30 … Core M outsmarts i5 with 0.3 points.. more according to cupboss

        and Intel Core i5-6200U processor with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and an Nvidia GTX 940MX with 1GB memory, 256GB SSD in PCIe slot wont bite most of the programmers and powerusers…

        and in age of 4K 2K i think its just “alright” to have 1080p for movies…

        • 1. they can use core2due because their purpose is specific for example ATM machines have Pentium 2/3/4 PC which is obsolete but it serve their purpose , But for home it should be multipurpose thus require more powerful machine
          2. because of price I said it is expensive for general purpose you can get 6th gen i5 , 15 inch laptop in 42k approx (increasing RAM + SSD) will cost around 50k . Still better machine .
          Note: When reading Ebooks, Writing articles it is easier to see on big screen compare to smaller one .

          • dude….. y yo no see looks bro? 13.2 mm macbook 2015/2016 and 12.9 mm so thinner lighter easy to carry with a mighty battery backup…. your 50k laptop would be bulky and with a battery not even half of 11.5 and mostly not full metal body …
            laptops were went to hand carry and we all know tha 3kg laptop won’t make it i travel all the time and have had all kinds of laptops… almost 1 kg laptop..? in these specs (78k for higher end or 554 for lower?) shutup and take my money!

      • unless your student is testing security systems for a top IT security firm , he’ll be ABSOLUTELY fine with this …

        can’t believe people are not appreciating this fantastic revelation !

  • Apple and iOS is an experience which cannot be replaced by Windows platform. Having said that I have been a great fan of Xiaomi having used a few of its handsets as well as being a current user of it’s Mi Band. Here’s hoping that they enter Pakistan via official channels so the product may be priced aggressively.

    • can your iOS run AAA pc games … ??
      *crickets make noise*
      thats what i thought , casual !

  • WAY better than any stupid macbook !

    that price is the killer factor imo … you can even play a few games on medium settings with respectable fps courtesy of the discrete GT940 GPU !

  • I want to buy tablet from Aliexpress. I have bought some electronic stuff from Aliexpress lately but it did not cots more than 60$ and reached me without any custom clearance. So I’m a bit hesitant to order a pricey tablet.
    Anybody having experience of buying a laptop or tablet from Aliexpress, please suggest.
    Will the tablet reach me without custom clearance.
    Of course it would not have GSM module.

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