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Mi Notebook Air: Xiaomi’s First Ultra-Thin Laptop

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Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi’s first-ever laptop; an ultra-thin, ultra-light, all-metal beauty packed with Xiaomi-style innovations. It comes in two flavors: a 13.3” ultralight notebook with a dedicated high-performance graphics card, and a compact, magazine-sized 12.5” lightweight workhorse with an incredible battery life of 11.5 hours.

Mi Notebook air laptop

The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air is priced at 3,499 Yuan, which is Rs 35,300 approximately. The bigger 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air, on the other hand, is priced at 4,999 Yuan, which is Rs 50,400 approximately.

The Mi Notebook Air sports a thin full-metal body, and Xiaomi says that the laptop has been put through a Borax anodized process. The 12.5-inch variant is sized like a magazine with a thickness of 12.9mm and weighs 1.07kg. The 13.3-inch variant too is sleek with a 14.8mm thickness and weighs 1.28kg.

Mi Notebook air laptop

The Windows 10-based machine features an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.7 GHz processor paired with 8GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card and 256GB of SSD storage. It comes with a Full HD display and a full keyboard with individual backlit keys.

Mi Notebook air laptop

The laptop features an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and 3.5mm audio jack on the left, while on the right is a USB 3.0 port and USB Type-C port for charging. However, the 12.5-inch variant comes only with one USB 3.0 port.

Mi Notebook air laptop

You can sync data like contacts, messages, gallery and notes among others from your Xiaomi smartphone using Mi Cloud. The laptop also supports Bluetooth 4.1, which can be used to connect to wearables like the Mi Band 2. Speaking of which, the laptop automatically unlocks when you have a connected Mi Band 2 in its close proximity. For audiophiles, the Mi Notebook Air comes with a AKG custom grade dual speakers and supports Dolby Digital surround sound.

Mi Notebook air laptop

Surprisingly the laptops do not come with any branding on the top. In order to let users a play a little with the look of the laptop, Xiaomi has launched a few leather sleeves and laptop skins for both the variants to enable personalizing the device.

Both Mi Notebook Air variants feature a full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with edge-to-edge glass protection that prevents discoloration when touching the screen. Under the hood, the 12.5-inch variant features an Intel Core M3 processor with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB SATA SSD with expandable SSD slot. The 13.3-inch variant, on the other hand, features an Intel Core i5 sixth generation processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD with expandable SSD slot.

Mi Notebook air laptop

The Mi Notebook Air is quite portable, and boasts enough battery life that won’t have users running to a plug point every few hours. Xiaomi claims that the battery on the 12.5-inch variant is good enough to last up to 11.5 hours on a single charge, while the battery on the 13.3-inch variant is good enough for up to 9.5 hours. The battery can also be recharged quickly, and in just 30 minutes one will be able to recharge up to 50 percent of the battery.

Mi Notebook air laptop

It’ll be interesting to see how these notebooks fare in benchmarking tests in the coming days and weeks. Xiaomi has built a reputation as being capable of delivering high-quality products at a low price.

There is no word on whether Xiaomi is planning to launch the Mi Notebook Air in India.

Mi Notebook Air Specifications:

Mi Notebook Air 13.3”

– Intel Core i5 processor
– 8GB next-generation DDR4 RAM
– Expandable 256GB PCIe SSD
– NVIDIA GeForce 940MX high-performance dedicated graphics card
– Powered by Windows 10 Home
– Lightweight, full-metal body
– 9.5 hours extended battery life, supports 1C quick charging, can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes
– 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
– AKG custom grade dual speakers, supports Dolby Digital surround sound
– 5.59mm ultra-thin bezel
– Fully laminated, 1080p FHD display with edge-to-edge glass protection
– Ultra-thin, individually backlit, full-sized keyboard
– Full set of connectors: HDMI, USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C
– Supports Bluetooth 4.1 and can be unlocked with Mi Band 2
– 13.3” display, 309.6mm x 210.9mm x 14.8mm; 1.28kg
– Mi Cloud Sync ready
– Logoless exterior, clean minimalistic design
– RMB 4999

Mi Notebook Air 12.5”

– Ultra-light full metal body, 12.9mm thin, weighs only 1.07kg
– 11.5 hours battery life, supports 1C quick charging
– Intel Core M3 processor
– Expandable 128GB SATA SSD
– powered by Windows 10 Home
– 1080p FHD screen with edge-to-edge glass protection
– AKG custom dual speakers, Dolby digital surround sound
– Mi Cloud Sync ready
– RMB 3499

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