Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has decided to go head-to-head with Apple as the company launched an upgraded Notebook Air with a 12.5-inch and a 13.3-inch display along with the latest i5 processor to compete against MacBook Air starting at a price of 3,599 CNY. The upgraded Notebook Air is lighter than its predecessor, weighing only around 1.07kg. Surprisingly, the company has managed this weight even with a full-metal chassis. The new notebook also features fast charging.
This upgraded variant of the Mi Notebook Air 12.5-inch came three months after the Chinese smartphone manufacturer introduced the seventh-gen Core i5 in this laptop. Note that the previous 13.3-inch variant already features 8th generation Intel Core chipset.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12.5-inch (2019) Prices and Release
The new Mi Notebook Air will have a display of 12.5-inch and it went on sale in the home market since yesterday 28 March. Released in two colors including Gold and Silver, the notebook will have three different storage and processor variants. The first Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12.5-inch will sport an Intel Core m3 chipset with 128GB SSD where it will be priced at CNY 3,599. Next will feature an Intel Core m3 chipset with 256GB SSD with a price tag of CNY 3,999. The last one will have an Intel Core i5 CPU coupled with 256GB SSD priced at CNY 4,299.
We still do not have any information about the global launch of these devices including India.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12.5-inch (2019) Specification
A no-logo and all metal-chassis design is the go-to tag for Xiaomi’s upgraded launch of Mi Notebook Air. Sporting a 12.5-inch display with 1080×1920 pixels of resolution, the device is lighter than MacBook Air weighing only 1.07kg in total. Xiaomi also highlighted its fast-charging support quite widely, stating that the device can get 50 percent charged in just 50 minutes. The Mi Notebook Air packs DTS Surround Sound support with three Harman speakers to give users an impeccable music experience.
Under the roof, the latest Intel processor will be coupled with 8GB RAM. Moreover, there will be a USB Type-C port, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, full-size backlit keyboard, and 3.5mm audio jack. To make sure that users just have to plug-and-use the device, Xiaomi offers a full Windows 10 Home edition in the laptop-cum-notebook.
Summary: Entering the Notebook world with Mi Notebook Air last year, the Chinese smartphone maker hinted at the future. Now upgrading the same device shows that Xiaomi is dedicated to capturing the budget laptop market too.