Xiaomi’s first laptop is the $750 Mi Notebook Air
It wouldn’t be a Xiaomi event if it was just announcing one product. In addition to the new Redmi Pro smartphone, the Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, running on Windows 10. It comes in two sizes — the powerful 13.3-inch and the portable 12.5-inch — and both feature a slim body, a 1080p display with slim under-glass bezels (while still managing to fit in a 1-megapixel webcam), a backlit keyboard, a USB Type-C charging port plus a minimalistic metallic design — in gold or silver, naturally — with no logo on the outside.
The announcement of the laptops came at an event where Xiaomi also rolled out a new smartphone, the Redmi Pro, a dual rear camera OLED phone. Xiaomi badly needs a new flagship phone as it has seen market share decline from 14.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 9 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to data from IDC.
The key features of the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air are a Nvidia GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card, Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB PCIe SSD with expandable SATA SSD slot, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It is said to last 9.5 hours on a single charge, charges 50 percent in 30 minutes, and weighs 1.28 kilogram and measures 309.6 x 210.9 x 14.8 millimeters. It features Type-C USB for charging, and two USB 3.0 ports and a single HDMI interface.
The 12.5-inch version weighs 1.07 kilograms and has battery life of 11.5 hours on a single charge. It runs the Intel Core m3 processor with integrated graphics and has 4GB of RAM and 128GB expandable SSD. The devices come in gold and silver colors.