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Xiaomi Is Challenging Apple With First Mi Notebook Air

As much as we admire Xiaomi for the latest suite of smartphones, the resemblence to Apple devices of late is getting a bit ridiculous. Simply check out the first laptop released by the Chinese giant, Mi Notebook Air (no, the name’s not the only thing that will remind you of the former Cupertino-based company) #hardwaremagic

Xiaomi’s ecosystem is expanding this time with two laptop models called Mi Notebook Air. Both have full-metal body, individually backlit keyboard, run Windows with a full-HD display, have type-C USB charging and two USB slots. The difference resides in size and what’s under the hood. The bigger one is 13.3-inch, has an Intel Core i5 Processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD, and an expandable SSD slot. Where graphic performance is concerned, you’ll deal with an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card.

As Xiaomi loved to point it out on Twitter, compare to Apple, Mi Notebook Air is thinner than an equivalent MacBook Air with 13% and smaller with 11% thanks to a smart bezel design. In numbers, that means a size of 306.9 mm x 210.9 mm x 14.8 mm with a weight of 1.2 kg.

The smaller one is 12.5 inches, comes with an Intel Core M3 processor with integrated graphics, 4GB RAM and 128GB in expandable SSD and guarantees 11.5 hours of battery life.

Since they are part of an ecosystem, you’ll notice that your notebook is ready to access data from your Xiaomi smartphone and can be unlocked with a Mi Band.

If you’re not living in China but you badly want one, go there my friend. The official launch will happen only there for now, on August 2. Mi notebooks will retail for 3599 CNY ($540) and 4,999 CNY ($750).

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