Xiaomi is not afraid to tell it like it is. While Huawei is aggressively trying to overthrow Apple, Xiaomi is more likely to learn from the company in the hope of offering something equally good, if not better, at a more convenient price. That’s why they confessed that the new Notebook Pro was inspired by MacBook Pro #hardwaremagic
At the beginning of the week, Xiaomi launched another contender to Apple’s laptops. If Notebook Air went against MacBook Air last summer, Notebook Pro is challenging MacBook Pro. We’re talking about a 15-inch notebook with 16GB of RAM (just like the bigger model of MacBook Pro) and with a design that reminds us of Apple’s gem without a doubt.
That said, Xiaomi isn’t ashamed to say that MacBook Pro is a source of inspiration for them. In fact, at their event this week, founder Lei Jun stated that “many of the engineers in my company love MacBook Pro, that’s why we looked at MacBook Pro when we designed Mi Notebook Pro.”
Unlike MacBook Pro though, this one is equipped with Intel’s 8-th generation i7 processor (the latest one), up to 1TB SSD of storage and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. Xiaomi says it has built a special cooling system for it “in order to get temperature evenly distributed and maintained”and has embedded a fingerprint sensor in the right corner of the track pad.
That’s not the only thing they improved. While Apple’s laptop features only four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, Xiaomi’s Notebook Pro comes with two USB Type-C ports, two regular USB ports, a HDMI port and an SD card slot. The headphone jack is also present.
Oh, and can you guess how much does this cost? In China, the Notebook Pro version with 16GB of RAM will sell for 6,999 yuan (roughly $1,070). You should know there’s even a cheaper version, with 8GB of RAM, to hit the market at 6,399 yuan (approximately $980). Comparatively, Apple’s cheapest 15-inch, 16GB MacBook Pro costs $1,999… For now, Xiaomi’s laptop will sell only in China.