Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is now official, and you'll want to buy one
At an event in Beijing, Xiaomi unveiled its first Windows 10 notebook, the Mi Notebook Air. The Chinese vendor is going after the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, claiming that the Mi Notebook Air is 13% thinner at 14.8mm and 11% smaller while managing to offer a similar sized screen.
The Mi Notebook Air features a brushed aluminium body, a laminated 13.3-inch Full HD display with edge-to-edge glass, sixth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia 940MX video card. The notebook weighs 1.28 kilos (2.82 lb), and has dimensions of 309.6 x 210.9 14.8 mm. Xiaomi is claiming a battery life of 9.5 hours on a full charge, and the ability to gain a 50% charge in just 30 minutes.
You also get backlit keys with 1.3mm travel, and in terms of connectivity, the Mi Notebook Air offers two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI, one 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB-C port. Oh, and there's no Xiaomi branding at the front, but you can customize the front of the notebook with stickers. While Xiaomi is selling the notebook under its own moniker, it is made by one of its ecosystem partners called Tian Mi.
The notebook will retail starting August 2 for ¥4,999, or $750. There's also a 12.5-inch model powered by the Core M processor that will retail for ¥3,999 ($525). With the Chinese notebook segment slated to shrink by 10.4% this year (according to IDC analyst Bryan Ma), it remains to be seen if Xiaomi can attract enough consumer attention in its home market for the Mi Notebook Air.
No mention as of now regarding availability outside China, but we'll let you know as soon as we hear more. Who's interested in the Mi Notebook Air?
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.