Xiaomi updates the Mi Notebook Air with Kaby Lake processor, fingerprint sensor
The Mi Notebook Air gets refreshed for 2017 with performance upgrades.
Xiaomi launched the Mi Notebook Air last July, and the manufacturer is rolling out a refresh for 2017 with updated processors and new hardware additions. Xiaomi is offering two variants of the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air — a high-end version with a seventh-gen Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U processor clocked at 3.5GHz, and a model with a 3.1GHz Core i5-7200U CPU. That translates to a 10% increase in performance.
The Mi Notebook Air now features a fingerprint sensor that's located at the top right corner of the trackpad, which according to Xiaomi lets you unlock the laptop in two seconds. The 13.3-inch variants offer 8GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133MHz, and you can choose from either 128GB or 256GB of NVMe SSD storage. Xiaomi is also offering discrete graphics in the form of an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
The notebook also has a 1MP webcam for video calls, Wi-Fi ac 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1, two USB 3.0 ports, USB-C port for charging, HDMI out, and a 3.5mm jack. Xiaomi has retained the custom-tuned AKG dual speakers, and the display at Full HD is also the same. The Mi Notebook Air now measures 309.6 x 210.9 x 14.8mm, and comes in at 2.86lbs, and Xiaomi is touting a 9.5-hour battery life from the 40Wh battery.
Xiaomi is selling the variant with a Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage for ¥4,999 ($735), with the model offering 256GB storage retailing for ¥5,499 ($810). The high-end version with a Core i7-7500U, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage will be available for ¥5,999 ($880). Like the first-gen Mi Notebook Air, it's unlikely the refreshed version will be launching outside of China.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.
I wish they'd make a 2-in-1.
FHD screen; no mention of touchscreen so I assume it does not have one. I wonder if it offers a backlit keyboard. The keyboard looks like a US based one. Is that standard in China?
These are yen right? I think you're missing an extra digit in the yen cause otherwise they'd be in the 70-80$ range.
I think it is Yuan (CNY), not Yen (JPY)
That's a sexy looking laptop with a good balance between specs and power. Could just run the screen at 100% scaling and not have to worry about the massive migraines these newer machines inflict unless you run them at 200-300% scaling.
The gpu is basically a 940mx.
Ahh almost perfect but 8gb ram!! seriously Also 3:2 screen would have been far better Still searching for my next notebook... (nvidia gpu necessary)