Mi Notebook Air vs MacBook Air
Xiaomi unveils MacBook Air clone called ‘Mi Notebook Air’, and it’s good.
Dubbed as the “Apple of China”, Xiaomi latest flagship product is also its first affordable yet quite powerful Windows 10 laptop.
Xiaomi doesn't give a fuzz that the laptop has an uncanny resemblance to the MacBook Air, and even drew comparisons between the Mi Notebook Air and Apple's laptop during the press conference.
Mi Notebook Air flagship model features a 13.3-inch screen, with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, 256 gigabytes of SSD storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. Plus dedicated graphics are relatively rare in laptops outside of high-performance systems built for gaming or video editing. Compared to the 12-inch MacBook, the Mi laptop is ultra-equipped connectivity-wise: Type-C USB for charging, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 3.5mm audio port. The battery life listed in specs is 9.5 hours.
A cheaper 12.5-inch model is slightly thinner and weighs 1.07 kg. It lacks the discrete graphics its higher-end bother has, it scales back specifications to include a Core M processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM, and a 128-gigabyte SSD. One benefit however is increased battery life, rated up to 11.5 hours.
Xiaomi’s new notebooks will be available in Gold and Silver beginning August 2 in China, but it’s unknown if the machines may launch internationally. That said, those interested in buying one should import it, or pick it up from a third-party on Amazon or eBay hence the product could add to Apple's competition in China, where even the 11-inch MacBook Air is 6,288 yuan ($943).