Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi recently released its Mi Notebook Air, a $750 MacBook rival that promises similar performance at half the price.
Is the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air really as sleek as it looks? How do you buy it in the United States? Find out today as we review the Mi Notebook Air.
What Is It?
Over the past few years, Xiaomi – which once exclusively made smartphones – has branched into a number of different segments of the tech industry. It recently launched a drone, for example, and has released a number of items under the “Mi Ecosystem” brand name – including rice cookers and other IoT-like products.
The Mi Notebook Air is expected to play a role in the Mi Ecosystem, which means you may be able to control everything from your rice cooker to your TV seamlessly through the Mi Notebook Air.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the tech specs on the Mi Notebook Air.
-Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 940MX
-Processor: Intel Core i5
-Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD with expandable SATA SSD slot
-RAM: 8GB DDR4 RAM
-Connectivity: 801.11ac Wi-Fi
-Battery Life: Lasts 9.5 hours on a single charge, charges to 50% in 30 minutes
-Dimensions: 309.6 x 210.9 x 14.8mm
-Ports: Type-C USB (for charging), 2x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI
There’s also a 12.5 inch version of the Mi Notebook Air, which offers similar tech specs with some small differences. The smaller version comes with 11.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, the Intel Core m3 processor with integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB expandable SSD. So basically, the two laptops look the same – but are fundamentally different in terms of tech specs.
Both sizes of the Mi Notebook Air are available in gold and silver colors.
Currently Available for Sale in China
The Mi Notebook Air launched this week in China. So far, Xiaomi doesn’t have any plans to release the laptop in the United States – although they’ve been slowly trying to break into the lucrative North American market for some time.
The main thing stopping Xiaomi from entering the United States is – as you may have guessed – patent infringement lawsuits. Will Apple really allow a Chinese laptop manufacturer to use the term “Air” when marketing its laptop to US consumers? Probably not.
I mean, just take a look at the laptop. It’s very similar to the MacBook Air. Apple isn’t going to allow that in America (especially since Xiaomi has already faced a lot of heat for making phones that look suspiciously similar to an iPhone).
So unless Xiaomi makes some significant changes, we wouldn’t expect the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air to appear stateside anytime soon.
In any case, if you have a Chinese source, you can pick up the Mi Notebook Air at a price of around 5,000 Chinese yuan ($750 USD).