Xiaomi has been running out of chill lately. Both the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3 garnered quite a lot of attention when they first came out. However, they are not the only devices that the Chinese tech giant announced. Meet the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, or in the company’s own words: “a great answer to the MacBook Pro”.
Apple’s design is clearly working for them, and also for their competitors. Their MacBook line had been the obvious inspiration of the other Windows laptop designs. Several examples include Huawei’s MateBook X, ASUS’ ZenBook line, and even the locally branded Starmobile Engage Aura.
But probably the MacBook’s biggest fan is Xiaomi. It started with the Mi Notebook Air and its updates. And even up to now, as the brand introduces the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro — evidently, Xiaomi and Window’s answer to the MacBook Pro. Xiaomi is claiming that their Mi NoteBook Pro has an identical offering with the MacBook Pro, but for a more affordable price.
It has a 15.6-inch display with ultra-thin bezels. This 1080p panel is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for ensured durability. But more than that, it also sports a MacBook-ish design. It has a “Dark gray minimalist design”.
Inside it’s being powered by Intel’s 8th-Gen processors, a NVIDIA MX150 graphics card, and 8GB/16GB RAM configurations. It’s also rigged with NVMe SSD for ultra-fast data speeds.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Specs
- Windows 10 Home Edition
- 15.6-inch FHD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, ~142ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Intel 8th-Gen Core i5-8250U / i7-8550U / i7-8550U quad-core processors
- 8GB/17GB 2400mAh dual channel memory
- NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, 2GB GDDR5
- 256GB PCIe SSD, expandable via M.2 SATA
- Full-size keyboard, backlit
- Harman Infinity dual speakers
- Dolby Atmos
- Fingerprint scanner
- 720p webcam
- Intel 2 x 2 WiFi
- WiFi 802.11ac, dual-band
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 2x USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.0
- Headphone jack, full-size HDMI, SD card reader
- Dimensions: 360.7 x 243.6 x 15.9mm
- Weight: 1.95kg
- 60w 4-Cell Li-Ion Polymer battery, fast-charging
Xiaomi has already released a price list, but the availability is yet to be announced. But judging by its history, we may not see the Mi Notebook Pro here in the Philippines — at least officially. Still, we’re keeping our fingers crossed. But in case it doesn’t happen, there’s always the online sellers which import these kind of products in our country.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro prices
- Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM: CNY5,599 (around Php43,800)
- Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM: CNY6,399 (around Php50,000)
- Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM: CNY6,999 (around Php54,800)