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Xiaomi’s unleashes Mi Notebook Air, starts at only $525

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Xiaomi unveils their very own laptop aptly called Mi Noteboook Air.

Xiaomi isn’t shy about copying everything Apple, and it seems like the company has to plans to stop either. They just revealed their own laptop, and guess what – it closely resembles Apple’s Macbook Air. But that’s what every other laptop manufacturer has been doing for a couple of years now, right? The Air is the gold standard for laptops, so it’s understandable that it gets a lot of attention.

The Mi Notebook Air isn’t trying to best the competition out. In fact, it’s much like an entry to mid-range level laptop with a great price. There will be two version available; a 12.5-inch model and a 13.3-inch variant with better internals.

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The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air is slightly comparable to the retina Macbook. It also has a low power Intel Core M3 processor, beautiful aluminum design, thin, and lightweight body. Only 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD limits it, though. While that’s a step lower than the retina Macbook, it’s acceptable because it’s also half the price. The device measures 292 x 202 x 12.9mm and weights only 1.07kg. The most interesting thing about the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air is Xiaomi’s claim of “11.5 hours” of battery life.

On the other hand, the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air looks a lot like the Macbook Air. It comes with a 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5-6200U (turbo 2.7GHz), Nvidia Geforce 940MX, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and an expandable SATA SSD slot. The device weighs a little heavier at 1.28kg, and measures 210.9mm x 14.8mm. It has a less ambitious claim of “9.5 hours” of uptime.Mi-Notebook-Air-Philippines

Both of the devices feature Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution displays, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, USB Type-C port, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, headphone jack, and HDMI port. The Mi Notebook Airs are running on Windows 10. It’ll also be deep in the “Mi ecosystem” with pre-installed apps like integration to Mi band which can unlock the laptop when the owner is nearby, and Mi Sync.

Mi Notebook will come in gold and silver colors and it will begin shipping in China as early as August 2. The 12.5-inch version is priced at $525 (~Php24,700), while the 13.3-inch model starts at $750 (~Php35,300). There’s still no word about international availability.

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