Xiaomi is very well-known to producing premium devices including smartphones and selling it to you without breaking the bank. They are also known to be making things like Television sets, WiFi routers, air purifiers, and other home automation items. At today’s launch event Xiaomi is entering the mobile computing market with their latest Notebook Air.
The Notebook Air is an ultra-portable notebook PC running an Intel Core i5 6200 processor clocked at a maximum 2.7GHz. That processing chip is paired with 8GB of RAM to keep everything running smoothly and as snappy as possible. Storage comes in the form of an SSD with 256GB capacity. Display is at a modest 13.3-inch with Full HD resolution at 1,920 x 1,080 pixel count. The 1.28kg laptop is powered by a 40Wh battery that is quoted to keep the ultra-portable running up to 9.5 hours. It also comes with USB Type-C charging to keep everything as slim as possible.
This ultra-portable is unique though with its NVidia Geforce GTX940 MX discrete graphics card. This should mean that the laptop can actually run some pretty graphics heavy operations with ease. Xiaomi even claims that this thing can run Dota 2 at Full HD with 85 FPS. Talk about redefining portable gaming.
There is also a smaller variant of the Notebook Air though if you think 13.3-inch is too big. The smaller version will still retain the Full HD albeit the smaller 12.5-inch display. It will lose the discrete GTX940 MX though to make it even thinner and lighter at 1.07kg. Losing the discreet graphics card also helps to boost battery life up to two hours on top of the 9.5 hours quoted on the 13.3 version.
The product will be available in China from August 2 onward retailing at RMB4,999 (MYR3,059) for the 13.3-inch model and RMB3,499 (MYR2,141) for the 12.5-inch. Just like the Redmi Pro launched today there are no confirmed availability outside of China at the moment. It does look like a product that might sell in this part of the world though with those sort of prices. Despite that we are not too positive about its official availability in Malaysia. Judging by the amount of Xiaomi’s full range of products that did not make it into this part of the world, we are almost certain that even this brilliant laptop may arrive; for the foreseeable future anyway. We do hope that they may release the laptop here though.
Do keep a look out in this space though as we will be updating its availability as and when the information is available.