Xiaomi presentation held in China on July 27, and on it, in addition to all the expected announcement of the smartphone, as two uncharacteristic for the Chinese product companies were represented – laptops. Advent laptop brand Xiaomi many fans have been waiting for a long time: various rumors on this subject went further in 2015, there were some ideas that supposedly renders these products and other things, as often happens. Of all the rumors diversity could make one correct assumption – probably Xiaomi decides firmly inspired products of American Apple, before you decide to create your own laptop. And so it happened.
Lineup Xiaomi laptop includes two products – the version with a screen diagonal of 12.5 ” and the version with a screen diagonal of 13.3 ”. Design, materials, overall manufacturing principle and arrangement of the elements in these laptops are the same, so I will give separately the characteristics of the models, but I will tell right away about both notebooks.
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Talk about laptops Xaomi need to start with the design and materials, and here are all very simple, really. Externally, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air are copies of Apple products, the Chinese turned a certain mixture of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. If you leave behind the issue of copying (can discuss it in the comments), then we have great laptops with excellent and at the same time simple design – no big flashy logos, inscriptions and other extra tinsel.
Housing materials – aluminum and glass protection for the screen, there is also done “according to Apple templates.” Accordingly, in reality, both models should be well assembled and look good.
Dimensions laptops by thin frames and generally accurate design can be called good. The junior model weighs 1.07 kg, the eldest – 1.28 kg.
The Xiaomi note that the notebook is very thin frame around the screen, in practice, beyond just the usual. Yes, as far as neat and not too thick, but not record-thin (like Dell, for example).
According to the “hardware” in most of the described characteristics, I would mention only the key differences between the older and younger models. The Mi Notebook 12.5 ” used Intel Core m3 mobile processor and has a bit of an old DDR3 memory (4 GB), while Mi Notebook 13.3 ” built on the new Intel Core i5 and features faster RAM standard DDR4 (8 GB). Both models installed SSD-drive, 128 and 256 GB, respectively, as well as a slot for installing a second SSD or the HDD. The graphics in the junior version – Intel HD, in high – GeForce 940MX. And there, and there is a simple front-facing camera with a resolution of 1 megapixel, two dynamics that are configured by the AKG, as noted during the presentation. The Air 12.5 “power of 1W each speaker, in Air 13.3″ – at 2W.
For cooling in the older version, 13.3 ”, a system with two fans, the youngest, in theory, should not be so noisy, because it uses a mobile version of the Intel Core, less demanding cooling.
The screens on laptops are slightly different in color and some other characteristics, but here and there used matrix IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. From damages displays are protected by glass.
The battery in the low-end model to 7400 mAh (at 5 V), the older – 8000 mAh. The company claims to versions with a screen 13.3 ” to 9.5 hours of battery life in a mixed mode. The indicator, at least on paper, very good. But it is also important that both the laptop supports fast charging and can be recharged to 50% in just half an hour. This is really handy option.
To charge the laptops used USB Type-C, optionally it can be to purchase a special “hub”, expanding the capabilities of the port (like the MacBook, yes). Also in the junior version has one USB 3.0 port, the HDMI output, and a 3.5 mm mini-jack, the older version of the same things, only two USB 3.0 ports.
It should be noted at the normal markup, and the number of keyboard shortcuts. There are a number of digital and separately a number of F-keys, as well as lights. The touchpad is large, supports a variety of gestures with two fingers and touch handles three or even four fingers at once.
In addition to laptops Xiaomi introduced immediately branded leatherette covers, fabrics and natural leather, as well as on the cover sticker.
Work both versions of the Mi Notebook on the Windows 10 operating system.
In the sale of laptops in China Xiaomi received on August 2 costs 3500 yuan per Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 ” (about 35 000) and 5000 yuan per Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 ” (about 50 000). The release date is not yet firm covers announced, prices will vary from 70 to 300 yuan, depending on the material from which the bag is made. It would seem that such a low price for such luxury laptops – joy! In practice, all a little different.
Yes, the notebooks themselves, if not look at their prices, have turned out different. The company borrowed from Apple almost everything that could be, on the design, the materials, the overall concept to the large touchpad with gesture support and a relatively small number of connectors (in previous versions). Almost all of the borrowing – positive, and in fact Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – an excellent notebook for daily tasks and missions, if you do not like or do not fit the MacBook and if you do not mind an explicit copy, which is obviously there.
But all depends on the price and availability. The fact is that, like all other products Xiaomi, laptops initially will be sold only through the official website mi.com only waves. Buy the device without the Chinese address and the Chinese bank card is impossible, but not the point. The fact is that to the stated prices can immediately add about 50%, and this is the best start for the actual cost of each model in the first month of sales. It turns out that the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5 ” will cost approximately 4 500-5 000 yuan (45 000-50 000), and Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 ” – about 7 000-7 500 yuan (about 70 000-75 000 rubles). Agree, the price is not so attractive.
Discussing Xiaomi notebooks, we are talking about buying somewhere in the ground is not always proven, that is, it’s just the minimum price in some online store, with no official guarantee, service and other things. And if on the same principle to look at the Apple MacBook Air 13, 2016 the cost of, for example, it turns out that this laptop is quite possible to buy in Russia for the same 70 000-75 000. Yes, it will be on the SSD 128 GB, not 256, and previous generation Core i5, but this is Apple with proven quality and decades of experience in the development of laptops. And in this case the price of the MacBook and Mi Notebook not only comparable, but in fact the same. For a Chinese company, whose main asset for many years was the low cost of production, this situation seems to be simply unacceptable.
Therefore, the conclusion is simple – the stated price laptops Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is very interesting, the question is how soon they will be available with a small extra charge (I’m not even talking about this price, as mi.com site) rather than a half times more expensive than stated.