Xiaomi jumps into laptop arena with Notebook Air
The entry-level laptop from Xiaomi is the Mi Notebook Air 12.5". The device is powered by the dual-core Intel Core m3-6Y30, featuring the Skylake microarchitecture as well as the ninth-generation of Intel's integrated graphics. The CPU is rated at a 1.1 GHz with 4 MB of last level cache. The laptop comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, 128 GB SATA SSD storage, for all your connectivity needs there are 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi ad Bluetooth, and for fund there are 1 MP webcam, two microphones, and AKG speakers.
Mi Notebook Air 12.5" has one USB Type-C port for charging and display output, one USB 3.0 Type-A port as well as one HDMI connector. The display has 1920x1080 resolution, very good 170° wide viewing angle, and good brightness with 600:1 contrast ratio. The main advantage of the Mi Notebook Air 12.5” over its bigger brother is its 11.5 hours rated battery life and very low weight. It compares well with Apple MacBook - if you like Windows 10 - and at $525 it is very affordable.
The more powerful Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3" is based on the dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U at 2.3 GHz and NVIDIA’s GeForce 940 MX discrete GPU with 1 GB GDDR5 memory. Xiaomi says that by equipping its 13.3” laptop with a standalone graphics processor it enables higher performance in games when compared with iGPU. The notebook has 8 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, a 256 GB NVMe SSD, 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and obligatory 1 MP webcam, two microphones, and AKG speakers.
The larger laptop from Xiaomi features a better display panel than the smaller model. Despite the similar resolution, viewing angles and brightness, the 13.3" notebook has a rated 800:1 contrast ratio. However, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3" is 14.8 mm thick and a bit heavier than its little brother. The laptop is equipped with a battery that gives it up to 9.5 hours of rated battery life. For $640, the larger Xiaomi is definitely a laptop you should take into consideration. ■
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