Xiaomi officially announces Mi Notebook Air, claims it’s 13% thinner than Apple’s MacBook Air

Laurent Giret

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi introduced its first Windows 10 notebook, the Mi Notebook Air during a press event in Beijing earlier today (via Windows Central). The notebook will be available in 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch variants (in gold or silver colour) and its full aluminum body and slim profile and branding makes it an obvious MacBook competitor. Actually, the company claimed that the Mi Notebook Air is 13% thinner and 11% smaller than Cupertino’s popular Macbook Air.

While the notebook will sport the Xiaomi brand, the company has actually partnered with another company called Tian Mi to manufacture the laptops. Here are the detailed specs of the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air:

  • 309 by 210.9 by 14.8 mm; 1.28 kg (2.82 pounds)
  • 13.3-inch, full-HD display with edge-to-edge glass
  • 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor, up to 2.7GHz
  • Nvidia 940MX video card
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Type-C USB for charging, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 3.5mm audio port
  • 40Wh battery, 9.5 hours of battery life with fast charging
The Mi Notebook Air will come in gold or silver.
The Mi Notebook Air will come in gold or silver.

The smaller 12.5-inch model will have slightly lower specs with an Intel Core M processors, no discrete GPU, only 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. However, this model will have an 11.5 hours battery life, which is 2 hours longer than its bigger sibling.

The Mi Notebook Air will be available in China starting August 2nd: the 13.3-inch version will retail for ¥4,999 ($750) and the 12.5-inch model for ¥3,999 ($525). However, the Chinese company has yet to reveal if it plans to sell its first Windows 10 ultrabook in other markets. Overall, Xiaomi seems like a promising manufacturer which seems to be able to produce high-quality hardware at an affordable price. After Chinese manufacturer Huawei introduced a pretty good 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet with its Matebook a few weeks ago, it’s good to bring some competitions to the traditional laptop manufacturers. Would you like Xiaomi to release the Mi Notebook Air in your country? Let us know what you think of the new notebook in the comments below.