Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mi Notebook Air vs MacBook Air 2016: Prices, Specs & Where to Buy?

Mi Notebook Air vs MacBook Air 2016: Prices, Specs & Where to Buy?

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Chinese company Xiaomi has been widely popular for producing budget-friendly smartphones and other gadgets, appliances and almost everything powered by electricity. Lately, they took a huge leap by introducing the Mi Notebook Air.

Does the name sound familiar? Apple’s MacBook Air is the inspiration for the product. However, it looks like the China version really has something to show off when it comes to the specs and features.

Mi Notebook Air will have two variants. First, let us take a look at the 13-inch version.

According to Ars Technica, the first variant has a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U (Turbo up to 2.7GHz), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, an Nvidia Geforce 940MX, a 256GB PCIe SSD with a factory expandable SATA SSD slot and 802.11AC Wi-Fi.

Additionally, it has a measurement of  309.6mm x 210.9mm x 14.8mm (12.18″ × 8.3″ × 0.58″) and weighs 2.82 pounds (1.28kg). More than that, Xiaomi boast about its  9.5-hour battery life. The price is about $750.

On the other hand, the 12.5-inch model sports an Intel Core M3 with integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and 802.11AC Wi-Fi. It weighs (1.07kg) and measures 292 x 202 x 12.9mm (11.5″ × 7.95″ × 0.51″).

Furthermore, the lighter variant has a battery life that can last up to 11 hours. The quote is around $525.

For the similarities, both have a one USB Type-C port for charging, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack. Windows 10 runs the laptops.

Just like the MacBook Air, Mi Notebook Air comes in gold and silver with a backlit keyboard. Meanwhile, Macrumors got a hold Macbook Air’s updates.

According to the website, Apple might still keep the USB Type-C port to the device. However, the Cupertino-based company has not confirmed this yet.

Moreover, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple will launch three new MacBook models before the end of 2016. A 13-inch MacBook might be out before September.

In that case, Kuo must have hinted that the MacBook Air will be out soon because after that, he revealed that two thinner and lighter 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will be out as well.

It appears that Xiaomi is also trying to test the waters by digging their way to the laptop market. Tech savvy users must check the Mi Notebook Air. The Chinese release date is set to be on Aug. 2.

Meanwhile, check out the photos below:

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